Marching in with the Saints
Still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, all of New Orleans — if not the entire U.S. — let the good times roll in February when the Saints claimed their first Super Bowl title. Now combating the Gulf oil spill, the Crescent City turns for hope once again to quarterback Drew Brees and a host of other young players who are just reaching their prime.
If you go ...
Join the food-filled fun this football season as N’awlins restaurants and bars such as Brennan's, Café du Monde, Ralph's on the Park, and Lil' Dizzy's serve up po’boys, beignets, gumbo and even those famous, liquor-laden “hurricanes.” Sip absinthe on a French Quarter cocktail tour, or, for a different look at “spirits,” take a ghost tour or a visit to one of the many historic cemeteries, such as Metairie, where jazz great Louis Prima is buried.
Enjoy music as much as football? Catch authentic jazz and other live music at such clubs as Le Chat Noir and Ray's Boom Boom Room, and don't miss the world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band. For a slightly more ... romantic performance, enjoy the sultry acts of the annual Burlesque Festival.
For offbeat fun, visit Midas, the 250-pound, Katrina-surviving sea turtle at the Aquarium of the Americas. Stroll through museums dedicated to voodoo, wax, and cocktails, browse the Julia Street art galleries, or take a jog beneath City Park's towering oaks laced with Spanish moss. Just outside the city, spot alligators, herons and Cajun culture on a swamp tour, or wander the Tara-esque Greek Revival grounds of Oak Alley Plantation.