2/7/20

Must-See Sights in New Orleans


By on 2/07/2020 11:21:00 AM

New Orleans is attracting an increasing number of visitors, with the latest statistics revealing that 51.3 million headed to the city in 2018, another record year for tourism reports NewOrleans.com. It's really no surprise with so many things to see and do in the Big Easy - whether you're planning to visit to tour the New Orleans houses for sale or just to take advantage of its wealth of delights, be sure to put these must-see sights on your itinerary. 
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The French Quarter

The birthplace of New Orleans, the French Quarter is where the city was founded back in 1718. While many of its original buildings were destroyed in fires during the late 18th-century, the architecture you'll see today is magnificent, reflecting its diverse history with a mix of French Creole, Spanish, and Greek Revival styles. Many elements, like the vibrant colors, were influenced by the Caribbean region. Be sure to visit Jackson Square and capture a selfie with

the statue of Andrew Jackson on his horse while the grand St. Louis Cathedral serves as the backdrop.

City Park

City Park is spread across 1,300 acres of land and is one of the oldest urban parks in the nation. It's a great place to stroll with picturesque walking paths and lovely oak trees as well as being home to multiple attractions like an amusement park and several gardens, the Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens and Besthoff Sculpture Garden and Botanical Garden.

The Cemeteries

While visiting a cemetery might sound like a very bizarre idea, in New Orleans they are a fascinating attraction, different from most others. That's because burying the dead in a city located below sea level is a problem here. The solution was entombing those who passed in elaborate marble chambers above ground. The result is cemeteries that are hauntingly beautiful and historic. You can wander through to discover tombs of famous figures like voodoo queen Marie Laveau and the plots purchased by Nicholas Cage in advance. St. Louis Cemetery can be explored on a tour, while Lafayette Cemetery can be visited on your own for free.

The Mansions and Homes in the Garden District

Taking a stroll through the Garden District brings the opportunity to marvel at some of the city's most stunning historic homes and mansions, with styles that range from Greek revival and Gothic to classically southern. It's the most prestigious neighborhood in New Orleans, with price tags of around several million dollars for many of these magnificent residences. It's bordered by Magazine Street and Saint Charles, First and Toledano, beginning as a plantation that was divided and sold into lots that were developed around the middle of the 19th-century. Be sure to bring your camera for the many great photo-ops.

Longue View House and Gardens

This popular attraction is an historic estate with eight acres of beautiful gardens, including an interactive Discover Garden for kids and a house museum. Visitors can tour the house for a unique glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous in New Orleans during the 1930s and '40s. The Drawing Room once played host to celebrities and VIPs from Eleanor Roosevelt, John and Robert Kennedy, to Jack Benny.

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