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Diversity in Action: New Orleans Vibes




As one of the most distinctive cities in the US, New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) is a place that fascinates, impresses and delights. This destination embraces its heritage, and it remains true to its Native American, African, French and Spanish roots. This mélange of culture is reflected throughout NOLA. Everything, from architecture, music, and cuisine is unlike any place you have ever visited in the United States. And being a most original destination, New Orleans has numerous districts which highlight the individuality of Louisiana’s most popular cities. New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) - Opens a dialog is a place that fascinates, impresses and delights. This destination embraces its heritage, and it remains true to its Native American, African, French and Spanish roots. This mélange of culture is reflected throughout NOLA. Everything, from architecture, music, and cuisine is unlike any place you have ever visited in the United States. And being a most original destination, New Orleans has numerous districts which highlight the individuality of Louisiana’s most popular cities.

    Beignets and Chicory-infused Coffee can be enjoyed 24/7 from Café du Monde.

    French Quarter

    The biggest draw to New Orleans is its French Quarter. Known for being a 'Party Central' of sorts, NOLA's French Quarter doesn't disappoint with its variety of bars on Bourbon Street, especially during Mardi Gras. Some even have special focuses, like Absinthe. While noteworthy, this district is especially known for its culinary wonders; Creole cuisine abounds throughout the French Quarter and legendary restaurants such as Antoine's, Brennan’s, and Galatoire’s all do a phenomenal job representing NOLA’s culinary heritage. Beignets and Chicory-infused Coffee can be enjoyed 24/7 from a 160-year-old institution, Café du Monde, which is a must. And it is recommended that you and your family experience a Creole cooking class where you will gain great appreciation and knowledge about the ingredients and techniques that make up this flavorful cuisine. Beyond being a foodie’s paradise, the French Quarter is a haven for other treasures which make this district unique. Its world-renowned Creole and Greek revival-style architecture is unlike any place that you’ll ever visit, and it’s particularly enhanced when the horse-drawn carriages lazily meander in front of these buildings (very Instagrammable).

      Pay a visit to Louis Armstrong Park, where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal).

      Treme

      As the oldest African-American neighborhood in the US, you will find that community pride is very evident throughout Treme. Adjacent to the French Quarter, Treme remains a culturally relevant destination, one which birthed Jazz music. Of course, this district has numerous jazz clubs for you to experience Jazz in its most authentic and purest state. While here, you should also visit the historic Congo Square where slaves would congregate to make music, as well as visit the 32-acre Louis Armstrong Park where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal). And when it comes to cuisine, there are 2 restaurants that are not only historic and authentic but highly acclaimed “must visits” for every traveler visiting NOLA: Dooky Chase (Creole) and Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Soul Food)

        Treme

        As the oldest African-American neighborhood in the US, you will find that community pride is very evident throughout Treme. Adjacent to the French Quarter, Treme remains a culturally relevant destination, one which birthed Jazz music. Of course, this district has numerous jazz clubs for you to experience Jazz in its most authentic and purest state. While here, you should also visit the historic Congo Square where slaves would congregate to make music, as well as visit the 32-acre Louis Armstrong Park where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal). And when it comes to cuisine, there are 2 restaurants that are not only historic and authentic but highly acclaimed “must visits” for every traveler visiting NOLA: Dooky Chase (Creole) and Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Soul Food)

          Pay a visit to Louis Armstrong Park, where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal).

          Tree-lined streets underscore the unique ambiance of this upscale district.

          Uptown / Garden District

          NOLA’s stately Uptown / Garden District moves at a relaxed pace that most therapists wish Americans would embrace. The district’s naturally abundant jasmine-scented air is aromatherapy which causes residents and visitors to slow down and enjoy its unparalleled environs. What’s more, its classic revival mansions, tree-lined streets, and abundance of magnolia blossoms all underscore the unique ambiance of this upscale district of NOLA. You and your family should also experience its Audubon Nature Institute, Paradigm Gardens as well as a myriad of museums that are peppered throughout this district. And the upscale culinary scene here is fantastic and includes culturally relevant cuisines of the Creole, French and Greek varieties.

            Museum fans can visit the National WWII Museum while in New Orleans.

            Arts & Warehouse District

            Considered by locals to be a culture-seekers playground of NOLA, The Warehouse Arts District is reflective of the city’s past and present. Carefully repurposed buildings, many of which were once vibrant commerce facilities now house museums, art galleries, residences, and restaurants. Additionally, you and your family will enjoy touring Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World which is a 300,000-square-foot warehouse where over 500 Mardi Gras floats are designed and created each year. Be sure to experience the monthly First Saturday Art Walk, the National WWII Museum, and the Odgen Museum of Southern Art. And a visit here isn’t complete without stopping by Aunt Sally’s Pralines.

              Arts & Warehouse District

              Considered by locals to be a culture-seekers playground of NOLA, The Warehouse Arts District is reflective of the city’s past and present. Carefully repurposed buildings, many of which were once vibrant commerce facilities now house museums, art galleries, residences, and restaurants. Additionally, you and your family will enjoy touring Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World which is a 300,000-square-foot warehouse where over 500 Mardi Gras floats are designed and created each year. Be sure to experience the monthly First Saturday Art Walk, the National WWII Museum, and the Odgen Museum of Southern Art. And a visit here isn’t complete without stopping by Aunt Sally’s Pralines.

                Museum fans can visit the National WWII Museum while in New Orleans.

                Marigny and Bywater host a vibrant schene that doesn't erase the past.

                Marigny & Bywater

                Many of the artist colonies and galleries of Marigny & Bywater were once homes of factory workers. Much like most of NOLA, this district doesn’t erase its past, it’s honored with a practical place in the present day. Throughout this district, you will find that it is Bohemian in nature, and as such, you will find that lively music and other creative arts are well represented. Also, the culinary scene is vibrant, trendy, and laid back.

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                      As one of the most distinctive cities in the US, New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) is a place that fascinates, impresses and delights. This destination embraces its heritage, and it remains true to its Native American, African, French and Spanish roots. This mélange of culture is reflected throughout NOLA. Everything, from architecture, music, and cuisine is unlike any place you have ever visited in the United States. And being a most original destination, New Orleans has numerous districts which highlight the individuality of Louisiana’s most popular cities. New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) - Opens a dialog is a place that fascinates, impresses and delights. This destination embraces its heritage, and it remains true to its Native American, African, French and Spanish roots. This mélange of culture is reflected throughout NOLA. Everything, from architecture, music, and cuisine is unlike any place you have ever visited in the United States. And being a most original destination, New Orleans has numerous districts which highlight the individuality of Louisiana’s most popular cities.

                        Beignets and Chicory-infused Coffee can be enjoyed 24/7 from Café du Monde.

                        French Quarter

                        The biggest draw to New Orleans is its French Quarter. Known for being a 'Party Central' of sorts, NOLA's French Quarter doesn't disappoint with its variety of bars on Bourbon Street, especially during Mardi Gras. Some even have special focuses, like Absinthe. While noteworthy, this district is especially known for its culinary wonders; Creole cuisine abounds throughout the French Quarter and legendary restaurants such as Antoine's, Brennan’s, and Galatoire’s all do a phenomenal job representing NOLA’s culinary heritage. Beignets and Chicory-infused Coffee can be enjoyed 24/7 from a 160-year-old institution, Café du Monde, which is a must. And it is recommended that you and your family experience a Creole cooking class where you will gain great appreciation and knowledge about the ingredients and techniques that make up this flavorful cuisine. Beyond being a foodie’s paradise, the French Quarter is a haven for other treasures which make this district unique. Its world-renowned Creole and Greek revival-style architecture is unlike any place that you’ll ever visit, and it’s particularly enhanced when the horse-drawn carriages lazily meander in front of these buildings (very Instagrammable).

                          Pay a visit to Louis Armstrong Park, where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal).

                          Treme

                          As the oldest African-American neighborhood in the US, you will find that community pride is very evident throughout Treme. Adjacent to the French Quarter, Treme remains a culturally relevant destination, one which birthed Jazz music. Of course, this district has numerous jazz clubs for you to experience Jazz in its most authentic and purest state. While here, you should also visit the historic Congo Square where slaves would congregate to make music, as well as visit the 32-acre Louis Armstrong Park where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal). And when it comes to cuisine, there are 2 restaurants that are not only historic and authentic but highly acclaimed “must visits” for every traveler visiting NOLA: Dooky Chase (Creole) and Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Soul Food)

                            Treme

                            As the oldest African-American neighborhood in the US, you will find that community pride is very evident throughout Treme. Adjacent to the French Quarter, Treme remains a culturally relevant destination, one which birthed Jazz music. Of course, this district has numerous jazz clubs for you to experience Jazz in its most authentic and purest state. While here, you should also visit the historic Congo Square where slaves would congregate to make music, as well as visit the 32-acre Louis Armstrong Park where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal). And when it comes to cuisine, there are 2 restaurants that are not only historic and authentic but highly acclaimed “must visits” for every traveler visiting NOLA: Dooky Chase (Creole) and Willie Mae’s Scotch House (Soul Food)

                              Pay a visit to Louis Armstrong Park, where Jazz performances take place every Thursday evening (seasonal).

                              Tree-lined streets underscore the unique ambiance of this upscale district.

                              Uptown / Garden District

                              NOLA’s stately Uptown / Garden District moves at a relaxed pace that most therapists wish Americans would embrace. The district’s naturally abundant jasmine-scented air is aromatherapy which causes residents and visitors to slow down and enjoy its unparalleled environs. What’s more, its classic revival mansions, tree-lined streets, and abundance of magnolia blossoms all underscore the unique ambiance of this upscale district of NOLA. You and your family should also experience its Audubon Nature Institute, Paradigm Gardens as well as a myriad of museums that are peppered throughout this district. And the upscale culinary scene here is fantastic and includes culturally relevant cuisines of the Creole, French and Greek varieties.

                                Museum fans can visit the National WWII Museum while in New Orleans.

                                Arts & Warehouse District

                                Considered by locals to be a culture-seekers playground of NOLA, The Warehouse Arts District is reflective of the city’s past and present. Carefully repurposed buildings, many of which were once vibrant commerce facilities now house museums, art galleries, residences, and restaurants. Additionally, you and your family will enjoy touring Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World which is a 300,000-square-foot warehouse where over 500 Mardi Gras floats are designed and created each year. Be sure to experience the monthly First Saturday Art Walk, the National WWII Museum, and the Odgen Museum of Southern Art. And a visit here isn’t complete without stopping by Aunt Sally’s Pralines.

                                  Arts & Warehouse District

                                  Considered by locals to be a culture-seekers playground of NOLA, The Warehouse Arts District is reflective of the city’s past and present. Carefully repurposed buildings, many of which were once vibrant commerce facilities now house museums, art galleries, residences, and restaurants. Additionally, you and your family will enjoy touring Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World which is a 300,000-square-foot warehouse where over 500 Mardi Gras floats are designed and created each year. Be sure to experience the monthly First Saturday Art Walk, the National WWII Museum, and the Odgen Museum of Southern Art. And a visit here isn’t complete without stopping by Aunt Sally’s Pralines.

                                    Museum fans can visit the National WWII Museum while in New Orleans.

                                    Marigny and Bywater host a vibrant schene that doesn't erase the past.

                                    Marigny & Bywater

                                    Many of the artist colonies and galleries of Marigny & Bywater were once homes of factory workers. Much like most of NOLA, this district doesn’t erase its past, it’s honored with a practical place in the present day. Throughout this district, you will find that it is Bohemian in nature, and as such, you will find that lively music and other creative arts are well represented. Also, the culinary scene is vibrant, trendy, and laid back.

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                                        We invite you to take some time to browse around and dream of your next vacation, rental car or cruise, whether you’re booking for next month or toward the end of next year.


                                          Travel blogger Jason Gordon

                                          About the Author: The above piece was written by Jason Gordon, a guest travel blogger, and Costco enthusiast. Jason Gordon is compensated by Costco Travel to share his travel experiences.


                                           
                                           
                                           
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