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City Pulse: The Only Guide to New Orleans You Need

Destination & Tourism | Tom Bastek | April 10, 2015

City Pulse: The Only Guide to New Orleans You Need

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We Say:

The Crescent City is a place known for its music, its cuisine and its culture. A little bit Voodoo, a little bit French, a whole lot of fun, New Orleans is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Rooted in the slave trade, Civil War and at one time coming under the rule of six different flags, The Big Easy has a little bit of everything for everyone. Since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has rebuilt and consistently increased their tourist population. There are many colleges and universities in the city, most famously, Tulane University located in the Garden District.

They Say:

A timeless city with a unique way of life, steeped in European traditions and Caribbean influences, New Orleans draws curious travelers to experience its rich heritage, history and culture. Follow the scent of gumbo floating out the kitchen window, wander down gas lit streets to the sounds of brass bands and blues guitars, let the romance of a hidden courtyard sweep you away. New Orleans is many things to many people – a home for the arts, a hub of innovation, an agent of inspiration. A historic city made new, it’s ever changing with something to delight every visitor. - New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau 




Current Traffic: Google Traffic

Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Public Transit: New Orleans Regional Transit Authority                                                   

Bikeshare: Awaiting government approval.

Walkability Score: 56 at Walk Score

Parking Options / Expense: ParkMe, Best Parking

Best Accommodations: ( Higher Guest Rated)

Boutique: Hotel Le Marais

High End: Hyatt Regency New Orleans

High End: The Roosevelt New Orleans

Mid-Range: Le Pavillon Hotel

Bargain: Balcony Guest House

Foods to seek out:

Beignets – Café Du Monde – often imitated but never duplicated, and the coffee is good, too.

Po-Boys – Johnny’s Po-Boys in the quarter, and Parasol’s or Mahony’s in the Garden District.

Crawfish Etouffee – Chartres House: New Orleans Cajun Restaurant & Bar is your go-to place for crawfish and they serve it up eight different delicious ways to prove it.

Known For:

1. Food - Jacques-Imo’s – A Nawlin’s institution with plenty of Creole food, they also make an out of this world Fried Chicken and don’t miss the alligator sausage cheesecake.

2. Music – There is only one Preservation Hall, and they have been doing it since 1961

3. Architecture – Stroll down St. Charles Avenue and see one of the best collection of mansions in the country.

Sports Teams

NFL: New Orleans Saints

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans

MLB-AAA: New Orleans Zephyrs

Arena Football: New Orleans VooDoo

Cool attractions


1. Get a real Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s.

2. Try your luck at Harrah’s New Orleans.

3. Pick up a souvenir for someone special at Reverend Zombie's House of Voodoo.


1. Scare the pants off your spouse on a ghost tour with The Voodoo Bone Lady Haunted Tours.

2. Stroll the artisans and crafters of Jackson Square.

3. Have a nightcap at the Carousel Bar & Lounge in the Hotel Monteleone.


1. Give the family a great history lesson at the The National WWII Museum.

2. Take a ride on any of the Street Cars.

3. Take a Jazz Dinner Cruise on the Creole Queen.


1. Jazz:  Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

2. 24 hours-a-day-bar: Alibi Bar

3. Three-Martini Lunch (ok it not technically nightlife): Commander’s Palace 25¢ apiece.

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