Every tourist destination has its attractions. However, because every tourist is different, these attractions have greater or lesser value. In this series Gary gives his reasons for traveling to a particular place. Hopefully some of his thoughts will entice you to consider adding this particular place to your itinerary. The entire series is being categorized under the heading, “Spotlights.” You may find more information about these locations in the archives of this website, under headings such as, “Great Places,” “Things to Do in,” “Best of,” “Top 10” and “Places of a Lifetime.” In addition, there may be “Walking Tours” of these places available for purchase on the website for the low price of $1.49 each.
New Orleans is one of the most unique and unusual destinations in the United States. Incredible Jazz music is everywhere, on the streets, in the eateries, in the parks and public spaces. Food is also a major emphasis in New Orleans. Here is the epicenter of Cajun and Creole cooking. The evenings are all about fun. With Bourbon Street closed to vehicles, the entire French Quarter is an outdoor party. Give New Orleans a high priority on your travel bucket list for at least the following reasons:
1. Jackson Square is a high point of any walking tour of New Orleans. With St Louis Cathedral as a backdrop and an impressive equestrian statue of city hero, Andrew Jackson, this park is truly beautiful.
2. Wrought Iron railings and flower-bedecked patios are a New Orleans trademark in the French Quarter.
3. A ride on the St Charles Avenue Streetcar introduces visitors to lovely Antebellum homes and a look back at an Old South neighborhood.
4. A boat ride on the Mississippi River in a vintage paddlewheel steamboat is also a necessary activity while in New Orleans.
These boats usually head upriver, turning around at the site of the Battle of New Orleans.