New Orleans, Louisiana Top 10 Attractions

St Louis Cathedral

6: St Louis Cathedral

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Address: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

This cathedral is one of the oldest in the United States and for this reason has some interesting history behind its stunning exterior. It was officially named the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, and had its first version built in 1718. However, there were three more reconstructions, the final expansion and rebuilding happening in 1850. If you're up for the adventure, take a tour and learn about how the cathedral is supposedly haunted by Pere Antoine, a priest who was buried with the church, as well as Pere Dagobert, a monk whose voice is said to be heard on rainy days.

Frenchmen Street

7: Frenchmen Street

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Address: Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA

The most famous section of this street consists of three short blocks that pack in a lot of action of the musical variety. Who doesn't enjoy live music while out to eat or out for the evening? This street is where you'll find all of the best live music venues and bands. Spend your day looking through the bookstores, admiring the Creole style Townhouses, and enjoying some coffee shops. Then enjoy dinner and music at one or more of the popular venues on the street, including The Spotted Cat, The Maison, Blue Nile, and Bamboula's.

National WWII Museum

8: National WWII Museum

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Address: 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Head to New Orleans' Central Business District for a look into the United States' contributions to the Allies and eventual victory in World War II, as well as the battle of Normandy. This museum prides itself in providing an emphasis on the American experience during this war and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, so you can be sure that you'll leave educated and satisfied with your experience at the museum.

Historic New Orleans Collection

9: Historic New Orleans Collection

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Address: 533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Here's your chance to experience and understand the history and culture of the city of New Orleans! The center is dedicated to the preservation and research of New Orleans and general Southern Gulf culture and history, and is located in the French Quarter. Archives include the Sugar Bowl, life after Hurricane Katrina, the William Russel Jazz Collection, and the William C. Cook War of 1812 in the South Collection.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

10: Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

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Address: 423 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Getting lost here would not be a bad thing in the least- with over 50 live exhibits, you can wander for a few hours and continually feel entertained. The Underground Gallery gives visitors a "bug's eye view" of what it's like to live in an insect's world. It has gigantic animatronic insects and an oversized exhibit, giving you the feeling of being 1000th of the size you really are. The Butterfly Garden is what partially gives the Insectarium its name, and is filled with hundreds of live butterflies so you can interact with them.

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