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Visiting Greater New Orleans

New Orleans, one of America’s most festive and fun destinations, never slows down. Sports fans cheer on the MiLB New Orleans Zephyrs until the season end after Labor Day weekend. The sports focus switches from Zephyr Field to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as it lights up September 9th, for the first New Orleans Saints 2012 regular season home football game. The football action continues through December at the Superdone, meanwhile New Orleans Hornets basketball fans begin their trek to downtown's New Orleans Arena in November, for NBA basketball action. In addition, events and festivals abound showcasing Crescent City food, music and culture – a visit to NOLA is always exciting.

Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans fills with music October 12th through the 14th, at the 2012 Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival. A free festival, there are two music stages, Camp Street and St. Charles Avenue, along with the city’s best BBQ vendors and a large craft fair. Join this celebration of Southern blues with performers including Keb Mo, Miss Lavelle White and Clarence Carter. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival is a premier fall event.

Later in October, the Voodoo Music Experience takes over New Orleans City Park. The Halloween weekend celebration features Green Day, Jack White and The Avett Brothers, among the lineup. Held October 26th through 28th, the Voodoo Experience creates Le Ritual, Le Plur, Le Flambeau and Le Carnival areas, each featuring its own genre of music. New for 2012, is the Deja Voodoo music stage and carnival rides. Celebrate Halloween weekend like no other at City Park in NOLA.

For an authentic Louisiana food experience, mark November 18th on the calendar, for the 2012 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. Held at the intersection of Oak Street and South Carrollton, find po-boys with garlic shrimp, catfish, hot sausage, and pulled pork. Go for the traditional or the innovative, as you enjoy music from three stages, browse the artist exhibits and preserve the southern tradition of the po-boy.

For gaming fans, the New Orleans metro area is home to Boomtown Casino, located south of downtown in Harvey. Set along the Harvey Canal, Boomtown is less than 15-minutes from the city. Featuring slots, table games and a poker room, there is non-stop action. The Treasure Chest Casino on Lake Pontchartrain in Kenner, is another option for gamers visiting NOLA.

Chalmette, the hub of St. Bernard Parish east of downtown New Orleans, is a gateway to the San Bernardo Scenic Byway. Travel the San Bernardo Byway and explore the Isleno heritage of the region, as well as the Chalmette Battlefield at the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. Outdoor New Orleans is never far away. Birders be sure to travel America’s Wetland Birding Trails from Chalmette and further south from the city.

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9 Best Western Hotels
in Greater New Orleans

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    Chalmette

  • Best Western Northpark Inn

    Covington

  • Best Western Plus Westbank

    Harvey

  • Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel & Suites

    Metairie

  • Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

    New Orleans

  • Best Western Plus St. Charles Inn

    New Orleans

  • Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel

    New Orleans

  • Best Western Plus Slidell Inn

    Slidell

  • Best Western Bayou Inn

    Westwego

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