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New Orleans Vacations
New Orleans Vacations and Destination Information
Founded by the French in the 17th century and purchased by Thomas Jefferson in 1803 for over $11 million, Louisiana’s cultural heritage is as rich as they come. Named to honor France’s “Sun King,” Louis XIV, Louisiana’s cultural roots are an amalgam of African, French, Spanish and Caribbean influences generally referred to as Creole. Add a little Cajun–French emigrants from Canada called Acadians–to that mix and you have the perfect recipe for a ethnic melting pot of magical proportions.
Louisiana offers travelers a multitude of attractions–from the fine dining and jazz clubs of New Orleans, to the natural beauty of the bayou around Lake Charles and the antebellum charm of plantation life near Natchez and Baton Rouge–plus a year-round mild climate and legendary Southern hospitality. With all this to choose from, it’s easy to laissez les bon temps roulez (let the good times roll) in Louisiana.
French Quarter Area
The French Quarter in New Orleans (called Vieux Carré) is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. Established in 1718 the area acted as the town center and a major trade hub. The district is bounded by Canal, Decatur, Esplanade Ave. and Rampart Streets. This fun and exciting neighborhood has everything from the party vibe of Bourbon Street to the elegance found on Royal Street. Enjoy views of the stunning architecture with balconies adorned with intricate ironwork to beautiful gardens and courtyards. Every street has something to offer from the famous landmark Jackson Square to boutique shopping, live music, restaurants, voodoo temples, Café Du Monde and the French Market. Come stroll the streets of this exotic neighborhood. View the tabs below to find things to do and French Quarter hotels.