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Thanks to its French roots and blend of different cultures, New Orleans has a distinct character which sets it apart from the rest of the country. This is manifested in its unique architecture, food and music.
Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city's historic French Quarter is as lively as ever before, especially during Mardi Gras, the famous carnival celebrations that are held here each year.
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The Moon Walk is a riverside promenade created in 1976. It's a great place for a walk along the Mississippi river where you can escape the humidity of the city while watching boats pass by.
The St. Charles Streetcar, which started operating in 1835, is the only authentic streetcar in New Orleans. It's a great way to visit some of the city's attractions including the Garden District and the Audubon Zoo.
The Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in New Orleans, was built in the mid 18th century for the Ursulines, a religious order. The complex, with a walled-in garden, is open to visitors.
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