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While New Orleans has plenty of attractions to keep visitors occupied, the city's near-hypnotizing ambience alone can keep out-of-towners occupied for days at a stretch. An eight-block stroll through the French Quarter often turns into a pleasantly lost afternoon as you discover a hidden park, a stretch of intriguing boutiques, or a secluded barroom far from the thump of Bourbon Street's neon zone. It's easy to get mesmerized by the diverse architecture of historic New Orleans—from the cast-iron balconies of the French Quarter (actually a Spanish innovation) to the Garden District's stately mansions or the Victorian shotgun houses in tree-shaded Uptown.

A riverside stroll along downtown's Moon Walk gives you a commanding view of the mighty Mississippi and easy access to a state-of-the-art aquarium. Galleries along Julia Street lead to a growing museum district that includes the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the city's Contemporary Arts Center. History buffs seek out the National D-Day Museum for different perspectives on one of the 20th century's defining conflicts.

The vast majority of damage from Hurricane Katrina has been repaired, save for sections of the low-lying neighborhoods that have yet to bounce back. The floods and devastation from the storm have definitively reshaped New Orleans and her people, but most of the population prefers to enjoy the present and work toward the city's brighter future.

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Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans

At the end of a mighty river and near the rich fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is a natural place for aquatic exploration. This state-of-the-art...more

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Audubon Insectarium, New Orleans

The unique Audubon Insectarium exhibits an important but distinctly less cuddly selection of animals. Built inside the carriageway of Canal Street's historic...more

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Audubon Park and Zoo, New Orleans

If you're looking for an afternoon away from the French Quarter, hop on a streetcar to this beautiful Uptown park, where you can stroll for hours through the...more

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Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans

This open-air gallery of the New Orleans Museum of Art showcases a broad range of three-dimensional artwork in the beautifully landscaped Mid-City park....more

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French Quarter, New Orleans

Evocative, romantic, and mysterious, the French Quarter (also known as the Vieux Carré) is the literal footprint of historic New Orleans. Hugging the high...more

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Gallery of Fine Photography, New Orleans

This tiny Chartres Street storefront contains an unrivaled collection of artistic photography. Owner Joshua Mann Palait exhibits limited-edition prints from the...more

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Lucullus Culinary Antiques, New Orleans

Step into this French Quarter boutique and jump a couple of centuries into New Orleans's past—without the trouble of a fancy time machine. As a purveyor...more

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Mardi Gras, New Orleans

Usually associated with half-nude debauchery and flammable rum drinks, Mardi Gras gets a bad—if not completely undeserved—rap. Despite its Girls...more

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National World War II Museum, New Orleans

A project that began as a museum dedicated to the Allied invasion of Normandy has become an ever-expanding exploration of World War II's causes and lasting...more

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans

After Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest is the city's biggest celebration, when dedicated music fans pack the infield of a local horse-racing track for hundreds of national...more

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