Crescent City offers plenty of fun
May 1, 2003 12:00 PM
NATIONAL Tank Truck Carriers members and spouses will enjoy New Orleans this year at the annual meeting set for May 18-21. When the group isn't attending meetings, it will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the city and its rich heritage.
Carriages, courtyards, and Creole all combine to present a European flavor throughout the city nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River. Visitors can stroll the French Quarter with its wrought-iron-trimmed townhouses, see the work of artists on display in Jackson Square, and take a ride in a carriage. They can rest on a bench overlooking the river, shop in a plethora of stores, and visit the city's three art museums and many art galleries. Another museum houses D-Day exhibits.
Bourbon Street, the city's famous artery, reflects New Orleans' varied face. Named for one of the Bourbons, a powerful ruling European clan, the avenue has residential roots as well as a reputation for night spots.
When hunger strikes there are many restaurants and cafes that can satisfy almost anyone's taste.
If the walking becomes tiresome, there's always the famous streetcars that shuttle both residents and tourists along their routes.
New Orleans' above-ground cemeteries have always drawn tourists to their elaborate tombs. The “cities of the dead” are thought to have been established when New Orleans was under Spanish rule.
Among other tourist attractions are the John James Audubon Riverboat to the Audubon Zoo. For a contemporary treat, there's Harrah's Casino.
Of course, tourists don't want to miss out on hearing some jazz while visiting the city. Some performers air their talents on Jackson Square while others are in the many restaurants and clubs. The new New Orleans Musical Legends Park has a Pete Fountain statue with plans for other musicians to be honored.
No matter what interests a tourist may have, it's likely they can be found in New Orleans.
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