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  • New Orleans
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    5 Jul 07, 2014

    Wedged between Texas and the Southeast, this Louisiana city landed in the top 10 by making barbecue on its own terms—like the pork-belly po’boys and sausage-filled boudin balls at uptown’s Squeal Bar-B-Q, or the Cajun chaurice sausage and spicy Creole coleslaw at Saucy’s on Magazine Street. Either way, a hearty barbecue dinner provides good fuel for a long night of partying: New Orleans ranked at the top of the survey for its wild weekend mojo, girlfriend-getaway fun, and people-watching.

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  • New Orleans
    Bailey Klentzman
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    3 Jul 05, 2014

    I'm not big into crowds, nightlife, or parties, so I probably won't visit New Orleans again. That being said, I did have a good time. We were there during French Quarter Festival, which was amazing to see live music everywhere for free. My husband's a musician, so we loved the jazz joints all over the place.

    I will say that though it is hard to find gluten-free and vegetarian food, it IS possible.

    If you're like me, and hate (party-going) crowds, visit the French Quarter in the morning/early afternoon. Park outside of the French Quarter and walk in, ride the street car, or get a taxi to drop you off. Driving around in the French Quarter is terrifying and frustrating.

    Visit other places in NOLA besides the French Quarter and you'll love yourself for it. St. Charles Ave, the garden district, Lake Pontchartrain, Magazine Street (though, regarding crowds, it's not much better than the French Quarter), and even New Orleans City Park.

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  • New Orleans
    Ryan Windsor (Reserve123)
    5 Jul 02, 2014

    New Orleans has great food, great music, is very walkable, and full of entertainment. It would be difficult to have anything but a great time in this city as the people are very friendly and there are an incredible amount of fun things to see and do throughout the town.

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  • New OrleansPro 2014
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    5 Jun 30, 2014

    New Orleans is my favorite city in the US, and we've been to a lot of cities. It's friendly, open and the culture is so unique. I'm proud to be from a country that produced such an odd and fascinating place and people. There's so much to do here and nearby, indoors and out, so much good food, vegan and otherwise. I would recommend anyone to visit if they're coming to the US, skip LA, come here!

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  • New Orleans
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Jun 19, 2014

    New Orleans is classic Americana: jazz, gumbo, architecture and history and culture, and plenty and plenty of immoderate boozing thrown in for good measure. Most people come only for the French Quarter, and they're justified in doing so, for though it's a tourist trap, it's also (especially once you leave the crowds of Bourbon Street behind) one of the most atmospheric places in America. Ride the streetcar thru the Garden District and gawk at the wedding-cake houses, get served awesome Chinese food by trannies at Lucky Chang's, or just wander thru the markets and alleys of the quarter with a camera: it's hard to go wrong here.

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  • New OrleansPro 2014
    John Abdou
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    5 May 05, 2014

    One of the best cities to visit in America. Full of culture and history, you will never be bored there. We also owe it to the people of NOLA to support their local economy.

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  • New Orleans
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    5 Jun 02, 2014

    If you have a free afternoon, take the St. Charles Ave tram to view the Garden district and Tulane U. One way is only $1.25.

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  • New OrleansPro 2014
    Diane Austin
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    5 Apr 25, 2014

    The city is gorgeous and entrancing. Most of the historical areas have been well maintained or restored and many are geared towards visitor and locals coexisting, which is nice. It is easy to feel welcome in New Orleans. The food is great everywhere, sublime in some places. Music is varied, plentiful and drives the evenings. New Orleans, with its unique mix of fun, carefree abandonment, culturally rich history, old trees draped in Spanish Moss, and with flowers spilling off of wrought iron balconies, is beautiful and lively and an enjoyable city to visit.

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  • New Orleans
    william stanly elder III
    5 Mar 23, 2014

    This city is very special for so many different reasons. However, the key word is experimentation. Synthesis is an on-going modus operandi. Whether you are dining at a four star restaurant or wearing a t-shirt anticipating the stains of original condiments and tasty hot sauces, cuisine captures your tastebuds and your imagination. Music in the night air sounds like the moments in your life you will never forget. Paintings hovering on the edge of impressionism seem to also square up with you eye to eye something real takes on multiple levels of meaning. A trek along the perimeter of the French Quarter seems to mix up the world of ideas and cultures like a the taste of a perfectly blended margarita. Include Decatur to Frenchmen in your visit to New Orleans.

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  • New Orleans
    Jaimie DaCosta
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    4 Mar 17, 2014

    I hope everyone gets a chance to check out the Frech Quarter in New Orleans at least once. The food is great, and the music is to die for. I love the french creol influence and jazz backgrounds.

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  • New Orleans
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    3 Mar 03, 2014

    Royal St. Charles, excellent staff and comfy bed....very nice. Hungry, just step outside in some good shoes and take a walk. Every place I asked for a menu was good. Oceana Grill, City Diner near the airport, Manny Randazzo for the best King Cakes in the city, and Three Muses in the French Quarters for cocktails

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  • New Orleans
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    5 Jan 07, 2014

    New Orleans is the most magical city on Earth. It's the only place where you can lose yourself and find yourself at the same time.

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  • New Orleans
    Wayne Atherholt
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    3 Dec 04, 2013

    Terrific architecture, food and history and if you like to drink this is nirvana. French Market a bit touristy but lots to see and plenty to do. Wear comfortable shoes, not much else but walking in the French Quarter.

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  • New Orleans
    Steve Mckinney
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    2 May 27, 2014

    Dirty and smells of piss and sewer. Old architecture is nice. Too many homeless and others asking for handouts. Good food though.

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  • New OrleansPro 2014
    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    5 Oct 25, 2013

    One of my favorite cities in the world! I don't mean Bourbon Street that is my least favorite. The people are so generous, the food is beyond belief, great hotels, crazy culture and the Garden District make this a place I can never wait to get back to.

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  • New Orleans
    Zora O'Neill
    5 Jan 21, 2014

    Of course you hear all about New Orleans, and how special it is. But it's hard to imagine until you go there and spend some time. It is a place unto itself, as much not-America as, say, parts of New Mexico. In practical terms, it's a great place to ride a bike--a good scale, and wide streets. There is so much music everywhere that even a rhythmless nerd like myself will be moved to dance. And whoa, the people. "Characters" doesn't begin to convey it.

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  • New OrleansPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    5 Oct 18, 2013

    No matter what destruction has been wreaked upon this Creole city, N'awlins still has that never-fall-down voodoo vibe. I'm a huge jazz fan and musician, so I can spend literally days just crawling between bars and music halls, soaking up the sounds (and the beer and potent cocktails, too). An early morning walk along the waterfront followed by chicory coffee and powder sugar-dusted beignets is the way to start any day here right. Don't forget to tune in to WWOZ FM on your radio, online or via a mobile app to hear the real sounds of N'awlins.

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  • New Orleans
    Justin Barisich
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    4 Jan 30, 2014

    I grew up in the neighborhoods surrounding New Orleans and really got to know some of the city's locales during college. Here are some tips:
    1) Avoid Bourbon Street like the plague, it's generally an over-priced, inauthentic tourist trap. Go explore all the good music venues (like The Maison) on Frenchmen Street and real bars (like Snake and Jake's) instead.
    2) Come here with an empty stomach, because all of the food is delicious (especially at Angeli's on Decatur). Oh, and the beignets are much better (and fresher) at Morning Call than at Cafe du Monde.
    3) Plan your visit during any one of the city's multiple festivals (Mardi Gras, Po-boy Fest, Greek Fest, White Linen/Dirty Linen, etc.) and you'll love the city even more.

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  • New OrleansPro 2014
    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Aug 28, 2013

    I last came to NOLA for Halloween. It's a city still trying to put its feet up after Katrina, but you wouldn't necessarily know it if you were just based around the French Quarter. The one thing that surprised me was how expansive the French Quarter was with what seemed like endless alleys and streets. The cajun food is great, the locals are friendly, and the music is joyful. I heart NOLA!

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  • New Orleans
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    5 May 26, 2014

    New Orleans... a city dreams are made of. A place of romance, history, and mystery where all one's senses come to life... Take a timeless architectural visionary walk through The Garden District as Confederate Jasmin and Magnolia's in bloom fill the air; go on Uptown to the Maple Leaf where some of the best sounds in the world will be filling the air... truly Lassiez Faire; The CBD where the Waldorf Astoria's grand Roosevelt Hotel will pour you an original Sazerac; City Park is a joy with museums and gardens; and of course the French Quarter where history abounds and shops are seductive. Throughout the city there is some of the best food in the world wether you want street food with BBQ at the parades or a world renown epicurean luxury like Commander's Palace. People are friendly with Southern Charm we have it all down home, refined, or the loosest St in America Bourbon St. If you are lucky you might just see a Mardi Gras Indian, they work hard on those suits and it is a deep culture. Jazz does fill the streets of New Orleans, though the music from New Orleans branches out around the world and has great global influence in many genres. Emulated by many, but there is only one genuine New Orleans. Come Experience it! Le Bon Ton Roule!

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The old New Orleans motto, “laissez les bons temps rouler,” French for “let the good times roll,” captures the essence of this Louisiana gem. From the biggest party in the U.S. to its heavy colonial-era French influence, The Big Easy is perennially a favorite among travelers. Most visitors spend a lot of time in the charming French Quarter, a neighborhood that still has its original colonial-era ... read more
architecture intact. In the French Quarter you will find the aptly named Bourbon Street, home to numerous bars, nightclubs, and other nighttime institutions. Close by you will find Jackson Square, a monument to President Andrew Jackson who in 1815 led U.S. forces to victory against the British in the Battle of New Orleans. Across the street is a true New Orleans institution: Café du Monde, home to the fabled beignets (a French doughnut) and coffee. Every February masked revelers fill the streets to be a part of the annual Mardi Gras celebration, which is the biggest of its kind in the U.S. New Orleans’ cuisine is just another reason why this city is so unique, with distinctive dishes like muffuletta, jambalaya, and gumbo headlining menus. Hotels are available in every part of the city, but just be prepared for a loud night if you elect to stay in the French Quarter. Although New Orleans has suffered from Hurricane Katrina and now the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the city’s lively history and its Cajun charm keeps tourists coming back for more.

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