Bourbon Street is the heart of the action loaded with bars, restaurants and unbelievable Jazz music floating in and out of the restaurants and clubs. This area is what makes New Orleans known worldwide. Twenty five million visitors a year come to the Quarter to partake in the fun, and during Mardi Gras, the fun never stops!
New Orleans' cemeteries are interesting to view because the dead have to be buried above ground in crypts due to the high water level throughout the city. These two cemeteries are very well known for local New Orleans historical figures – including voodoo priestesses. Ann Rice has made references to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in a couple of her novels.
Founded in 1833 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, this is New Orleans first planned cemetery. Distinguished by the intersecting avenues this cemetery was designed to accommodate funeral processions. This cemetery is noted in Anne Rice's book "Interview With The Vampire," and has become a tourist attraction as a result. Offers hour-long tours of the cemetery; you'll learn about burial practices, the history of New Orleans, and see the tombs of famous people.
Look both ways before you cross the street! You'll not only have to watch out for cars but also pay attention for streetcars zipping down the road. There are two streetcar lines in New Orleans – St. Charles and Riverfront. Routes are not extensive but a ride will show you some of the city's major sites and tickets are very inexpensive. New Orleans streetcars are the oldest continuously running street railway in the US. Now part of the municipal transit system, the 35 olive green trolley cars date from 1923-24, with the rail line completed in 1835.
Often called the heart of New Orleans, Jackson Square is full of energy and activity. Facing the Mississippi River and directly across from the St. Louis Cathedral. In the shadows of the Andrew Jackson statue, erected for his heroism during the Battle of New Orleans, you will find street artists painting during the day and jazz musicians by night. The gardens are great for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. This is the site of the French Quarter Festival in April, where local restaurants set up stands and dish out delicious cuisine.
Established in 1720, this is the oldest active cathedral in the US. Towering over Jackson Square, it is an important historical and religious symbol for this predominantly Catholic city. In 1964, the cathedral was given the status of minor basilica, one of only 15 in the US. Tours are offered and depart from the gift shop regularly.
Wrought iron fences, exquisite gardens and lush antebellum homes line the streets of the Garden District. The area, bordered by St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street, as well as Jackson Avenue and Louisiana Avenue, is where the city's original aristocratic class settled. Highlights include the St. Charles Streetcar line, which offers affordable transit to the French Quarter, and Lafayette Cemetery. The Garden District is home to some famous names like novelist Anne Rice. The best way to enjoy the scenery is on foot, so you can view the intricate architectural detail of the mansions as well as the garden landscaping.
From cuisine to music, New Orleans' French Quarter sets the pace of the city and its reputation is world-renowned. The area, bordered by Canal Street, North Rampart Street, Esplanade Avenue and the Mississippi River, is home to Jackson Square, the French Market, the Voodoo Spiritual Temple and yes – Jazz! The neighborhood expertly mixes the spiritual and sensual. Tourists can enjoy the visual delights of Gothic architecture, then indulge in a savory taste of a culinary sensation while soaking up the city's classic musical sounds.
Marked by Canal Street to Howard Avenue on the north and south, and Loyola Street to Convention Center Boulevard on the east and west, the CBD/Warehouse area has evolved during the past 10 years. Skyscrapers and warehouses mix with Gothic architecture. High powered business professionals bustle during the day while Bohemian artists get ready for art openings. The district is scattered with trendy art galleries and restaurants, which tend to draw a crowd both day and night. The neighborhood is also home to a number of New Orleans favorites like Lafayette Square and Lee Circle.
Where and what is Uptown? It's the area most locals refer to as "up from the river" and consists of sections like the Lower Garden District, the University area and Carrollton. Visitors can enjoy its college-age filled coffee houses, eclectic shops and jam-packed music venues. Part of Uptown's charm includes its oak-lined streets and Spanish moss-filled trees. The Audubon Zoo and Park are part of the neighborhood as are Tulane and Loyola Universities.