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New Orleans City Trip

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NEW ORLEANS DAY 2: National World War II Museum, Voodoo Museum, Jackson Square and Preservation Hall

If you prefer to stay in town, visit the National World War II Museum, which has been expanded to include the Pacific theater, on Magazine Street. At the museum's Solomon Victory Theater, you can travel back in time via a high-tech, 4D film produced and narrated by Tom Hanks. “Beyond All Boundaries” encapsulates World War II in 35 minutes on a large wrap-around screen with special effects such as snow, wind, fog and shaking seats when tanks go into battle. Actors, including Brad Pitt and Tobey Maguire, read from news accounts, diaries and letters of soldiers and civilians from the war. After the total-sensory experience, head down the hall to the 1940s-themed American Sector Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, featuring homey but imaginative dishes representative of World War II-era America.

Just across the street from the World War II Museum is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, featuring both contemporary and late artists from the American South.

The National World War II Museum has had over two million visitors since its opening in 2000

After lunch, head back to the Vieux Carré and spend the afternoon shopping on Royal Street, a gorgeous, balcony-lined street where you'll find a vast array of antiques. At Dumaine Street peek into the Voodoo Museum, then cross the French Market to munch on a beignet with a café au lait at the famous Café du Monde. This landmark has been around since 1860 and never closes, making it one of the world's best roosts for late-night people-watching. Be sure to check out Fleur de Paris on Royal Street, the city's premiere European-style women's boutique, where European-trained milliners create hats as works of art right before your eyes.

Jackson Square gets its name from the statue of Andrew Jackson located in its center

For a dose of colonial history, visit the Cabildo, which is the flagship unit of the Louisiana State Museum system; the St. Louis Cathedral, which has stood since the 1700s; and Jackson Square, a historic park modeled on the Place des Vosges in Paris. Then move on to St. Peter Street and Preservation Hall to listen to some good old jazz, or check out Pat O'Brien's bar, and enjoy a Hurricane (rum with red passion fruit juice). Dine fantastically at Bayona, for contemporary Creole at its best; Mr. B’s, where locals almost always entertain their out-of-town guests for the most authentic New Orleans culinary experience; or Galatoire’s, the timeless embodiment of old New Orleans charm.

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* Images courtesy of the New Orleans official website


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