New Orleans is a city bursting with heart and soul. From the vibrant community to the seemingly endless line of notable artists and musicians that call the city home, this is where many flock to entertain and be entertained.
Jackson Square is a must-visit, found in the heart of the French Quarter, New Orleans’ cultural hub. Andrew Jackson’s likeness greets visitors to the square in the shadows of the skyward reaching towers, a must-have photo for anyone who pays a visit. Stroll through New Orleans City Park to enjoy the open air and arguably some of the best people-watching anywhere.
Art buffs will want to take a walk through the Warehouse District. Pay a visit to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, to see the thousands of works that constitute the largest collection of Southern art in the world. Shop for antiques and one-of-a-kind finds on Magazine Street in the picturesque Gardens District, or browse the shops along Oak & Maple Street in the historic district of Carrollton. Mix and mingle in the cosmopolitan Faubourg Marigny, where charming homes, narrow sidewalks and bustling cafes welcome you to interact.
Don’t miss the Insectarium, the largest collection of creepy crawlies both beautiful and frightening in North America. Go wild at the Audubon Zoo or pensively reflect on history at the National World War II Museum. For a sight unlike anything you may have seen before, visit Metairie Cemetery, one of the best-known “Cities of the Dead” in the city. And don’t forget to hop on a streetcar for an authentic New Orleans experience.
Night owls will feel right at home in New Orleans; the city truly shines after dark. The party is always on at Bourbon Street, one of the best-loved nightlife destinations in the world. You can eat your fill of Southern cooking here – though you can hardly turn a corner in New Orleans without finding incredible Gulf seafood, Creole, Spanish or French fusion cooking. You’ll find the city’s most talented musicians lighting it up on Frenchman Street, where live music carries on far into the night.
When the party winds down, stay in comfort and convenience at an IHG hotel. With friendly staff and locations near all of the city’s best attractions, you won’t find a better place to call home while you visit.