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Visiting the Truly Unique New Orleans

Destination & Tourism | Jennifer and Mark Campbell | May 17, 2016

Visiting the Truly Unique New Orleans

Photos by Just Chasing Rabbits

New Orleans is completely unique, with a culture all its own. Eat the beignets, smell the crawfish, see the parade floats, listen to the jazz and feel the soul that reverberates here.

The city lost a lot of its touristy attractions after Hurricane Katrina. While that takes away many “things to-do,” the sites and attractions that remain are totally and completely authentic NOLA.

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Who cares if you can't ride a roller coaster or see wax statues when you've got Mardi Gras floats and beignets?!

Mardi Gras World

If you've ever wondered how a parade float is made, this place will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of how it's done.

The floats will make your jaw drop because they are so beautiful, but also because they are so big!

If you're lucky, you'll get to see a few artists painting or sculpting, which is awesome. Don't be afraid to ask questions! They can tell you all about their process, but also the history of parades and Mardi Gras, and they might even have the inside scoop on future parades.

Added Bonus: They feed you King Cake! YES!

Jackson Square

A great place to stroll around on an afternoon. St. Louis Cathedral is beautiful. You will usually find artists creating and selling their art around the square, and street performers for your entertainment. Don't feel like walking? Hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a tour!

Bourbon Street

Walking up and down this street is interesting to say the least. It may not be for the faint-hearted as the people can get a bit rowdy (or if you can't handle walking by exotic dancers and such). The shops are great fun, and the karaoke bars can be super entertaining. I think you have to have the Bourbon Street experience at least once!

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The French Market

Located just off of Jackson Square, you'll find lots of vendors set up in an outdoor market. It can be a hit or miss, but who doesn't love wandering through booths looking for treasures?

This story originally appeared on the Just Chasing Rabbits blog.

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