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New Orleans is comprised of many distinct neighborhoods. From the historic French Quarter to the luxurious Garden District – there is much to see and do for those visiting the area.

French Quarter

The French Quarter or Vieux Carre is the original settlement and oldest neighborhood in the city.  Established by the French in 1718, the location was a valuable trading site due to its proximity to the Mississippi River.  The district as a whole is a National Historic Landmark and boasts a storied history of European and African influence.  So much of what makes New Orleans unique is captured by the melting pot atmosphere of The Quarter. 

From the lively atmosphere of Bourbon Street to the bohemian elegance of Royal, this area is considered to be cultural hub of the city.  The neighborhood contains many restaurants, ranging from formal to casual.  Visitors can also find the best nightlife and live music here.

Arts District

Originally known as the Warehouse District, this section of the city was established as an industrial area in the 19th century.  In 1976, The Arts District was transformed into “The SoHo of the South”, with the opening of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC).

Today, the Arts District has become a bustling center of attention in Downtown.  More than 25 galleries call the district home and are located on Julia Street.  The area is also home to several prominent museums like The National World War II Museum, which draws over 2 million visitors each year. 


Just a ferry ride away from Downtown is Algiers Point. If you’re looking for a romantic date night idea, this is the place for you. This area offers great views of the city skyline and the Mississippi River. Other fun activities that you can do in this area include walking through the streets, picnicking in fantastic locations, or visiting notable places like the Jazz Walk of Fame.


Tremé is known as “America’s Oldest African American Neighborhood”. This neighborhood continues to celebrate its history with parades and jazz funerals, and also features several African American museums and the Armstrong Park. In addition to the history, this area is another one known for its live music. If you love underground jazz music, Tremé is the place for you.

Garden District

The upscale Garden District is known for its royalty. This neighborhood includes Magazine Street, which is famed for some of the best shopping in the city.   This area is grounded in a sense of tradition and is considered to have one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansion in the entire South. 

Central Business District

The Central Business District (CBD) is a premier destination for business travelers. Not only does it offer meeting spaces, but there’s also a variety of lunch spots, bars with great happy hour specials, and some fine dining options.  Also known as "Downtown", the CBD is home to Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Smoothie King Center, Audubon Butterfly & Insectarium, and Lafayette Square.

Tulane - Gravier

Located right above the Central Business District is Tulane – Gravier, a small neighborhood of Mid-City.  This area was named after Paul Tulane, founder of Tulane University, and the Gravier brothers.

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