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CityScape: New Orleans

Come for the sizzling food and cool tunes, stay for the history, culture and art.

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Let’s start by saying that New Orleans is always a good idea. The Southern city feels like the heartbeat of the U.S. because it combines a beautiful mixture of art, history and culture with food, music and spirit.

PLAY

There’s much to do and see: Rent a bike and roam the Riverwalk to catch a glimpse of the steamboats, visit one of NOLA’s above-ground cemeteries or cycle to the New Orleans Museum of Art. If you’re the adventurous type, take a guided swamp tour (yes, it’s a thing) in a kayak. Since it’s the birthplace of jazz, music should probably be on your agenda. Drop into one of the many live music venues on Frenchmen Street for a show.

STAY

If you decide to make your home base in the French Quarter, stay at the charming Hotel Monteleone, famous for its Carousel Bar & Lounge that’s been spinning for 65 years (yes, it actually spins, and yes, it’s amazing). If you’re looking for a trendy neighborhood, the Ace Hotel in the warehouse district and The Eliza Jane on Magazine Street just opened. Both are located near restaurants and art galleries.

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DINE

Willa Jean has quickly become a local favorite (the biscuit sandwiches are a must). And you can’t go to New Orleans without grabbing a po’boy at Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar. For dinner, make a reservation at Commander’s Palace for a classic Creole dinner. And don’t forget to stop at legendary Cafe Du Monde for some mouthwatering beignets.

Check out more buzzworthy destinations at AAA.com/CityScape.

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