New Orleans, or as many know it, "The Big Easy", is one of the most vibrant cities in America. It's a city alive with cajun cooking, blues and jazz music, Creole culture, non-stop nightlife, incredible architecture, seamless integration with nature and much more. The city welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year for Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, causing catostrophic damage, the city has been rebuilt and revitalized. Tourism has bounced back, the New Orleans Saints delivered a Super Bowl win to the city, the population has rebounded from under 200,000 after Katrina to more than 375,000 currently and the city is regularly listed as one of America's best cities
SAHM's hotel, the New Orleans Marriott, is located in the city's oldest and most popular neighborhood, the French Quarter. Many of the buildings date back to the 18th century, before the land was purchased by the United States, and boast multiple stories of elaborate balconies.
The French Quarter is also where you will find Bourbon Street, buzzing at any time of night with open-container laws. Stop by Jackson Square to take a few pictures in front of St. Louis Cathedral, then stroll along Canal Street which runs along the winding Mississippi River, which bisects the city. Finally, stop in to Cafe Du Monde for a world famous beignet or cafe au lait.
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