New Orleans is arguably the most historically and culturally fascinating city in the United States. It’s nearly 300 year history spans French, Spanish, and American settlement, and the city has been a focal point for trade drawing influence from the Caribbean, Africa, Central America, and South America. As a result, the city has a character, architecture, and style unique it own. On top of this rich historical heritage, it offers a number of benefits to it residents.
Music is an integral part of life in New Orleans. New Orleans was the birthplace of Jazz, and maintains powerful tradition of local musicians. Among those who claimed New Orleans as home: Buddy Bolden, “Jelly Roll” Morton, Louis Armstrong, “Fats” Domino, the Marsalis family, the Neville brothers, Mahalia Jackson, Dr. John, and Harry Connick, Jr.
In addition residents can enjoy:
- World class musician at intimate local clubs such as Preservation Hall, the Maple Leaf, or Tipitina’s.
- Every April, New Orleans hosts Jazzfest, the world’s largest and most famous jazz festival.
- New Orleans is home to North America’s oldest Opera Association, with performances in the Mahalia Jackson Theatre.
- It is also home to the Louisiana Philharmonic Symphony, the only Musician owned symphony in the United States.
Food, is also very close to the heart and soul of New Orleans. The city is known for it’s passion for food, and is home to many of the world’s most famous restaurants: Arnaud’s, Commander’s Palace, Emeril’s, Brennan’s, K-Paul’s, NOLA’s. It is also renown for its diversity of cuisine, featuring local Cajun and Creole, as well as French, Spanish, Italian, and Carribean. There are also plenty of famous, but cheap, local hangouts, like Mother’s Restaurant, Camilla Grill, and Café Du Monde.
Perhaps the most attractive feature of New Orleans is its relaxed lifestyle. A friendly, laid back atmosphere permeates the city, offering a pleasant contrast to the typical big city.