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New Orleans travel guide

An intense passion for music, the love of a good party, food made for the soul and deeply rooted voodoo culture (plus the odd pirate) make up the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana. With influences from the Caribbean, Africa, the Deep South, France, Spain, the hometown of jazz is nothing short of unique. Local artists and musicians pour out on to the French Quarter, homegrown jazz and funk is played in quirky bars and clubs, festivals are celebrated on the streets, and it's got a killer vintage vibe. Weird, wonderful, and seriously interesting.
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No visit is complete without trying traditional New Orleans dishes like jambalaya, gumbo & crawfish ettouffee, yummy sandwiches like muffulettas & po' boys or sweet treats like pralines & beignets. 
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Live music lovers will definitely want a night wandering Frenchman Street in the Marigny. Its venues are home to all kinds of music, including traditional jazz bands that New Orleans is so famous for.
blue tombstone icon Cemeteries
Parts of NOLA are below sea level, so early settlers couldn't bury the dead underground. Instead, elaborate marble mausoleums were built going back to the late 1700s. A cemetery tour is a must do!

Popular New Orleans neighborhoods

New Orleans has something for every type of traveler - from the 24/7 hedonism of the French Quarter, to the boho vibe of the Bywater to the contemporary Warehouse District, and much more. Check out of our favorite spots to visit when in NOLA, or check out some it its top attractions
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French Quarter

Take a stroll around one of the oldest neighborhoods in the USA! Whether you want to bar hop on Bourbon Street, window shop on Royal Street, or grab enjoy coffee and beignets, the French Quarter is an experience you won’t want to miss. Be ready for dazzling street musicians, strong drinks (Hurricane anyone?) and gorgeous architecture. 
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Uptown & Garden District

Just a quick streetcar ride from the French Quarter, Uptown is New Orleans offers a different atmosphere to the decadence of Bourbon Street. Wonder around the charming neighborhoods of the Garden District, take a stroll along St. Charles, shop the trendy stores along Magazine Street and discover some of the best restaurants the city has to offer.  
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Bordering the French Quarter to the North, Tremé is considered to be the oldest African American neighborhood in the USA. It was formed in the early 1800s by free people of color and immigrants, and is considered to be the birthplace of Jazz. Discover this vibrant neighborhood full of music and culture.
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New Orleans' Bywater neighborhood is known for its thriving boho art scene,eclectic dive bars and streets lined of shotgun houses and Creole cottages. Be sure to check out its hip restaurants, and cafes, and shop till you drop at its quirky stores and markets selling handmade goods. 
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Top New Orleans Hotels & Hostels

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The Quisby

The Quisby is an upscale hostel in the Garden District. They provide ridiculously comfortable beds, an ensuite bathroom in every room, free breakfast, blazing fast free WiFi throughout for making friends back home jealous, and a 24-hour bar downstairs for making new friends. 
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Auberge Nouvelle Orleans Hostel

The Auberge Nouvelle Orleans Hostel is home to nightly parties and a great atmosphere. It is located in the Lower Garden District, directly between the Garden District and the French Quarter, and is one block from the streetcar.
Purple lights illuminating the pool of the Aloft New Orleans Downtown hotel and orange pool chairs and other buildingsi in the distance

Aloft New Orleans Downtown

Aloft New Orleans Downtown is in a perfect CBD location to explore all of New Orleans... just steps away from the French Quarter, trolley stops, and great restaurants. We also like Aloft's eco-friendly design and amenities. 
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