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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.