Looking for a funky and flamboyant place to visit this summer? Look no further and come to New Orleans. This city offers good time, history, architecture, and adventures for all - nobody leaves disappointed. New Orleans is open, vibrant, and inviting all year long, but the most popular times to come for a visit are February to May. The weather is the most beautiful then and the festivals are plenty. Most families are limited by jobs and schools and can't just pick up and go whenever desired. This is why summer is usually a great time to travel. People want to reunite with families and experience new things all over the country. New Orleans offers great time and plenty of things to do in summer - from swamp tours to cemetery visits. The weather in summer is on a warmer side, but southerners are used to the heat, while visitors from the north can get a break from their cooler climates. People come to New Orleans to party, eat, and listed to great Jazz and R&B. Parades are common here and festive atmosphere is ever present, so indulge yourself and your senses. Summer is a slow season, so you can enjoy the lowest rates and the smallest crowds in the Crescent City.
One big summer holiday celebration here is July 4th on the River. Tourists are treated with an extravagant show of fireworks from dueling barges on the Mississippi River. The Essence Music Festival also takes place on the weekend of July 4th. This festival celebrates music and African-American heritage. It features famous popular and local rap, hip-hop, R&B, Gospel, Jazz, and Blues performers. So get your party mood on and enjoy both of those events. There are many areas around New Orleans to be enjoyed for their white sand beaches and local attractions. Visitors are encouraged to take a road trip along the Mexican Gulf coast and experience Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida costs. Swim, sun tan, fish, relax, and then come to New Orleans for some music and history.
New Orleans lures its visitors with the sounds of Jazz and the flavors of Cajun cuisine, following you from every bar and restaurant. Indulge yourself in the rich culture and explore the French Quarter to learn its history as the oldest part of the city. There are plenty of opportunities to hear live music here in one of many music bars or by street performers. Take walking tours of history and haunted houses to get a deeper understanding of the unique past. The history of New Orleans is alive and breathing in French Quarter and open for everybody. Wander through cobblestone streets and step back in time. Imagine the days of many famous writers and poets - Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern, and John J. Audubon all walked the same alleys of New Orleans. Marvel at the architecture, inspired by French, Spanish, and American cultures intertwining together. Plastered walls, shaded gardens, wrought iron balconies and porches are featured and preserved on houses in the French Quarter. Leave your car parked and enjoy the city on foot or take the unique museum on wheels - street car.
The French Quarter has it all - shopping, art galleries, accommodations, museums, and eateries. Come here at night for a romantic stroll through the sounds of music. Book a stay at a famed 1850 House Inn and Tavern for a real taste of New Orleans. The cozy hotel lovingly preserved the brick walls and original old wood works to give its guests the feeling and taste of the old city.
The Cabildo house is located in French Quarter and is one of the most famous and important buildings in the country. This is where the Purchase of Louisiana was signed and where the government of the sate resided for over 200 years. It's a museum now, so step inside for a great history lesson. French Market is right outside the Cabildo and is the oldest continuously running market place still offering shopping opportunities and live music. The St. Louis Cathedral is located next to Cabildo. It is the oldest continuous worship place for Roman Catholics in the United States and is currently active. The cathedral was first built in 1724 and then rebuilt two times due to hurricane and fire damage.
Stroll by the Mississippi River and marvel at its grandeur. This river is the largest water basin system in North America. The Mississippi delta is one of the biggest and richest wetland areas in the USA. The river empties into the Gulf of Mexico here and has been a major influencer in the building and development of New Orleans and the advancement to the West of the country.
Mississippi has to be thanked for rich New Orleans history, culture, and music. This strategic point allowed various influxes of cultures to reach the southern shores of the country and stay here. Blues and bluegrass music came from upstream, while African and Latin rhythms reached New Orleans from the Caribbean region and mixed beautifully.
Visitors should definitely explore the river and see the City from the water, as it was first seen by many new settlers. There are many riverboat and ferry tours. The last original historic steamboat is the Natchez Riverboat and it offers tours along the Mississippi River shores. You can book Dinner Jazz or Daytime Jazz cruises. The boat runs daily and year round, so it's always a good time to experience this mighty river on this historic boat. The river steamboat races are as famed as the boats themselves and have been happening for centuries now. The last Natchez boat has never been beaten in those races and is a reigning champion. Take the ride on this steam boat and step back in time when life here was as tranquil and graceful as the current of this majestic river.
New Orleans is a true gem where cultures from Africa, Europe, and Caribbean mixed and found a way to coexist in a beautiful melting pot of music, cuisine, and architecture. New Orleans is a great destination for every foodie. The restaurants are famous, chefs - world-renown, choices - endless. Food here is an art form and should definitely be enjoyed. Tourists will find old classics, new trends, and affordable places here coexisting happily together. Breakfast in the Big Easy is the most popular meal of the day. Thousands of tourists get up early here to get an early start on the myriad of activities the city has to offer. Breakfast often starts with cocktails and ends with dessert.
The list of suggested restaurants is endless. There are countless eateries to be enjoyed and tried. Creole, Cajun, French, and American flavors await all adventurous tourists in the city that never sleeps. Virtually every country of the world is represented in New Orleans, but while here, do go for amazing Cajun flavors. This French-speaking Acadian people's cooking is unique to New Orleans and uses local products and simple cooking techniques, but the result is tasty and unforgettable. Try Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee, Jambalaya, red Beans and Rice, Muffulettas and Beignets, and finish with freshly made Pralines to sample the famous tastes of New Orleans.