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New Orleans

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Walking through the vibrant New Orleans of today, it is easy to forget that not long ago, many people wondered whether the city was even salvageable. After Hurricane Katrina, there were serious calls to transform New Orleans into a Colonial Williamsburg-style theme park. Thankfully, other ...

Walking through the vibrant New Orleans of today, it is easy to forget that not long ago, many people wondered whether the city was even salvageable. After Hurricane Katrina, there were serious calls to transform New Orleans into a Colonial Williamsburg-style theme park. Thankfully, other voices prevailed, and the city reemerged as a real place, not one entirely dependent on tourists. 

In many respects, the Big Easy is better than ever — an opinion based on regular visits over the past 25 years. The streets are clean, buildings have been repainted, the street life is lively (especially, as you might expect, the honky-tonk scene on Bourbon Street) and the justly renowned restaurant scene has dozens more options than before. Frenchmen Street contains a wide selection of bars, restaurants and one-off shops, and there is animated life in neighborhoods west of the Quarter, such as Magazine Street, which has a thriving thoroughfare of boutiques and cafés. A recommended stop is the thoroughly engrossing National WWII Museum, set in the revitalized Warehouse District. Jazz clubs jump with everything from traditional Dixieland to more experimental contemporary music (the bars d.b.a.Snug Harbor,  Palm Court Jazz Café and Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse offer terrific live music programs).  

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