With a deep history of musical culture, New Orleans is one of the oldest cities in the world, a major U.S. port, and the largest city in the state of Louisiana at a population of 300,000 (1.1 million in the greater metropolitan area). Established by French colonists and heavily influenced by French and African culture, New Orleans is a city like no other city in North America.
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New Orleans is probably most famous for its yearly celebration of Mardi Gras and the Jazz Fest, although it is also famous for its food, jazz music, architecture, museums, and diverse culture. In terms of weather, New Orleans tends to have very long, hot summers, short and mild winters, and a tropical humidity almost year-round. Snow is very rare, and icy roads and freezing are practically unknown, making driving in the winter a good time to exercise caution. The city’s many districts can be confusing to newcomers, so if you’re looking to get around the city in comfort, consider a shuttle bus from Metropolitan Shuttle.
Transportation in and Around New Orleans
By air, New Orleans is served by the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), located in Kenner. MSY is the sixth busiest airport in the United States, and one of only four cities that can fly to and from Cuba. MSY offers flight service through US Airways, United, Spirit Airlines, Southwest, Jet Blue, Frontier, Delta, and Air Canada. Greyhound, Megabus, and LA Swift offer bus service to New Orleans via Baton Rouge and other nearby cities, and train service is provided by Amtrak. By car, New Orleans is accessible via Interstate 10.
New Orleans is a huge city with many distinct neighborhoods: the famous French Quarter, Downriver, Uptown, Lakeside, and the historic neighborhood of Algiers. One of the most unique aspects of New Orleans is its high walkability; inside the French Quarter and the central business district, a car may be more of a liability than a convenience. Parking in these areas is difficult and expensive, and between the public transit, streetcar and bus options, you can get almost anywhere in the center of the city without the use of a car. You can also rent bikes from several companies in the French Quarter for getting around the area.
If you do choose to go driving in New Orleans, be advised that the layout of the city predates the automobile, so many streets are confusing, one-way, and sometimes too narrow to allow cars to pass each other comfortably. Signage can be rare and confusing, making getting around by car even more challenging for newcomers or visitors. In cases like these, a shuttle bus from services like Metropolitan Shuttle can go a long way toward getting you around the city in comfort.
New Orleans Airports
Colleges and Universities in New Orleans
Museums and Culture in New Orleans
National WWII Museum
The McKenna Museum
Louisiana Children’s Museum
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans Wax Museum
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
New Orleans Theater and Arts
New Orleans Ballet Theatre
Mahalia Jackson Theater
The Joy Theater
Anthony Bean Community Theater
Le Petit Theatre
Prytania Theatre New Orleans
The AllWays Lounge
La Nuit Comedy Theater
Attractions in New Orleans
Sports in New Orleans
New Orleans Convention Venues
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