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New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz and the host of the 2019 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, welcomes 18 million people a year and offers luxurious hotels, flavorable cuisine, and dazzling entertainment. Located in southeast Louisiana along the Mississippi River, visitors come to New Orleans by plane, bus, and automobile and is the largest and most visited city in the state.
The French Quarter is the oldest, most famous, and more visited district in New Orleans, stretching along the banks of the Mississipi River. Known as the "Crown Jewel of New Orleans," the section of the city blends the old with the new. With reimagined French markets, bohemian charm, steamboat cruises, and century-old restaurants and architecture, this neighborhood should land on any visitor's list.
Louisiana is known for its Creole cuisine, a style of cooking with multiple influences that includes gumbo, crawfish, and jambalaya dishes. However, if that doesn't peak interest, there are various other choices as well. With over 1,400 restaurants, visitors are guaranteed satisfaction that they will never go hungry within city limits. From bistros and traditional New Orleans Sunday brunch to romantic restaurants and late night eats, there is no shortage of decadent eats.
When New Orleans is brought up, it's likely the first thought that comes to mind is jazz music. On every day of the week, live music plays and there often are too many shows but too little time to go to every one of them. Among the plethora of live jazz places is Preservation Hall, the most iconic spot for traditional jazz. With the hall being within 2 miles of the convention center, there's no reason to not go! Additionally, more places to go for live jazz include the Maple Leaf Bar, the Spotted Cat, Jazz Playhouse, and the Davenport Lounge.
Expanding 13 blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue, Bourbon Street offers a vibrant nightlife scene with mix of historic venues and tales.