New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana. This vibrant city is situated along the Mississippi River and near the Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate where summers are long and hot while winters and short and cool. The hurricane season is from June to November so avoid booking a hotel at that time.
The Mississippi Company founded New Orleans in May 7, 1718. This company was led by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville who took over the place from the Chitimacha tribes. The city was named after Philippe d'Orléans who introduced French Creole architecture in New Orleans.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Thousands of tourists travel to New Orleans for the Mardi Gras which is usually held in February or March. Make reservations in advance to increase your chances of getting cheap hotel rates and enjoy the colorful parades and street parties. The most visited area in New Orleans is the French Quarter where you can find many historical sites including the Artillery Park, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Cabildo and Presbytere. There are also many attractions suited for children such as the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, Louisiana Childrens' Museum and Storyland Amusement Park. Streetcar rides are also very popular in New Orleans so head down to St. Charles Avenue to enjoy the ride.
Most attractions can be explored on foot especially those at the French Quarter, but another great alternative is riding a bike and there are bike rental companies in that area too. Buses, trolley cars and rapid railway transits are in operation 24/7.