Louisiana Travel Guide
Greater New Orleans
By the editors of Kaboose.com, with Deirdre Uria
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In Southeast Louisiana, you will find the famed Greater New Orleans region. Since Hurricane Katrina, this city has risen from the ashes to become a must-visit city, again.
This region has great history, with both French and Spanish roots, that liken it to European cities.
As you tour the region, take in the beautiful architecture. From the hundred year old mansions along St. Charles Avenue to the gothic spires of St. Louis Cathedral, each place has a story to tell. Visit one of the many museums in the area and learn about Marie Laveau's voodoo spells, Jean Lafite's pirate treasure, the Battle of New Orleans, and the Birth of the Blues.
Where to Stay:
Fairmont New Orleans
123 Baronne Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
The Fairmont New Orleans sets the standard for elegance and impeccable service in a city known for its gracious accommodations. Built in 1893, this legendary hotel stands adjacent to the French Quarter, in the Central Business District. Guests can stroll through a magnificent lobby that has hosted movie stars, royalty, some of the world's greatest entertainers, and eight U.S. presidents. Its distinctive guest rooms are well-appointed with state-of-the-art amenities, while the elegant meeting rooms offer the perfect venue for large or small groups. The restaurants will tempt your palate with contemporary dishes.
214 Rue Royale
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-2201
Phone: (504) 523-3341
Toll Free: (800) 535-9595
Family owned and operated for over 100 years, Hotel Monteleone is just one block from Bourbon Street and famous Canal Street. The award winning location, besides having many new visitors, has many old visitors who have passed away, but frequently show up to haunt it – maybe you will see the ghost of former employee William Wildemere. Enjoy traditional southern fare, including crawfish, in one of three restaurants or lounges on the premises. Relax the day away at the Spa Aria, located on the Mezzanine level of the hotel, or take a walk around the French Quarter and step into old churches and jazz clubs.
Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Toll-Free: (888) 596-0955
This luxury hotel, with almost all suite accommodations – perfect for families – is located near the French Quarter of New Orleans. On the grounds they offer the following: a business center, fitness center, boutique, art gallery, and 3 restaurants to dine in. The amenities include: complimentary high-speed wired and wireless internet, full service concierge, outdoor swimming pool, in-suite massage services available, and more. You and your loved ones, Fido included, will be able to relax and enjoy the service, and then venture into New Orleans to take a tour of the bayou or even enjoy some fishing.
What to Do:
Louisiana State Museum
751 Chartres St., Jackson Square
New Orleans, LA, Louisiana 70116
Toll-Free: (800) 568-6968
A top attraction, comprised of 5 national historic landmarks, including the Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, Old US Mint, Arsenal & Madame John's Legacy. Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm.
New Orleans Botanical Garden-City Park
New Orleans, LA, Louisiana 70124
Phone: (504) 483-9488
12-acre garden features The N.O. Historical Train Garden Exhibit, Tropical Rain Forest Rm., Art Deco fountains, sculp. & more than 2,000 varieties of plants. Admission: $5 adult, $2 ages 5-12, and free for children 4 & under.
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle / City Park
New Orleans, LA, Louisiana 70124
Phone: (504) 488-2631
One of the South's finest art museums, featuring an outstanding permanent collection, special Faberge' gallery & Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Hosts national & international traveling exhibits.
Rosetree Glass Studio
446 Vallette St.
New Orleans, LA, Louisiana 70114
Phone: (504) 366-3602
Ride the free ferry to Historic Algiers Point to watch masters of glass-blowing at work in a converted Art Deco movie theater. Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Call for Sat hours.