New Orleans, Louisiana Hotels and Travel Guide
Known worldwide as “The Big Easy,” New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the most exciting United States destinations imaginable. If you’re looking for New Orleans hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has two great places to stay, both at a great rate.
Considered by some to be the most unique city in America, New Orleans is famous for its multicultural and multilingual heritage, its cuisine, and as the birthplace of jazz. The city’s annual Mardi Gras celebration remains a major attraction, drawing an estimated 800,000 people in 2008.
New Orleans has the fifth-largest port in the United States by volume, and the region accounts for a large portion of the nation's refinery and petroleum production. New Orleans is home to two Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) storage facilities.
The region’s industrial infrastructure includes 17 petroleum refineries. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port is capable of receiving ultra large oil tankers and pipelines for crude oil, distilled product and liquefied petroleum gas.
With so much to offer visitors, even those traveling on business should be sure to set aside plenty of sight-seeing time while in New Orleans. In addition to the famous “French Quarter”, renowned for gourmet food and jazz, New Orleans is a great place to take in nature. Found at several places around town are the wonderful attractions of the Audubon Nature Institute. Two attractions well worth the time are the Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo.
Several companies operate boat tours through the famed Louisiana swampland; float your way along meandering waters and just take in the sights or cast a fishing line into the bayou and hook your supper. Visitors can also take a personal narrated tour in Honey Island Swamp, one of the least altered river swamps in the country, boasting nearly 70,000 acres of permanently protected swampland.
Those in the mood for more unique adventures should try out Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum, complete with a haunted dungeon and over 150 life-size wax statues. Afterwards, venture over to the renowned Cities of the Dead, the above-ground final resting places for many New Orleans denizens. If you know where to look, you might get to see the tomb of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
History buffs need to check out the National WWII Museum, established by author Stephen Ambrose. The numerous permanent and temporary exhibits comprise the only museum to celebrate all of the amphibious invasions of World War II. The location is appropriate, given that the amphibious vessels used in the Normandy invasion were created in New Orleans.
If you’re bringing the whole family to the Big Easy, be sure to stop by the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Located throughout 30,000 square feet, hands-on exhibits will thrill kids of all ages while teaching them about safe, healthy living.
If your plans for New Orleans include golf, you will want to visit the City Park Golf Course. City Park has delivered enjoyable, affordable golf in New Orleans for over 100 years and is the perfect place to test your skills and enjoy great views.
For a great New Orleans, Louisiana hotel, there are two outstanding choices, each offering comfortable rooms at exceptional rates: Extended Stay America New Orleans - Kenner Hotel and Extended Stay America New Orleans - Metairie Hotel.