Popular Landmarks and Attractions in New Orleans, Louisiana

Browse pictures of the most well-known activities and must-see features in this vibrant city.
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Carnival and Mardi Gras

The world-famous parade known as Mardi Gras is part of a week-long festival of street celebrations, floats and beads-galore. The city-wide event takes place every year before the season of Lent. Mardi Grad, or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday -- the final day of Carnival. Visitors come from all over to be a part of the festivities, and for many locals, it is the most anticipated event of the year.

New Orleans School of Cooking

Learn to cook local dishes like shrimp Creole, jambalaya and gumbo at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Located in the historic French Quarter, students can take day-long classes to learn about New Orleans cuisine from local Creole and Cajun experts. Classes are held seven days a week and menus change daily.

National World War II Museum

The National WWII Museum opened on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2000. The museum was the brainchild of the late best-selling author Stephen Ambrose, and was originally planned as the National D-Day Museum. It offers in-depth historical accounts of all 19 amphibious operations on D-Day, as well as an extensive collection of artifacts and educational material. The unique exhibits focus on personal stories and reflect on the soldiers as individuals. The museum also features a one-of-a-kind panorama to allow the visitor to feel the scope of the famous beaches from that fateful day.

The Garden District

Take a walk through New Orleans' history in the Garden District. The neighborhood was developed between 1832 and 1900, and has been deemed a National Historic Landmark. Thought to be one of the best-preserved areas of Southern mansions in the country, the Garden District is appreciated for its lush landscaping, architectural significance and famous landmarks such as the George Washington Cable House and Commander's Palace, one of the city's most popular restaurants.

St. Charles Streetcar

Streetcars have long been a popular means of transportation in New Orleans. The St. Charles Streetcar runs on the St. Charles Avenue Line and is the only line that has run continuously throughout New Orleans' streetcar history. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the line was partly opened back up in December 2006, and has since continued to be restored to its former glory.

St. Louis Cathedral

The St. Louis Cathedral, otherwise known as the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, is the oldest operating cathedral in the country. The first church was built in 1718, with a large renovation and reconstruction taking place in 1850 after being raised to cathedral-rank. Located in the French Quarter and next to Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral faces the Mississippi River and is one of the only cathedrals in the country that faces a public square.

The French Quarter

The oldest -- and most famous -- neighborhood in all of New Orleans is the French Quarter. In fact, the city was built around the French Quarter when it was founded in 1718. Full of world-renowned restaurants, shopping and nightlife, the French Quarter is home to Jackson Square, Cafe du Monde and Jackson Brewery, among other popular attractions.

Audubon Park

Audubon Park is a part of the larger Audubon Nature Institute -- a collection of 10 museums and parks dedicated to protecting and conserving wildlife and the surrounding ecosystems. The park is a popular place for bike rides, picnics and other outdoor activities.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Often referred to as "JazzFest," the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is an annual commemoration of New Orleans' unique music and culture. The celebration -- which began in 1970 -- typically encompasses a couple of days surrounding the actual festival, as night-clubs and other music venues use the weekend to promote and celebrate the occasion.

Canal Street/ Algiers Ferry

Some of the best views of the city can be seen from the Canal Street Ferry, also known as the Algiers Ferry. The ferry connects the bottom of Canal Street in the Central Business District of New Orleans with Algiers on the Westbank. The ferry has been running since 1827, and carries cars, bikes and pedestrians.

Magazine Street

Magazine Street has become one of New Orleans' most premier destinations, with flourishing businesses, world-class dining, shopping and upbeat night life. The area is very pedestrian-friendly, where biking and walking is more common than driving a vehicle.

Cafe du Monde

Located in the French Quarter, Cafe Du Monde has been serving up its famous cafe au lait, coffee spiced with chicory, and beignets since the 19th century. The famous cafe is open 24- hours a day and has expanded its empire to include openings in Atlanta, Sarasota, Fla., and even Japan. As a first-time visitor, expect to get a bit of powdered sugar blown on you for good-luck- an act that has been made customary over the years.

Jackson Square

Jackson Square, also known as Place d'Armes, is a historic park in the French Quarter. The St. Louis Cathedral opens up to the square, where residents can enjoy the outdoors and view the French Quarter architecture. The park has long been a gathering place for painters, artists and live music.