As an attractions expert with doitwell, I am always driven to learn everything about the world of museums, attractions, and tourism in the world.
It’s part of my character that I seek new things to avoid getting bored.
When I start a new day I often wonder, what’s cooking today? What’s in the news today?
USA Today recently published a list of the 10 most visited attractions in the United States in 2019. The result is surprising.
Research from TripAdvisor inspired this article. It mapped out the most popular places to visit in America, from New York to San Francisco.
I wasn’t surprised to see that iconic monuments like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building were on the list. But I admit I was astonished to see New Orleans’ French Quarter in second place.
I have only visited New York. So while I knew about New Orleans and its jazz culture and the French Quarter, I haven’t visited.
So, I turned to the internet to research this blog, starting with the official website. This website has many suggestions and tips, maps, events, and attractions not to be missed. I also looked at the official New Orleans website which has a section on the French Quarter.
But given that doitwell’s mission is to improve the guest experience, I turned to Trip Advisor to see what tourists were saying about New Orleans and the French Quarter.
TripAdvisor says the French Quarter is full of nightlife, good food, and history, offering something for everyone.
So let’s explore.
The French Quarter was the original city of New Orleans founded by the French in 1718. During it’s long history, New Orleans has been administrated by France, Spain and the USA. Often called the crown jewel of New Orleans, the French Quarter is a timeless portrait, that dazzles visitors with its colors and its jazz sounds.
Jackson Square is full of energy where street artists and strange fortune-tellers gather. The architectural lines of the buildings are clean and engaging. Named after General Andrew Jackson, they declared the square a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Since the late 19th century, Jackson Square has been an open-air artists colony, attracting painters and musicians from all over the world. The square has also been featured in many movies and television shows. Today Jackson Square is one of the French Quarter’s most popular destinations.
Also in this area is the Cabildo Palace, one of the most historically significant buildings in America. It was the center of New Orleans Government until 1853 when it became the Louisiana Supreme Court headquarters. Today the building is managed by the state museum of Louisiana and houses more than 500 artifacts and original artworks.
Another popular destination is Pirates Alley. This little street, only 600 feet long is lined with historical buildings. It’s packed with unique businesses like Faulkner House Books or Bourbon Street, with neon lights and throbbing with music.
For 30 days every year, the streets of this neighborhood come alive with one of the most famous festivals in the city, the “mardi gras” (Carnivale).
The main celebrations run over 2 weeks. There is a major parade each day organized by social clubs known as krewes. This is one of the best-known events in the United States.
You can’t visit New Orleans and the French Quarter without experiencing a jazz show. In the deep south of the United States, close to Mexico jazz was born. Music is everywhere from clubs to bars to streets. It’s impossible to resist and not carried away.
The spirit of the locals is clear, as well as their resilience and desire in the face of recent catastrophic events (such as Hurricane Katrina) that have hit in the city. The inhabitants here never give up and live life with the pace and rhythm of a jazz.
Making the most of experiences like those offered in New Orleans is the key to creating lasting memories.
I can’t wait to visit. What are you waiting for?