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New Orleans, Louisiana, lures vacationers with its flavorful regional cuisines, its jazz, French Creole architecture and the promise to let the good times roll with celebrations from Mardi Gras to the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Finding the best deals for your stay in one of America’s favorite destinations is as simple as booking with the AARP® Travel Center powered by Expedia®. When you’re looking for deals in this vibrant, sensuous city, you’ll get the better of Expedia’s deep hotel discounts or your AARP hotel discount – whichever saves you more. Plus, when you book your hotel, airfare and car rental together, you’ll save even more.
The neighborhoods of New Orleans offer a wide variety of style and culture and the hotels are just as varied. Most first-time visitors to New Orleans steer toward the French Quarter, where they find themselves in the center of the city’s rich culture. For a quieter setting, try Uptown or the Garden District. You might also be attracted to the contemporary feel of the restored, exposed brick warehouses, now serving as chic hotels. Wherever you choose, you’ll find the best discounts and the cheapest hotels for your New Orleans stay at the AARP Travel Center.
New Orleanians know how to throw jubilant celebrations, not the least of which is the city’s world-famous Carnival, more commonly known as Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday.” You will find yourself amidst a sea of feathered masks, king cakes and a string of Carnival parades from January through February. New Orleans is known for other celebrations as well, like the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, one of the largest musical festivals in the country. To best enjoy Mardi Gras, you can look for New Orleans hotels near St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street, where most of the parades run, or near Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, where many of the other Mardi Gras activities are held.
A visit to the French Quarter will lead to discoveries of talented jazz musicians and gourmet restaurants where the Gulf Coast’s famous seafood is served in tantalizing Cajun and Creole dishes. Besides the area’s famous Bourbon Street, you’ll find historic Jackson Square, which houses a peaceful park in the center of the thriving area. You might want to explore the flora and architecture of the Garden District or shop the interesting stores along its Magazine Street. Whether you’re looking for cheap hotels near the French Quarter or in the Garden District, you can find the best deals at the AARP Travel Center. And of course, we recommend no one leaves New Orleans before riding on one of the city’s famous streetcars.
A city steeped in a rich multicultural history, New Orleans features an impressive array of unique architecture. In fact, New Orleans possesses a remarkable 20 National Register Historic Districts. You’ll find architecture in the style of French Creole, Greek Revival, American Colonial and Victorian, to name just a few. Find distinctive townhouses with large courtyards and elaborate iron balconies throughout the French Quarter or antebellum-style homes along St. Charles Avenue. Antebellum homes, many now restored, may be toured along the Mississippi River.
Cuisine in this city is as steeped in New Orleans’ multicultural heritage as its people, music and architecture. Traditional, mouth-watering Louisiana dishes abound, such as jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and gumbo. Po-boys and beignets are must-tries. You’ll readily find any number of cultural influences to satisfy your taste buds, including: French, Spanish, Italian, German, African and Caribbean.
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