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Sometimes referred to as the Crescent City because of its location within a bend on the lower Mississippi River, New Orleans is one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the United States. Begun as a French colony in 1718, New Orleans was then ruled alternately by the French and Spanish until purchased by the United States (the Louisiana Purchase) in 1803.
One of the main attractions of the city is the French Quarter. Also known as the Vieux Carré, this area offers some of the most exciting music and entertainment in the world. Additionally, much of the original charm of the French Quarter can be seen through its architecture and unique traditions.
Never let it be said that you are bored in New Orleans. Mardi Gras, the Jazz and Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Saints football team, the Aquarium of the Americas, riverboat rides and the world-class Audubon Zoological Garden are just a few of the many attractions that the city has to offer. The city also boasts many cultural offerings, including the Theatre for the Performing Arts, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana Philharmonic, The New Orleans Opera, and many small galleries and theater companies.
Although famous for its seafood, New Orleans offers a wide array of culinary delights. Whether you prefer the elegance of world-famous restaurants or the laid-back atmosphere of one of the family-owned, neighborhood restaurants, "The Big Easy" can accommodate your taste. The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is located in the central business district, within walking distance of the French Quarter and the Mississippi River. Not only is the area the regional center for health care programs, but it continues to be the hub of the city's commercial, cultural and recreational activities.
Helpful New Orleans Websites:
New Orleans Online
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
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