New Orleans
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New Orleans is famous for its dynamic music scene, delicious food, beautiful architecture, friendly faces and of course Mardi Gras. But if you only watch the #Carnival here, you're just scratching the surface of this vibrant city. After the #MardiGras follows the Jazz Festival in spring, where New Orleans is celebrated as the birthplace of #Jazz.

This city has developed its own personality and #culture that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. This is partly due to its unique dynamic mix of cultural influences (including French, Caribbean and African) and its exciting #history. It is no wonder that the city in #Louisiana is considered by so many to be one of the best destinations in the #USA.

Best time to travel

#NewOrleans has a very humid and hot climate In terms of temperature, the months February to May are considered the most comfortable and best time to visit the city. At this time there is a pleasant and cooler weather. February is also the month of Mardi Gras and is by far the busiest and most popular time to visit New Orleans. If you want to come during Carnival, make sure you plan your trip well in advance.

June through November is considered the hurricane season in New Orleans and is considered the worst time to visit. The weather is generally a huge factor. If you can, we recommend that you also avoid the months of June through August. The summer is really humid, but if you don't have any problems with that, that's also possible because there are air conditioners almost everywhere.

Sights and activities

Bourbon Street is one of the most notorious sights of New Orleans. The street with its lively (karaoke) bars, lively pubs and cafes runs right across the French Quarter, which is characterized by ornate French #Architecture. During the day, the #BourbonStreet is home to many talented street artists. At night, this street is transformed into a party centre. Even if you don't drink and don't party, it is an experience to walk down this street. In this part of the city there are also several famous restaurants that serve specialities like Gumbo or Jambalaya.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest cemetery in the city and one of the most famous. You will find here the last resting place of the voodoo queen Marie Laveau and the strange future pyramid grave of the actor Nicholas Cage. As this catholic cemetery is located directly in front of the #FrenchQuarter and only certain people have access to it, it is best to visit it on a guided tour.

Jackson Square is located relatively central in the French Quarter near the #Mississippi. It was named after General Andrew Jackson and although it has a dark past, this beautiful park is a great place to take a break from all the madness of Bourbon Street. The park is full of sellers of hand painted artwork, fortune tellers and street artists. 

The square is also home to St. Louis Cathedral. It is the oldest cathedral in the United States and is beautiful both inside and out. The entrance is free and the cathedral is definitely worth a visit. 

The best view of Jackson Square is from across the street. When you leave Jackson Square, cross Decatur Street to Washington Artillery Park. Climb up the stairs and enjoy the view of Jackson Square.

Go balcony hunting on Royal Street, which is also close to Jackson Square. A sultry evening walk is a wonderful way to explore this part of the French Quarter. There are eye-catching balconies at every corner of the quarter and you won't want to miss a single one. 

The Garden District is home to some of the most beautiful and impressive homes in New Orleans - well-preserved magnificent Italian or Victorian-style villas from before the American Civil War. Every house is breathtaking! Start on St. Charles, which is the same street that the tram goes down. You can get off the tram at any stop, walk around and then get back on and ride to the next area. The tram leaves every 10 minutes, so you don't have to wait. This part of the city is also a good place to stay in the heat, as huge oaks will provide you with shade on your walk.

In the Frenchmen Street in the quarter Faubourg Marigny there are numerous bars and clubs where live jazz, blues and rock is played.