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Garden District, New Orleans

Noted for its well-preserved antebellum private mansions and meticulously manicured gardens, Garden District serves as a reminder of the city's golden years of prosperity. You can take a guided walking tour of this photogenic neighborhood, where residents take great pride in their well-cared-for properties. Some mansions even open their doors for special-event tours, allowing visitors a quick peek at their English-style gardens. Originally laid out in the 1820s, the neighborhood first attracted "new money" residents looking to outshine one another by building and continuously expanding their Greek Revival houses. Visit the neighborhood's lower district where you can explore trendy boutiques, bars, and restaurants. Plan to see Garden District and other attractions that appeal to you using our New Orleans trip maker tool .
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  • If you enjoy looking at beautiful old houses, the Garden District can't be beaten. We spent a lovely afternoon just walking and looking. Our Fodor book had a nice walking tour, and you can take the Ch...  more »
  • Took the tour of the Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery. Both super interesting. Be advised, go when it isn't too warm outside and wear comfortable shoes.  more »
  • There are beautiful houses in the area, in addition, there are lots of vegetation and you can stroll there very calmly and admire the houses in conjunction with the nature that surrounds them... Very nice
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Though you can walk to most tourist attractions in New Orleans from a hotel in the central business district, remember that many other parts of town feature less expensive and equally comfortable accommodations. Smaller hotels and private guesthouses in quiet residential neighborhoods offer not only good local food and spacious rooms, but can also allow you to explore the city's culture away from overwhelming tourist crowds. To reduce your carbon footprint during your stay, consider one of French Quarter's many green or eco-friendly hotels.
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