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Though New Orleans’s annual Mardi Gras celebration may be the Crescent City’s biggest draw, there’s plenty of history, world-class dining, and, of course, all that jazz. A true fusion of French, African, and Southern cultures, the Big Easy charms with its signature Southern hospitality.
Storied plantations and spooky cemeteries draw history buffs, especially the LaLaurie House, with its ghostly past and current status as a cult-favorite destination. Taking a ghost tour is a must for brave visitors.
It’s not called the Big Easy for nothing — the city embraces its laid-back vibe, especially during brunches, long coffee breaks, and impromptu beignet stops. Café du Monde is legendary and worth the long lines. For signature Creole cooking, stop at Commander’s Palace, which has been serving up Southern favorites since 1880.
Enjoy a hurricane in any of the bars on Bourbon Street, the epicenter of NOLA’s nightlife. It’s where you can snag a set of the city’s trademark beads and take in street parades, live music, and find voodoo shops. Take in a Saints game from the city’s numerous watering holes, or see the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for yourself. Make sure to check the city’s festival lineup – New Orleans hosts over 100 events a year, including Mardi Gras, the French Quarter Fest, and the Essence Music Festival. There’s something happening no matter when you visit.