New Orleans Louisiana

New Orleans has long been the largest city in Louisiana, and one of the premier cities in the world.

"The Big Easy" is situated on curves on the Mississippi River, and also called "The Crescent City".

Mardi Gras in New OrleansMardi Gras in New Orleans

It is the site of the French Quarter, Canal Street, and has been the locale of many world-class hotels over the years such as the Roosevelt Hotel, Jung and the Monteleone. Also located downtown is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints NFL team and the site of several Super Bowls, including the 2013 Super Bowl.

Things to Do in New Orleans

From world-renowned festivals to the end of the Great River Road in Plaquemines Parish, the Greater New Orleans area offers a variety of experiences for visitors.

New Orleans has long been a harbor for the creative powers of artists, writers and musicians, and their influences can be seen throughout the city.

New Orleans offers visitors beautiful architecture, The Audubon Institute’s Zoo, Aquarium and Insectarium, nightclubs, museums, historic streetcars, and art galleries, shopping, world-class cuisine, authentic music and riverboat rides.

Popular attractions include the National World War II Museum, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, Audubon Park, Preservation Hall, the Garden District, riverboat rides on the Mississippi, and much more.

New Orleans is also known for it Mardi Gras early each year. Mardi Gras is the biggest celebration the city of New Orleans hosts every year.

Mardi Gras
February 28, 2017
French Quarter Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 6-9, 2017
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 28 - May 7, 2017

Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Louis Armstrong Park
New Orleans
June 24-25, 2017

This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered party is laced with tradition and is all about having a good time!

The most recent Mardi Gras was on February 28, 2017.

Other popular annual events include the Louisiana Seafood Festival, Jazz Fest, the Essence Festival, and the French Quarter Festival.

Swamp Tours in the Greater New Orleans Area

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps!

In the greater New Orleans area, there are many swamp tour options in communities such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and Laplace.

Swamp tour operators offer a variety of options, boats, tour length and cost. Some use flat bottom boats, others operate airboats. Kayak and canoe tours are also available.

If you are visiting the greater New Orleans area, many of the tour operators offer pickups at French Quarter and downtown hotels.

While some operators offer online reservations, others require phone reservations. Some accept credit cards and others require cash, so plan accordingly.

Read more about Swamp Tours in the Greater New Orleans Area.

Gulf to Table New Orleans Style
Video from Louisiana Travel

New Orleans chefs and restauranteurs tell the story of Gulf to table cuisine in the Crescent City.

Big Easy Motors TV Show on the History Channel

A new TV show debuted in 2016 on the History Channel featuring the local New Orleans automobile restoration shop "The Bomb Factory".

There’s undiscovered treasure in the bayous of Louisiana and Charles Handler knows how to find it. From a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible to a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT, Handler and his team find long-forgotten piles of junk and turn them into dazzling custom cars. Each episode, based in New Orleans, the Big Easy, features amazing vehicle restorations and high stakes auctions where everything’s on the line.

Tuesdays at 10/9c on the History Channel

Read more about Big Easy Motors


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Metairie, the first surburb of New Orleans, is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, between New Orleans and the City of Kenner.

Located in Jefferson Parish, Metairie has a population of about 450,000 residents.

Jefferson Parish straddles the Mississippi River and includes towns and cities which are governed by their respective local governments, including the cities of Kenner and Harahan on the east bank, Gretna and Westwego on the west bank, and Grand Isle on the Gulf of Mexico.

Metairie is not a city and it has no mayor or local government of its own. As part of Jefferson Parish, Metairie is governed by the Jefferson Parish Council. 


Kenner, a surburb of New Orleans, is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, near New Orleans and Metairie.

Kenner is the home of Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY), formerly known as Moisant Field.

Located in Jefferson Parish, Kenner has a population of about 70,000 residents. 

Kenner was founded in 1855 by Minor Kenner on three former plantations. As New Orleans grew, "surburban" areas like Kenner flourished during the 1930s, as automobiles became a more dominant and affordable means of transportation, and more highways were constructed. Airline Highway, U.S. Highway 61, boomed.

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Growth of the Lodging Industry in New Orleans

New Orleans has always been a popular tourist destination, and great structures such as the Jung Hotel, the Roosevelt Hotel, and the Hotel Monteleone have served their guests for decades.

Jung Hotrl, Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
Vintage postcard of the Jung Hotel, Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
"The South's Largest and Finest Hotel"

During the 1930s, as automobiles became a more dominant and affordable means of transportation, and more highways were constructed, tourist courts were built, offering the privacy and comfort of a one-room accommodation.

Whether they were called courts, cottages, cabins, or lodges, they offered similar amenities.

Gradually a newer, but similar, concept evolved: the motel, between an auto tourist camp and the traditional downtown hotel. And many adopted the "art deco" theme popular at the time.