New Orleans, Louisiana

The home of Mardi Gras is a food, drink, and music lover’s dream. Drive straight to the French Quarter where vibrant music, eclectic tastes and bold drinks abound. Choose from several hotel options including the Hotel Modern (Arts District cool; complimentary drinks in the lobby upon check-in) or, for an intimate B&B experience, the beautiful, historic Edgar Degas House. Tempt your taste buds at The Court of Two Sisters, where the a la carte Creole dinner and the famed jazz brunch buffet offer amazing Gulf Coast fare. Take a walk down Bourbon Street and drink a hurricane if you dare, or try your luck at one of the downtown casinos like Harrah’s. Music is one of this city’s most famous exports, so stop by Tipitina’s to hear a sampling of the soulful locals. For the nature-lover’s daytime excursion, visit the Audubon Nature Institute, where you can meet penguins or watch alligators feed at the zoo’s national acclaimed Louisiana Swamp Exhibit