In cities all across America there seems to be alot of common elements that make it hard to call any particular city unique. New Orleans is one of the few places with its own identity. From its French architecture, to its transportaion system of trolleys, it has a whole different vibe.
The French Quarter of New Orleans has a unique flair with wrought iron balconies, aged brick facades, and colorful, painted shutters. Multi-colored creole cottages line the streets in the north part of the French Quarter. It is one of the few places in America where every night is a party. Down by the Mississippi River, you can explore the Riverwalk and take in views of paddleboats and the Mississippi River Bridge.
If your looking for a treasure to take home, shop the high-end antique shops on Royal Street. New Orleans is also an artist haven, and there is no shortage of colorful, whimsical artwork. If traveling with children, a great place to take them is the Aquarium of the Americas or IMAX theatre, located at the Riverwalk.
You can find free parking in the city by going into the Harrah's Casino garage and playing the slots there for just 30 minutes. You will need a player's membership card and validation. It is an easy walk from there to the Royal Street antique district or Bourbon Street.
This city provides ample opportunity for one to put on a few pounds with all the tasty food and beverages, so if you're looking for a good place to go for a run, you can do a loop near Tulane at Audubon Park. That's good for a few miles, but more can be added by running on a paved trail along the levy.