Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans

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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. A visit to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New Orleans trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • October 2, 2017
    loved the ranger talk here...you learn so much about New Orleans and Jean Lafitte who i might add should have his name wiped clean of the park..a terrible slave owner he was  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Just 30 minutes from the heart of downtown New Orleans, enjoy the swamps of Jean Lafitte. Take a canoe and travel through the waterways of this pristine park. See alligators, the blooming of the irise...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    A lot of tourist swamp tours are expensive and don't respect the preservation of the swamps. This one was free and respectful of nature. Highly recommend making use of these highly knowledgeable park ...  more »

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