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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 3.0 (3.0)
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If you want to experience New Orleans properly, it's best to begin your tour here. The French Quarter is the heart and soul of this city, and, according to the neighborhood's website, "French Quarter History consists of over 200 years of characters, chaos, and intrigue." As the site of the original New Orleans colony (established by the French in 1718), the French Quarter has held on to its heritage, complete with street names that are still listed in French. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets to find such attractions as the French Market, the Faulkner House, and the Cabildo.

But the French Quarter's main draw is Bourbon Street, New Orleans' infamous party hub. You'll find this street laden with street performers and fortune tellers as well as rowdy bars. Although a trip to New Orleans isn't really complete without strolling down Bourbon Street, keep in mind that rowdy evenings on Bourbon are best appreciated by adult travelers.

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