Although located on the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans is known as the northernmost Caribbean City.
New Orleans suffered socially, politically and economically when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. However, the natural disaster never diminished the city’s spirit which is evident in its motto: Laissez lesbons temps rouler / Let the good times roll.
People from all over the world travel to New Orleans to experience the city firsthand. The various architectural styles reflect the city's historical roots and multicultural heritage, which can also be tasted in the local cuisine which blends African, Spanish, French, Italian and Caribbean flavors as well as in the echoes and beats of music bouncing from every corner.
A visit to New Orleans is not complete without a stroll in the charming French Quarter, a district that is equal parts historical, magical and just plain fun. Have your palm read in Jackson Square, follow the traces of the Voodoo culture, which made its way to New Orleans through French, Spanish and Indian traditions. If this is not your cup of tea, partake in the bustling nightlife of the pubs and clubs that recall Mardi Gras all year round.
If you’re looking to spend some time in nature, don’t miss City Park, the country’s fifth-largest urban park. Admire the birds and even see alligators. To get there, just hop on the Canal streetcar. City Park is also home to the New Orleans Museum of Art and its beautiful sculpture garden.
The National World War II Museum will satisfy your historical curiosity.