New Orleans

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Flying To New Orleans With American Airlines

Kick back to the jazzy rhythms of the Big Easy when you take an American Airlines flight to New Orleans. Stroll the storied streets of the French Quarter, soak in the lush avenues of the Garden District, and dig into spicy gumbo when you fly to New Orleans with American Airlines.

Explore the French Quarter

The oldest and best-preserved neighborhood in the city, comprised of nearly 100 square blocks of colorful, centuries-old architecture. Street musicians provide a toe-tapping soundscape and horse-drawn carriages clip-clop down cobblestoned streets along the curving banks of the Mississippi River. Stroll the bluff overlooking Old Muddy at Woldenberg Riverfront Park or join in the lively street scene in Jackson Square.

Ride the St. Charles streetcar to the Garden District

A striking contrast to the tightly packed French Quarter, the Garden District practically sprawls with swaths of green lawns and elegant old homes. Hop on the old wooden streetcar that rumbles down St. Charles Avenue and meander peaceful avenues perfumed with gardenias, looking for Greek Revival mansions and pastel-hued Victorians.

Touch a silky stingray at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Walk through an underwater tunnel in the Caribbean Reef, stroll through a rainforest, or see what lives beneath the muck in the Louisiana swamp exhibit. The aquarium is part of the Audubon Nature Institute, which also includes the excellent Audubon Zoo, the fascinating Insectarium, and the 340-acre Audubon Park.

Dance to the irresistible rhythms of New Orleans music

From brassy Bourbon Street clubs to Jazz Fest headliners to impromptu street concerts, music is everywhere in New Orleans. Swing to a jazz performance by the legendary Preservation Hall Band. Bounce to brass bands in intimate clubs like the Maple Leaf, or hit the dance floor at Tipitina's.

Eat!

New Orleans is revered for its inventive cuisine and vibrant dining scene. Sample Creole and Cajun specialties such as gumbo and jambalaya and fresh Gulf seafood. Enjoy a jazz brunch in the sun-splashed courtyard at Commander's Palace or a piping-hot beignet at Café du Monde. Order up a muffuletta at Central Grocery, and you'll see why folks swoon over this overstuffed, olive-spread sandwich.

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More Things To Do In New Orleans

Follow American Airlines as we go off the beaten path to discover more things to do in New Orleans. Immerse yourself in the city's art and architecture, and get spooked during a classic New Orleans ghost tour. American is with you every step of the way.

See gators on a swamp boat tour

A short drive out of town delivers you to the Louisiana bayou, where you can cruise the swamp waters beneath a mossy canopy of gnarled cypress trees. Look for snowy-white egrets and turtles sleeping in the sun—and resident alligators coaxed to the water's surface with tasty chicken snacks.

Soak up the city's art and architecture

New Orleans has two of the country's finest art museums: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. However, you can experience New Orleans's splendid art and architecture just about anywhere. Tour historic homes, churches, or simply take a romantic stroll, admiring a ornate wrought-iron balcony here or glimpsing a lush back-yard garden there.

Take a cemetery tour

The high water table means New Orleans uses above-ground tombs and crypts. Drenched in atmosphere, these historic burial sites feature tombs topped with marble statues and elaborately festooned mausoleums. The best way to see the city's famous cemeteries is on an official cemetery tour.

Tour Mardi Gras floats

On the East Bank of the Mississippi, escape into Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, where most of the city's eye-popping Mardi Gras floats are fashioned. Watch sculptors crafting this year's models—you can even try on some of the bejeweled costumes worn by the Carnival krewes.

Visit a haunted house

New Orleans loves a good ghost story, but even skeptics have a blast on the city's classic haunted tours. Historic New Orleans Tours has several excellent ghost tours, including a cemetery and voodoo tour that takes you from St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 to a real voodoo temple.

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