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There are cities, and then there’s New Orleans: a seemingly impossible mixture of history, culture, and around-the-clock action. Adorned with astounding neoclassical and French colonial architecture, boasting a past that’s spanned two empires and two republics, and bearing the weight of a history that’s as speckled with darkness and debauchery as it is with shining greatness. New Orleans is a city of juxtaposition—a city that’s made itself into a place like no other.
Although it was originally inhabited by the Chitimacha people, New Orleans really got going as a French port at the mouth of the Mighty Mississippi, and as is the case with most port towns, the local history does have its share of dark spots. With shadowy roots in the slave trade, The Big Easy has its share of wrongdoing—but what’s become of its roots, however dark they may be, is truly remarkable. Not only is New Orleans an international iconoclast, but thanks to its contributions like Delta Blues, the cocktail (specifically the Sazerac), the nonstop party of Bourbon Street, and maybe a little Voodoo, New Orleans is a place where the fervor of its present doesn't dwell on tumult of its past.
New Orleans is also a city of taste; it’s safe to say that few places are as synonymous with their cuisine. From po’boys to shrimp & grits, jambalaya, and gumbo, both creole and cajun cuisine are inextricably linked to New Orleans’ identity. And while you’re feeling indulgent, get out and soak up the night! Whether you’re not looking to sleep until after the sun comes up or you’re just hoping to do some people watching (and maybe grab a drink), New Orleans has a spectacular spot for all your nighttime needs.
If we’re honest, it’s hard to put a city with New Orleans’ vivacity, verve, and joie de vivre into words—but that doesn’t mean we won’t try! It’s a place with a past unlike any other, and it has evolved into one of the world’s most unique destinations. It’s a city for foodies and sports fans, for partiers and historians, and for just about anyone looking to have a good time. Come ready to dive into The Big Easy, and see what amazing sights, smells, and sounds lie in wait.