9) New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is an explosion of culinary delights, upbeat music and mischievous fun, with a never-ending nightlife. Tourists indulge in the variety of African, French, and American-inspired cuisine that makes up the New Orleans food scene. The food alone is reason enough to visit this vivacious city, as are the many music festivals hosted in New Orleans throughout the year. It is best known, of course, for the spirited MardiGras festival: a carnival parade with outlandish costumes and merrymaking. Aside from the ongoing party, visitors also enjoy seeing the grand and opulent antebellum mansions in the Garden District. This area is easily accessible by way of the St. Charles street car. Another popular neighborhood in New Orleans is the French Quarter. Situated in the city, it is the oldest part of the area, established by the French in the early 1700’s. The intriguing French Quarter is a great place to begin your exploration of the New Orleans, as there are plenty of interesting bars, clubs, restaurants, boutique hotels and street vendors.
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