Five New Orleans Must-Sees

The City of New Orleans is a sight to behold. The rich culture, long history and stunning night life attracts visitors from all over the world.
Only spending the week-end? Here are the 5 things you can’t miss.

New Orleans. lonelyplanet.com

 

1) The Garden District

Garden District. Huffingtonpost.com

A tour of the Garden District showcases architecture of every era of the city from the 1500s through modern times. Several stories recounting accomplishments of the times are shared. For instance, the top floor of this house was the only story of a one-story house. The owners wanted to make their home as opulent as their neighbors so they raised the home and added on underneath it. This was in the late 1800s, without today’s machinery and conveniences.

2) Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street. thetravellingonline.com

Part of the French Quarter, Bourbon Street is well-deserving of its party reputation. During the day, it is relatively quiet but comes alive at night with streets blocked off and open containers permitted. With a live band in every other bar, flanked by five star restaurants of authentic flair, and street performers attracting crowds, Bourbon Street is loud, bright and purely unrivaled fun.

French Quarter. jetlaggedcontinuum.wordpress.com

3) The French Quarter

The rest of the 78-square block area of the French Quarter is filled with unique features and haunts. City law states the French Quarter must be historically accurate. If the building was built in 1765, then only colors used in 1765 can be used in re-painting as well as duplicating materials and designs of the time period.

4) The Riverwalk

The Riverwalk. americabyrail.com

The Riverwalk began life as a port to unload ships. As shipping containers were used more and more, the city tore the wharfs down and developed it as an upscale mall for tourists, with scenic walkways and a park atmosphere. After damage from a freightliner crash in 1996 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it has slowly built itself back up and in 2014, the mall rechristened itself The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, the first downtown outlet center in the United States.

5) Jackson Square

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Jackson Square is a historic park near downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. In 2012 the American Planning Association designated Jackson Square as a one of America’s Great Public Spaces. It features a statue of the hero of the Battle of New Orleans and future president Andrew Jackson, as well as the St. Louis Cathedral, the old city hall and a museum.

And don’t forget the crawfish…

Post by Nathalie Baudet

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The 5 Wonders of Wisconsin

If you’re travelling this holiday season, why not try a amazing yet surprisingly tourist free state of Wisconsin?

Wisconsin. travelwisconsin.com

 

Check out these 5 wonders the Badger State has to offer.

1. Door County.

Door County - huffingtonpost.com

Door County – huffingtonpost.com

The “thumb” on the State of Wisconsin has more than 300 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and five state parks. For those who enjoy the outdoors, quaint small towns and history, Door County is a sparkling jewel. You can stay in a small bed and breakfast or a luxury resort. Tour lighthouses, cherry orchards and unique communities. Even in winter, Door County attracts tens of thousands of visitors for snowmobiling, ice fishing, charity events, live music, winter festivals and much more.

 

 

2. Madison

Madison. Chess.com

Madison. Chess.com

The capital of the state has something for everyone. Fine dining and culture mingle in its austere downtown area with the fun and fancy of a good party on State Street. The outlying areas feature sculpted parks, zoos, playgrounds and other attractions. The Olbrich Botanical Gardens are world-renowned, the University of Wisconsin – Madison boasts powerful sports teams and a premier medical research and provision program and the Dane County Farmer’s Market offers the best produce and garden plants in the state. There is always something to do in Madtown no matter your age or interests.

3. Ice Caves

Ice Caves. voices.suntimes.com

The sea caves of spring and summer became fantastic ice caves in the winter. During the warmer months, the sea caves can only be explored by kayak on calm days but by February, an ice bridge make it possible to walk out and examine the magnificent formations that change day to day and from chamber to chamber.

 

 

4. Wisconsin Dells

Wisonsin Dells. countrytimegazette.com

 

Wisconsin Dells is considered “The Waterpark Capital of the World” and for good reason. With dozens of indoor and outdoor waterparks, theme parks, museums, attractions, stores and restaurants, it is like a giant carnival that never sleeps. It features the world’s longest water roller coaster, the world’s largest bowl ride and the only water slide in the country that loops with speeds up to 40 mph.

 

 

5. House on the Rocks

House on the Rocks by  John Kroll

The House on the Rock is in Spring Green and is an architectural marvel. As the pet project of Alex Jordan, he began construction of the house in the 1940s of chimney of rock. He filled it with eclectic, unlikely and quirky artful collections, selecting just those pieces that he felt a strong affinity for, with no rhyme or reason.  The most impressive room is the Infinity Room, jutting out 200 feet over and into the valley below.  It has 3,264 windows and from November to early January, more than 6000 Santa Clauses grace the premises.

 

And let’s not forget about the Green Bay Packers…

 

 

 

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