New Orleans Highlights
New Orleans has long seduced visitors with its Caribbean color, sultry Southern heat, sweet-tasting cocktails and voodoo potions. The unofficial state motto, "let the good times roll," pretty much says it all, and any time you step outside, be ready for a meandering conversation with a total stranger.
Hurricane Katrina caused a mass exodus, but the people of New Orleans have embraced the process of rebuilding. Although the population in town has been halved by the post-storm exodus, the areas along the river, most-frequented by visitors, never saw flooding and are once again thronged with the city's trademark joyfulness. Now more than ever, tourism is critical to the future of New Orleans. All reports we hear from travelers suggest that New Orleans has just about regained its pre-Katrina reputation as America's most fun city.