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Visiting Greater New Orleans

Save the date for the Big Easy. You won’t be beating the heat this summer in New Orleans, but you will explore the food, music, and attractions of the Crescent City. Visitors to the largest city in Louisiana may stroll through the French Quarter and Jackson Square, pick out gifts at the French Market, or sign up for ghost tours through the dark streets of downtown New Orleans. With constant exposure to the fiery jazz and incredible food of area restaurants and cafés, you won’t want to leave the Big Easy behind this summer.

You don’t have to wait for October for a spooky time in Crescent City. Sign up for an eerie, afterhours stroll through the French Quarter. New Orleans Ghosts Tours depart nightly at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. from Rev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop on St. Peter Street – a great shop within walking distance of the Best Western hotel in downtown New Orleans. For two hours, your guide will inform you of the documented hauntings throughout the French Quarter – everything from spirits to witchcraft, voodoo to vampires. Don’t forget to bring your camera; you just might catch someone – or something – in the act.

New Orleans is known for amazing festivals, and this summer is no exception. Catch the 2011 Satchmo SummerFest in early August at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint – yet another attraction of the French Quarter. Get an earful of traditional and contemporary jazz throughout the celebration, or partake in lectures, workshops and seminars inspired by the legendary Louis Armstrong. Speaking of, don’t miss the birthday party for the man himself, complete with plates from Red Bean Alley – a gathering of New Orleans restaurants serving up Armstrong’s favorite dishes. This is as New Orleans as it gets, so don’t miss the Satchmo SummerFest in the French Quarter.

Of course, some genuine New Orleans cuisine is in order during your summer trip. Get ready for delectable creole cuisine, enjoyed throughout the Big Easy thanks to a number of local eateries. Try Brigsten’s Restaurant in the beautiful Garden District of uptown New Orleans for their Filé Gumbo with Rabbit & Andouille Sausage soup, or the Brigtsen's Seafood Platter – consisting of drum fish, baked oyster Bienville, and shrimp cornbread. For a delicious dinner set along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ business district, try the Luke Restaurant for their Shrimp Farci, or the jumbo Louisiana shrimp “en cocotte.” Get to know the restaurant scene of Crescent City, because you can’t go wrong with any menu in New Orleans.

With Best Western hotels in New Orleans throughout Metairie, Harvey and up to Covington, we make your summer trip to the Big Easy just that – easy.

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