Destinations to Consider – New Orleans, LouisianaSep 22, 2017
New Orleans. NOLA. The Big Easy. New Orleans is filled with exquisite food, live jazz, street performers and an appreciation for all that life has to offer. Everything in New Orleans is a good idea!
New Orleans is in southeastern Louisiana and it straddles the Mississippi River. The city is named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723. It was established by French colonists and the city was strongly influenced by their European culture.
Visitors can fly into Louis Armstrong International Airport and reach Downtown and the French Quarter within 30 minutes.
Weather is warm most of the year, with Spring being the most popular time to visit. There is no bad time to visit New Orleans!
New Orleans can host meetings from ten people to tens of thousands. The city boasts more than 35,000 hotel rooms! There are numerous choices to meet every Sponsor’s guidelines and budgets.
So much of what makes New Orleans unique can be found in the French Quarter. It is an intoxicating neighborhood full of celebration, revelry, distraction and surprises. Culture and history can also be found around every corner.
Hop on a street car and head for the beautiful Southern Garden District. Here you will find antebellum mansions and beautifully maintained gardens surround by intricate cast-iron fences. Afterwards, stroll down famous Magazine Street to check out the eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants and vintage stores. Only in New Orleans could cemeteries be major tourist attractions. The deceased are buried above ground in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums, with elaborate sculptures and other decorative artwork embellishing the beautiful tombs.
There have been almost 500 major films produced in Louisiana. Each month there are films and television shows being filmed and produced. No matter where you are in the city, you may just walk right onto a film set.
New Orleans proudly holds to its traditions. They can be seen in its cuisine served in centuries’ old restaurants and in its joyful second line parades. It’s a city full of life that is bursting from the seams. As the locals say, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” (Let the good times roll!).
Author: Erin Hulton