New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana. It has the combination of snobby Parisian meets the rowdy third world. New Orleans is often referred to as the northern Caribbean town. New Orleans is proud of its precious historical architecture combined with low and mid-rise skyline structures and bungalow houses with balconies. The city has plenty of historic housing styles such as the charming Creole cottages, double-gallery domiciles, American townhouses, as well as typical Southern antebellum houses. The various strata of New Orleans was demolished in August 2005 as Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans and most of the Louisiana state with unprecedented devastation that rocked the entire world.
Embracing the tedious and painstaking process of rebuilding, the people of Louisiana and New Orleans committed to make something positive out of the hurricane destruction.
Part of the tourism Louisiana promoted included the areas along the riverside which never saw massive flooding and drew inspiration for areas that will symbolize the people’s resilience against hard times and optimism for better things to come.
New Orleans reveals its charms as a grand city to walk around despite the city’s wild reputation, amid the echoing sounds of incredibly sweet jazz, R&B blues and funky brass compelling a response to dance when one hears it. New Orleans entices travelers with their succulent and authentic Creole and Cajun cuisines enjoyed in short-course cooking classes or at the host of restaurants catering to the city’s epicurean needs. Crawfish ettouffe and muffalatta sandwiches are uniquely New Orleans.
New Orleans helped the Tourism Office of Louisiana push for after Hurricane Katrina, in encouraging visitors to come and see the state years after the destructive hurricane by promoting some of its major attractions. And New Orleans successfully carried out its mission as it lands on the list as one of the top ten cities for tourism in terms of it being one of the most visited in the United States.
New Orleans has become a favorite spring break destination where on-break college students enjoy stylish boutique hotels, live music/concerts watching, cocktail sprees and lively bar scenes.
On the natural side, New Orleans is home to the Audubon Nature Institute which takes care of Audubon Park, the Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Insectarium and the Audubon Zoo. There are also the lush gardens such as New Orleans Botanical Garden and the “Longue Vue House and Gardens”, and City Park which is one of the country’s urban parks that have one of the world’s biggest oak specie.
The residents of New Orleans also capitalized on the numerous celebrations and festivals to get other state residents to come to Louisiana to participate in some of those festive celebrations. The Carnival or more popularly referred to as Mardi Gras season signals the beginning of seeing more tourists in the city than any other time of the year.
Another signature festival focuses on New Orleans’ gift of music – Jazz Fest. It is one of the largest and most popular Jazz festivals in the country which features masses of people from all over the world trooping to New Orleans to enjoy and experience days of music, arts and crafts and food. Other major festivals providing a unique experience of the local life in New Orleans include the French Quarter Festival, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the Southeren Decadence.
Tourism, being the major staple of New Orleans’ economy has contributed significantly in getting Louisiana and all of the places that have been temporarily displaced by the Hurricane Katrina back to life again. When it seemed impossible to pick up the pieces after the hurricane, New Orleans saw hope and held on to that hope that led to where New Orleans is now.