Travel Spotlight: New Orleans

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New Orleans.

The Crescent City.

No matter what you call it, New Orleans is a bucket list travel destination for many, but it can actually be a double-edged sword. With so many great hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs and other activities it can be hard to know where to go and what to do in whatever time your particular trip allows. It’s easy to get caught up in the tourist traps around the city, so what follows is a quick look at how to do New Orleans the right way.

Hotels

Soniat House

The Soniat House is located in the French Quarter, and despite having 31 available rooms, it has the feel of a mansion instead of a hotel. Spend an evening hanging out on the iron-bordered balcony for a true French Quarter experience.

The Henry Howard Hotel

If you’re looking to stay outside of the French Quarter, the Henry Howard Hotel is quickly becoming the pride of the Lower Garden District. No expense was spared regarding the comfort levels of the rooms and the service is impeccable.

Restaurants

Commander’s Palace

This is a long-standing New Orleans tradition. The food is amazing and so is the atmosphere.

The Sazerac Bar

This bar has been around for more than 100 years. It’s popular with tourists and locals alike. If you visit make sure to order (what else?) a Sazerac.

Arnaud’s

Another must if you’re going to dine within the French Quarter, Arnaud’s not only has amazing food, but the bar is one of the most impressive you’ll ever see. Be sure to order the drink that made Arnaud’s famous, the French 75.

A Couple Of Must-Do Activities

The Spotted Cat

There’s nothing fancy about The Spotted Cat. It’s just the kind of run-down jazz bar to keep tourists at a minimum, but showcase some of the best local jazz talent the city has to offer. If you can catch the Jazz Vipers there you won’t regret it!

The National World War II Museum

This is the premier display of WWII artifacts and first-hand accounts. You can easily spend the day at this location in the Warehouse District. Do yourself a favor and pay extra for the 4-D film experience.

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