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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. Put Garden District on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our New Orleans trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Aching for classic looking Victorian Southern Charm homes, head down to the Garden District and Irish Channel on Magazine street. Divided only by Magazine Street, it seems that there is a competition ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The road construction on St. Charles was the reason I rated 4 instead of 5. Such beautiful homes and gardens it's worth a long stroll with your best walking shoes!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is a beautiful part of New Orleans and worth visiting. You can ride through it on the St Charles streetcar but you should walk through the unique neighborhoods. A lot of the houses are gorgeous. ...  more »

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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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