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New Orleans


Sometimes known as the "Big Easy", New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, and one of the oldest cities in the United States. As of the 2000 census, its population was 484,674.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused the city's evacuation. Parts of the city were flooded and there was extensive damage from both flooding and the winds. New Orleans has been recovering since then, with people gradually returning - as of October 2006, the population was estimated as 187,525, although this figure is disputed by some.

New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana There are many reasons to visit New Orleans: The city is known for its rich history and French heritage, its unique culture, excellent food, jazz music, and most especially for the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Some of the attractions of New Orleans include:

New Orleans Facts


Here is some more information about New Orleans:
  • The principal airport serving New Orleans is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

  • Probably the most famous educational institution in New Orleans is Xavier University of Louisiana. Xavier University of Louisiana is a private coeducational liberal arts college.

  • Professional sports franchises in New Orleans include the basketball team, the New Orleans Hornets, and the NFL American football team, the New Orleans Saints.

  • New Orleans has many nicknames including "America's Favorite City", "America's Most Interesting City", "America\抯 Most European City", "America's European Masterpiece", "The Big Easy", "Birthplace of Jazz", "City of the Chefs", "City of Festivals", "City of Mystery", "Mardi Gras City", "Nawlins", "New York of the South", "NOLA", "Paris of the South", "Queen City of the South", "The Queen of the Mississippi", "Saint City", "Super Bowl City", "The City that Care Forgot", and "The Crescent City".

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Lonely Planet New Orleans (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Adam Karlin

Lonely Planet Publications
Paperback (256 pages)

Lonely Planet New Orleans (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet New Orleans is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. March with a brass band through the French Quarter, eat everything from jambalaya to beignets, or take a walking tour past the Garden District's plantation-style mansions; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New Orleans and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's New Orleans Travel Guide:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, environment, food, drink, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out New Orleans map (included in print version), plus over 22 color neighborhood maps
  • Covers Uptown, Riverbend, Mid-City, the Treme, CBD, Warehouse District, French Quarter, Garden District, Central City, Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet New Orleans, our most comprehensive guide to New Orleans, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Eastern USA guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

Fodor's New Orleans 2016 (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's
Released: 2015-11-10
Paperback (320 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

New Orleans is a remarkable, vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams, melting pot of a city. Whether travelers are visiting for the music or food, to get to know people or party all night long, or all of the above,聽Fodor's New Orleans聽is the guidebook that makes every trip the trip of a lifetime.

This travel guide includes:
路 Dozens of full-color maps聽
路 Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
路 Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what鈥檚 off the beaten path
路聽In-depth breakout features on Hurricane Katrina, Mardi Gras, and New Orleans聽Cuisine
路 Major sights such as Bourbon Street, Garden District, Jackson Square, St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, Audubon Park, French Market, and City Park
路 Side Trips from New Orleans including Abita Springs, Plantation Country, and Cajun Country
路 Coverage of The French Quarter; Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, and Treme; CBD and Warehouse District; The Garden District; Uptown and Carrollton-Riverbend; Mid-City and Bayou St. John

Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Publications
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Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. March with a brass band through the French Quarter, eat everything from jambalaya to beignets or take a walking tour past the Garden District's plantation-style mansions; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of New Orleans and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out New Orleans map (included in print version), plus 16 color neighborhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organized by neighborhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers French Quarter, Faubourg, Marigny and the Bywater, CBD and the Warehouse District, Garden and Lower Garden Districts, Uptown and Riverbend, Mid-City and the Treme, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of New Orleans' neighborhoods? Check out our Lonely Planet Eastern USA guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Walking New Orleans: 30 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, Culinary and Music Corridors, and Recreational Wonderlands

By Barri Bronston

Wilderness Press
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From neighborhoods such as Lakeview and Mid-City to landmarks including the Saenger Theater and Mercedes Benz Superdome, from its restaurants and music clubs to its parks and museums, the Big Easy has regained the title of one of the world's most fascinating cities. In Walking New Orleans, lifelong resident and writer Barri Bronston shares the love of her hometown through 30 self-guided tours that range from majestic St. Charles Avenue and funky Magazine Street to Bywater and Faubourg Marigny, two of the city's "it" neighborhoods. Within each tour, she offers tips on where to eat, drink, dance, and play, for in addition to all the history, culture, and charm that New Orleans has to offer -- and there's plenty -- Faubourg Marigny it provides tourists and locals alike with one heck of a good time.

NEW ORLEANS

By An Alien's Guide

An Alien's Guide
Released: 2015-07-21
Kindle Edition (55 pages)

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鈥 Recreation Fishing & Hunting, City Park, The Cabildo, Mardi Gras World
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鈥 Local Foods Red Beans and Rice, Beignets, Louisiana Seafood, King Cake, Sno-Balls
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A Walking Tour of New Orleans - The French Quarter (Look Up, America!)

By Doug Gelbert

Cruden Bay Books
Released: 2009-05-12
Kindle Edition (48 pages)

A Walking Tour of New Orleans - The French Quarter (Look Up, America!)
 
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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.

The French Quarter spreads up from the Mississippi River across some 70 blocks. This is where the original French Colonial settlement of Nouvelle Orleans was laid out in simple squares in1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville. Bienville served as governor for financier John Law鈥檚 Company of the Indies, which in naming the city for the Regent Duc d鈥橭rleans sought to curry Court favor before failing spectacularly in the 鈥淕reat Mississippi Bubble.鈥 The French Period legacy endures in the town plan and central square, church of St. Louis, Ursuline Convent and women鈥檚 education, ancien regime street names such as Bourbon and Royal, the charity hospital, and a mixed legacy of Creole culture, Mardi Gras, and the important effects of African enslavement combined with a tolerant approach to free persons of color.

In 1762 the indifferent Louis XV transferred Louisiana to his Bourbon cousin Charles III of Spain. Emboldened by a period of Spanish vacillation in taking power, Francophile colonists staged a revolution in 1768, summarily squelched by Alejandro O鈥橰eilly with a firing squad at the Esplanade fort. Spanish rule lasted for four decades, imparting a legacy of semi-fortified streetscapes, commonwall plastered brick houses, and walled courtyards used as gardens and utility spaces with separate servants鈥 quarters and kitchens. Olive oil cooking and graceful wrought iron balconies, hinges and locks in curvilinear shapes, and strong vestiges of civil law remain from the Spanish presence.

Typical of the eccentricities of the Vieux Carre or 鈥渙ld square鈥 is the fact that its much admired iron-embroidered architecture is not French, but Spanish. Disastrous fires one after another in 1788 and 1794 destroyed all but a handful of the original French buildings.Street names have floated back and forth between French and Spanish and the gold-and-blue signs on the corner buildigns indicate the street names that were recognized under earlier regimes. Sited on the highest ground in the area, the French Quarter sustained little damage from the flooding of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Our walking tour will begin in Jackson Square, a few yards from the Mississippi River and in what some have called the architectural center of America...

Frommer's New Orleans day by day

By Diana K. Schwam

FrommerMedia
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Frommer s New Orleans day by day
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Packed with color photos, this bestselling guide offers itineraries that show you how to see the best of the New Orleans in a short time聴with bulleted maps that lead the way from sight to sight. Featuring a full range of area and thematic tours, plus dining, lodging, shopping, nightlife, and practical visitor info, Frommer鈥檚 New Orleans day by day is the only guide that helps travelers organize their time to get the most out of a trip.

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- Full color throughout with hundreds of photos and dozens of maps
- Sample one- to three-day itineraries including neighborhood walks of the French Quarter, the Garden District and Uptown.
- Star ratings for all hotels, restaurants, and attractions that clue readers in on great finds and values
- Exact pricing so there鈥檚 never any guessing
- Tear-resistant foldout map in a handy, reclosable plastic wallet, plus dozens of handy maps throughout

Our author is Diana K. Schwam who also pens the best-selling Frommer鈥檚 EasyGuide to New Orleans and is a much-respected, and much-published, expert on the city.

Frommer's EasyGuide to New Orleans 2016 (Frommer's Easy Guides)

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Frommer s EasyGuide to New Orleans 2016 (Frommer s Easy Guides)
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Called "the most interesting city in America", New Orleans is once again a massively popular destination, on a travel wish-list kept by almost every American. Our author, Diana K. Schwam, has written four books and numerous articles about New Orleans, where her long-ago desire to become a resident followed, she says, a familiar sequence: Vacation, Enrapture, Home Ownership, and Weight Gain. In this freshly-researched and up-to-date Easy Guide of 288 pages, she'll introduce you, among many other topics, to the world-famous cuisine of that city's unique restaurants, the vibrant music scene, the much-acclaimed new museums (dealing with World War II at one, with Southern Cuisine at another), and the historic architecture of the French Quarter, Garden District, and other famous locales.

Rand McNally Folded Map: New Orleans Street Map

By Rand McNally

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Rand McNally Folded Map: New Orleans Street Map
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Rand McNally's folded map for New Orleans is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around this part of Louisiana, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets. The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated
Full-color maps
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, schools, shopping malls, downtown & vicinity maps
Enlagments of downtown
Easy-to-use legend
Detailed & full street index
Orientation map
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Communities Included: Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, La Piace, Slidell, Westwego

Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead (America's Haunted Road Trip)

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Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead (America s Haunted Road Trip)
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Join Kala Ambrose, your travel guide the other side, as she takes you back to her roots to discover the Spirits of New Orleans. As an intuitive child born in Louisiana, Kala Ambrose grew up exposed to a rich variety of cultures and influences. The city that had the strongest influence on Kala was New Orleans, the port city known for its bohemian lifestyle embracing art, music and spirituality.

During this journey, Kala explores the haunted history of the city and searches for those who decided to make New Orleans their eternal home as a resting place for some and a point of revenge for others.

Prepare to embark on an enticing journey into the haunted history, paranormal activities, magical ceremonies and supernatural rituals and practices in order to fully understand and embrace the cultural significance of the variety of beliefs, superstitions, legends and lore.

Visit the resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery #1, have a drink at some of the most haunted bars in the city and spend the night in your choice of haunted hotels. With Kala as your guide, you'll tread carefully through haunted Pirates Alley and down the streets of the French Quarter where ghosts, vampires and other supernatural beings lurk around every corner.

Explore Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead with Kala Ambrose and prepare to be supernaturally and eternally charmed by the city of New Orleans.

Spirits of New Orleans takes you behind the scenes with detailed information about each destination. As your travel guide to the other side, Kala shares travel tips in each chapter of the book listing the best places to stay, shop, dine and party while in New Orleans!


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