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New Orleans, Louisiana Vacation Guide
New Orleans provides a special brand of Southern Hospitality that is heavily influenced by its history and location. It is a unique American city that attracts visitors from all over the world.
They come for the European influenced architecture, the music and the food, to experience Mardi Gras and to enjoy the local attitude exemplified in the city's motto; Laissez les bon temps rouler!Let the good times roll!
New Orleans was founded under French control of Louisiana in 1718. It switched to Spanish control then back to French before being sold to the United States in 1803.
Devestating fires during the brief Spanish rule in the late 1700s resulted in a complete rebuilding of the historic center of New Orleans known as the French Quarter in a, still dominant, lacy wrought iron balcony festooned architural style.
The French Quarter is the most famous New Orleans neighborhood with Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, the French Market and Riverside Park familiar to millions from news coverage of Mardi Gras and the depiction of New Orleans Square at Disneyland.
The Mississippi River defines one edge of the French Quarter. You can ride a Mississippi River Steamboat or enjoy any one of a number of New Orleans Tours including swamp tours, walking tours, Voodoo and Ghost tours or a visit to the nearby River Road Plantations.
The historic St. Charles Streetcar is one way to get to the Gardent District in New Orleans. The Garden District is known for elegant mansions exemplifying many architectural styles, including Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne Victorians. Visit one of New Orleans "Cities of the Dead"—cemetarys with above ground tombs.
While in the area check out the Audubon Zoo of New Orleans which along with the Aquarium of the Americas is funded by the Audubon Nature Institute.
We have a number of services to make a visit to New Orleans more enjoyable including both a French Quarter map and a Garden District map.
After your virtual visit to New Orleans you may want to check out other beautiful and historic places on iNeTours.com including London and nearby cities and attractions, New York City, San Francisco, Las Vegas, the California Wine Country and California's Central Coast, Los Angeles, San Diego and Yosemite National Park.
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