Things to do in New Orleans: Excursions – Tours – Activities
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About New Orleans
New Orleans, from the French La Nouvelle-Orléans, is the largest city in the State of Louisiana and one of the largest US maritime ports. NoLa was founded by the French colonists in 1718 (by the French Mississippi Company) and named after the Duke of Orleans. The city was greatly influenced by the European culture of the colonists, which helped create the French and Spanish Creole architecture that still today characterized the city. New Orleans is also known for its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage, eclectic cuisine, music ( birthplace of jazz), and its annual festivals such as the Mardi Gras, dating back to French colonial times. These and many others, are the reasons why NoLa is considered the “most unique” city in the United States of America. NoLa seats on the Mississippi River banks, the main artery being Canal Street divides the city in the 2 primary areas, respectively named “downtown” and “uptown”. Downtown neighborhoods include the French Quarter, Tremé, and Faubourg; Uptown neighborhoods include the Garden District, Gert Town and Fontainebleau. The unique architecture of this city is widely influenced by its multicultural heritage.
New Orleans: Map, Quick Facts, and Weather
New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and hot, humid summers. January the coldest month has an average temperature of 53 °F (11.5 °C); July and August are the two hottest months with average temperature around 83 °F (28 °C). Most precipitation occurs during the summer months, the wettest season, the dryer being the fall. New Orleans is one of the top-ten most visited cities in the United State with more than 10 million visitors a year. NoLa public transportation system is comprised of 4 streetcar lines and a network of buses. NoLa is also the 8th city in the U.S. for bicycle and pedestrian transportation.