About New Orleans

About New OrleansNew Orleans is a city known for its sensual delights. Travelers come from all over the world to experience the food, music, architecture and people that make the city so unique. New Orleans has a rich history and a vibrant culture, with a variety of attractions for visitors to enjoy.

History
Pierre Le Moyne and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River and established the first European settlement in the area. Here a mixture of Native American, French, African and Caribbean islanders created the unique blend of culture that became fundamental to the city. The area passed into the hands of Spain in the 1700s. It was then ceded back to the French who sold it to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Over the years, New Orleans became an important port city with influences from around the world. It became an important center for food, music, literature, commerce and history.

Getting There
New Orleans is located at the mouth of the Mississippi River at the southern end of the state of Louisiana. The city is served by Louis Armstrong International Airport, which lies 11 miles west of New Orleans. You can also get to New Orleans via Amtrak train. A number of lines are available. Greyhound buses also travel to New Orleans from Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia.

Attractions
Enjoy the historic St. Louis Cathedral and plan your culinary stops for the day. Make a stop at the open-air French Market for interesting shopping, music and dining. Riding a riverboat on the Mississippi is one of the classic ways to enjoy the city or take a Voodoo Tour of the city and surrounding cemeteries. Stroll down Bourbon Street and enjoy the shops, music and personalities in one of the most colorful parts of the city. A tour of the garden district shows you some of the historic homes of New Orleans. Take a class at the New Orleans Cooking School or stop by the New Orleans Jazz Historical Part to learn more about this unique musical form that is so much a part of the city.

Lodging
New Orleans offers travelers a range of lodging options, from traditional brand name chain hotels to historic hotels with individual flavor. Bed and breakfast establishments are also available, offering personal service in charming surroundings.

Dining
Dining rises to an art form in New Orleans with a variety of specialties to suit every taste. Try traditional Creole and Cajun dishes, seafood, gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches and a variety of pastries and treats. Well-known restaurants may be crowded during peak tourist seasons and reservations are recommended for dinner.