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Brimming with Southern charm and creatively inclined, New Orleans effortlessly beguiles culture-loving visitors with its thrilling live music scene, inventive cuisine and a rich cultural heritage. Writers as varied as William Faulkner, Tennesse Williams, Anne Rice and John Kennedy Toole found inspiration here; literature lovers should book into the historic Monteleone Hotel, where Faulkner once stayed. The Roosevelt, meanwhile, is one of the region's oldest grand hotels, and still offers luxurious Southern hospitality.

Creative spirit

Progressive as New Orleans is, it's easy for visitors to get a sense of history as they explore this refreshingly walkable city on foot.

Alternatively, you can ride the St Charles streetcar, pictured, to travel back in time - it's the oldest continuous form of transportation in the US. Elsewhere, you can watch fireflies hover over the waters of Bayou St John, wander around St Louis Cemetery No.

1 for a fix of Southern gothic charm, and visit the imposing St Louis Cathedral, the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the US.

The city's architectural and historic centre is the intoxicatingly beautiful French Quarter, established in 1718 by Gallic settlers. New Orleans was later ceded to the Spanish, then reclaimed by the French, before being sold by Napoleon to the US as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

The resulting melting pot of European traditions, with a strong West African and Caribbean influence, still defines New Orleans' unique culture.

St Louis catherdral

For a true taste of New Orleans' eclectic creative spirit, art lovers should make a pilgrimage to the Warehouse District's Contemporary Arts Center, which is largely responsible for the city's renewed rise to cultural capital status. This is also the city's unofficial museum quarter, where American warplanes hang in the National WWII Museum, while the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is the perfect introduction to the art scene in this part of the world. Julia Street - nicknamed 'Gallery Row' - is lined with independent art galleries, while if you time your visit to the Warehouse District right, you can also fuel your cultural exploration of New Orleans with beignets and burritos from a farmer's market.

Five to discover in New Orleans...

Museums

Audubon Butterfly Garden

America's largest insectarium is a glorious assault on the senses and a must for nature lovers.

New Orleans Jazz Museum

Enjoy a lively, interactive celebration of the music the city is famous for.

Mardi Gras World

Peek behind the scenes to find out how the carnival is put together.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

America's first licensed pharmacy now offers a fascinating overview of the history of southern healthcare.

New Orleans Voodoo Museum

Mystery, zombies and folklore abound in the heart of the French Quarter. Don't have nightmares!

It's never been easier to fly to New Orleans

British Airways operates the only direct flights from the UK to New Orleans. With a choice of five flights a week from London Heathrow to Louis Armstrong Airport, your own Big Easy experience is closer than ever.

Visit ba.com/neworleans[1] to book your flight and holiday package.

More about: | British Airways [2] | New Orleans [3]

References

  1. ^ ba.com/neworleans (www.britishairways.com)
  2. ^ British Airways (www.standard.co.uk)
  3. ^ New Orleans (www.standard.co.uk)

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