Visiting New Orleans
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Mark Twain once said that New Orleans was one of the only "unique" American cities...the rest were cookie cutter models of each other. New Orleans is certainly the most European of U.S. cities, and is the largest American city to have once been predominantly French-speaking.
These days, you won't find many New Orleanians speaking French, but that influence remains. The world-famous French Quarter (actually mostly Spanish architecture, but that's a different story!) attracts visitors from across the globe. The 100 blocks that make up the Quarter feature fascinating architecture, great clubs and restaurants, and beautiful parks. The Aquarium of the Americas, Bourbon Street nightlife, French Market, Jackson Square, Royal Street antique shopping and the new riverfront Woldenberg Park are just some of the many neighborhood attractions.
But New Orleans isn't just the French Quarter. The city boasts several neighborhoods> of interest, from oak-lined Uptown to historic Algiers Point to the fun and hip Faubourg Marigny to the tranquil Bayou St. John area of Mid-City. And don't forget the majestic mansions of the Garden District or the modern appeal of the Warehouse District, either!