New Orleans is a vast mélange of Spanish courtyards, Victorian verandas, Cajun jambalaya, Creole gumbo, and French beignets. Life has not been easy since the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina but the city has rebuilt impressively, making the Big Easy well worth an extended stay. The oldest part of the city is the French Quarter, famous for its French, Spanish, and unique New Orleans architecture. Bourbon Street is packed with bars, strip clubs, and restaurants. If you are looking for all things jazz, check out the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Visitors Center, which has information on all jazz performances and happenings in the city. For an up close view of the Mississippi River you can enjoy the Canal Street Ferry ride to Algiers Point. Algiers was home to much of the city’s African-American population as well as the most famous jazz musicians.
On any night of the week, there is a party in New Orleans. Most events center around Bourbon Street, although Decatur Street and Frenchmen Street offer a good nightlife that is less touristy. In the Uptown area you can find authentic Cajun dance halls which are worth the experience.