Looking for a reason to visit New Orleans? Here are five excellent ones — plus my list of must-see landmarks and not-to-be-missed restaurants.
1. The New Orleans tourist economy has struggled since Katrina so you would be assisting a historic city rebound.
2. New Orleans is a spot you can be yourself, without pretenses. Everyone is accepted, so you can come, enjoy and be!
3. This is a city with the best cuisine in America, from local po-boy restaurants to glitz and glamour. There is a spot with fine food and wine for every taste and every price range.
4. New Orleans is historic. It’s the real deal. No other city in America can boast of such charm, fascinating architecture, rich housing stock and remarkable neighborhoods. Whether you wander the streets of the French Quarter, poking into antique shops, or walk the Garden District neighborhood, this city is memorable and unique.
5. The sights and sounds, the sensibilities of the city, are unmatched. Come listen to a jazz band, eat a beignet at the famous Cafe du Monde, or have a drink at the Old Absinthe House in the French Quarter. You’ll never want to leave!
When you do come, be sure to visit these historic landmarks:
3. The St. Louis Cathedral
4. Jackson Square
5. Streetcar ride up St. Charles Avenue
6. The Historic New Orleans Collection
7. New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park
8. D-Day Museum — not historic but worth seeing.
And whatever you do, be sure to sample a meal at one or more of these amazing restaurants:
1. Galatoire’s – for a late Sunday afternoon lunch or Friday lunch
2. Gautreau’s – small, bistro restaurant uptown
3. Clancy’s – a small uptown restaurant frequented by locals
4. Stella’s – probably the finest cuisine in a city known for food
5. Po-boys at Domilise’s
|Top 5 reasons to visit New Orleans this year|
June 17, 2008