Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans

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#1 of 20 in Nature in Louisiana
National Park Wildlife Area
Take in the sights and scenery, including the Space Needle, the Great Wheel, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer, from atop Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The 100 year-old building was once the tallest on the West Coast and now offers 360-degree views of the Emerald City from 149 m (489 ft) up. Ride up in the old-fashioned elevator and step out into the China Room, where you can see the antiques and carved ceiling that were gifts from Cixi, the Empress of China. Take a seat in the Wishing Chair, said to bring good luck. You can use both indoor and outdoor observation decks; visit on a clear day for the best views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding mountain ranges. By using our New Orleans itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and other attractions in New Orleans.
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  • The best place to find the bayou in family, the rangers are very friendly. Children loved sought species for their badge of ranger junior. We saw alligators, spiders, dragonflies, frogs, turtles, snakes.
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  • The center on Decatur Street is actually more of a welcome center explaining the six sites that comprise Jean Lafitte Park. Barataria Preserve is just a few miles outside the city of New Orleans. So i...  more »

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