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New Orleans


Sometimes known as the "Big Easy", New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, and one of the oldest cities in the United States. As of the 2000 census, its population was 484,674.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused the city's evacuation. Parts of the city were flooded and there was extensive damage from both flooding and the winds. New Orleans has been recovering since then, with people gradually returning - as of October 2006, the population was estimated as 187,525, although this figure is disputed by some.

New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana There are many reasons to visit New Orleans: The city is known for its rich history and French heritage, its unique culture, excellent food, jazz music, and most especially for the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Some of the attractions of New Orleans include:

New Orleans Facts


Here is some more information about New Orleans:
  • The principal airport serving New Orleans is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

  • Professional sports teams in New Orleans include the basketball team, the New Orleans Hornets, and the NFL American football team, the New Orleans Saints.

  • Perhaps the most famous educational institution in New Orleans is Xavier University of Louisiana, which is a private coeducational liberal arts college.

  • New Orleans has many nicknames including "America's Favorite City", "America's Most Interesting City", "America\抯 Most European City", "America's European Masterpiece", "The Big Easy", "Birthplace of Jazz", "City of the Chefs", "City of Festivals", "City of Mystery", "Mardi Gras City", "Nawlins", "New York of the South", "NOLA", "Paris of the South", "Queen City of the South", "The Queen of the Mississippi", "Saint City", "Super Bowl City", "The City that Care Forgot", and "The Crescent City".

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Lonely Planet New Orleans (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Adam Karlin

Lonely Planet Publications
Paperback (256 pages)

Lonely Planet New Orleans (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet New Orleans is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. March with a brass band through the French Quarter, eat everything from jambalaya to beignets, or take a walking tour past the Garden District's plantation-style mansions; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New Orleans and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's New Orleans Travel Guide:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, environment, food, drink, and more
  • Free, convenient pull-out New Orleans map (included in print version), plus over 22 color neighborhood maps
  • Covers Uptown, Riverbend, Mid-City, the Treme, CBD, Warehouse District, French Quarter, Garden District, Central City, Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet New Orleans, our most comprehensive guide to New Orleans, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Eastern USA guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travelers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Publications
Paperback (160 pages)

Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. March with a brass band through the French Quarter, eat everything from jambalaya to beignets or take a walking tour past the Garden District's plantation-style mansions; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of New Orleans and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out New Orleans map (included in print version), plus 16 color neighborhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organized by neighborhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers French Quarter, Faubourg, Marigny and the Bywater, CBD and the Warehouse District, Garden and Lower Garden Districts, Uptown and Riverbend, Mid-City and the Treme, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket New Orleans, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of New Orleans' neighborhoods? Check out our Lonely Planet Eastern USA guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Fodor's New Orleans 2016 (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2015-11-10
Paperback (320 pages)

Fodor s New Orleans 2016 (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

New Orleans is a remarkable, vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams, melting pot of a city. Whether travelers are visiting for the music or food, to get to know people or party all night long, or all of the above,聽Fodor's New Orleans聽is the guidebook that makes every trip the trip of a lifetime.

This travel guide includes:
路 Dozens of full-color maps聽
路 Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
路 Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what鈥檚 off the beaten path
路聽In-depth breakout features on Hurricane Katrina, Mardi Gras, and New Orleans聽Cuisine
路 Major sights such as Bourbon Street, Garden District, Jackson Square, St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, Audubon Park, French Market, and City Park
路 Side Trips from New Orleans including Abita Springs, Plantation Country, and Cajun Country
路 Coverage of The French Quarter; Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, and Treme; CBD and Warehouse District; The Garden District; Uptown and Carrollton-Riverbend; Mid-City and Bayou St. John

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

By Ned Sublette

Brand: Chicago Review Press
Paperback (368 pages)

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square
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Named one of the Top 10 Books of 2008 by The Times-Picayune.
Winner of the 2009 Humanities Book of the Year award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Awarded the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for 2008.

New Orleans is the most elusive of American cities. The product of the centuries-long struggle among three mighty empires--France, Spain, and England--and among their respective American colonies and enslaved African peoples, it has always seemed like a foreign port to most Americans, baffled as they are by its complex cultural inheritance.

The World That Made New Orleans offers a new perspective on this insufficiently understood city by telling the remarkable story of New Orleans鈥檚 first century--a tale of imperial war, religious conflict, the search for treasure, the spread of slavery, the Cuban connection, the cruel aristocracy of sugar, and the very different revolutions that created the United States and Haiti. It demonstrates that New Orleans already had its own distinct personality at the time of Louisiana鈥檚 statehood in 1812. By then, important roots of American music were firmly planted in its urban swamp--especially聽in the dances at Congo Square, where enslaved Africans and African Americans appeared en masse on Sundays to, as an 1819 visitor to the city put it, 聯rock the city.鈥澛

This book is a logical continuation of Ned Sublette鈥檚 previous volume, Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, which was highly praised for its synthesis of musical, cultural, and political history.聽Just as that book has become a standard resource on Cuba, so too will The World That Made New Orleans long remain essential for understanding the beautiful and tragic story of this most American of cities.

New Orleans PopOut Map (PopOut Maps)

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Experience New Orleans, the jazz capital of the Deep South, with the help of this genuinely pocket-sized, pop-up map. Small in size yet big on detail, this compact, dependable, New Orleans city map will ensure you don't miss a thing.
  • Includes 2 PopOut maps 鈥 a detailed street map of downtown and greater New Orleans
  • Additional maps of the Garden District, Streetcar lines and a locator map are also included
  • Handy, self-folding, tourist map is small enough to fit in your pocket yet offers extensive coverage of the city in an easy-to-use format
  • Thorough street index is also featured and cross-referenced to the map so you can easily find your destination
  • Key places of interest are listed offering you advice on the best things to see
  • Hotels, restaurants, stores and attractions are all included on the maps
Ideal to pop in a pocket or bag for quick reference while exploring this historic city.

New Orleans Travel Guide 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions and Nightlife in New Orleans, Louisiana (City Travel Guide 2018)

By Charlie W. Cornell

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New Orleans Travel Guide 2018: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions and Nightlife in New Orleans, Louisiana (City Travel Guide 2018)
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The places found in this book are the most positively reviewed and recommended by locals and travelers. 2,000 places listed and organized in four groups. "TOP 500 SHOPS" 72 Store Categories. "TOP 500 RESTAURANTS" 65 Cuisine Types. "TOP 500 ATTRACTIONS" Art Galleries, Museums, Churches, Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Cinemas, Aquariums, Zoos, Tours, Festivals, Colleges & Universities, Libraries, Opera & Ballet, Stadiums, Arenas, Botanic Gardens, Pool Halls. "TOP 500 NIGHTLIFE SPOTS" Lounges, Pubs, Gastropubs, Gay Bars, Latin Bars, Karaoke, Performing Arts, Music Venues, Comedy Clubs, Nightclubs, Adult Entertainment, Cabarets and many more options to visit, relax and enjoy your stay.

Walking New Orleans: 30 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, Culinary and Music Corridors, and Recreational Wonderlands

By Barri Bronston

Wilderness Press
Paperback (256 pages)

Walking New Orleans: 30 Tours Exploring Historic Neighborhoods, Waterfront Districts, Culinary and Music Corridors, and Recreational Wonderlands
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From neighborhoods such as Lakeview and Mid-City to landmarks including the Saenger Theater and Mercedes Benz Superdome, from its restaurants and music clubs to its parks and museums, the Big Easy has regained the title of one of the world's most fascinating cities. In Walking New Orleans, lifelong resident and writer Barri Bronston shares the love of her hometown through 30 self-guided tours that range from majestic St. Charles Avenue and funky Magazine Street to Bywater and Faubourg Marigny, two of the city's "it" neighborhoods. Within each tour, she offers tips on where to eat, drink, dance, and play, for in addition to all the history, culture, and charm that New Orleans has to offer -- and there's plenty -- Faubourg Marigny it provides tourists and locals alike with one heck of a good time.

Frommer's New Orleans day by day

By Diana K. Schwam

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Frommer s New Orleans day by day
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Packed with color photos, this bestselling guide offers itineraries that show you how to see the best of the New Orleans in a short time聴with bulleted maps that lead the way from sight to sight. Featuring a full range of area and thematic tours, plus dining, lodging, shopping, nightlife, and practical visitor info, Frommer鈥檚 New Orleans day by day is the only guide that helps travelers organize their time to get the most out of a trip.

Inside this book you'll find:

- Full color throughout with hundreds of photos and dozens of maps
- Sample one- to three-day itineraries including neighborhood walks of the French Quarter, the Garden District and Uptown.
- Star ratings for all hotels, restaurants, and attractions that clue readers in on great finds and values
- Exact pricing so there鈥檚 never any guessing
- Tear-resistant foldout map in a handy, reclosable plastic wallet, plus dozens of handy maps throughout

Our author is Diana K. Schwam who also pens the best-selling Frommer鈥檚 EasyGuide to New Orleans and is a much-respected, and much-published, expert on the city.

Eat Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Unique Food Culture of the Crescent City (Up-Dat-ed Edition)

By Michael Murphy

Countryman Press
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Eat Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Unique Food Culture of the Crescent City (Up-Dat-ed Edition)
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Completely revised and updated with brand-new restaurants, Eat Dat New Orleans is the ultimate guide to America's best food city

When Mario Batali was asked his favorite food city, he responded, 鈥淣ew Orleans, hands down.鈥 No city has as many signature dishes, from gumbo and beignets to pralines and po' boys, from muffuletta and Oysters Rockefeller to king cake and red beans and rice (every Monday night), all of which draw nearly 9 million hungry tourists to the city each year.

In this fully revised and updated new edition, Eat Dat New Orleans聽celebrates both New Orleans鈥檚 food and its people. It highlights nearly 250 eating spots鈥晄no-cone stands and food carts as well as famous restaurants鈥昦nd spins tales of the city鈥檚 food lore, such as the controversial history of gumbo and the Shakespearean drama of restaurateur Owen Brennan and his heirs. Both first-time visitors and seasoned travelers will be helped by a series of appendices that list restaurants by cuisine, culinary classes and tours, food festivals, and indispensable 鈥渂est of鈥 lists chosen by an A-list of the city鈥檚 food writers and media personalities, including Poppy Tooker, Lolis Eric Elie, Ian McNulty, Sara Roahen, Marcelle Bienvenu, Amy C. Sins, and Liz Williams. 75 Color Illustrations

Fear Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Voodoo, Vampires, Graveyards & Ghosts of the Crescent City

By Michael Murphy

Countryman Press
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Fear Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Voodoo, Vampires, Graveyards & Ghosts of the Crescent City
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By the author of the acclaimed Eat Dat, a brand-new guide to New Orleans's scary side, from Voodoo rituals to historic cemeteries and haunted mansions

Fear Dat New Orleans explores the eccentric and often macabre dark corners of America鈥檚 most unique city. In addition to detailed histories of bizarre burials, ghastly murders, and the greatest concentration of haunted places in America, Fear Dat features a 鈥渂one watcher鈥檚 guide鈥 with useful directions of who鈥檚 buried where, from Marie Laveau to Ruthie the Duck Girl. You鈥檒l also find where to buy the most authentic gris-gris or to get the best psychic reading.

The Huffington Post tagged Michael Murphy鈥檚 first book Eat Dat, about the city鈥檚 food culture, the #1 鈥渆ssential鈥 book to read before coming to New Orleans. New Orleans Living called it 鈥渂oth reverent and irreverent, he manages to bring a sense of humor to serious eating鈥昦nd that鈥檚 what New Orleans is all about.鈥 In Fear Dat, Murphy brings similar insights and irreverence to New Orleans voodoo, vampires, graveyards, and ghosts.

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