New Orleans, Louisiana

Back in New Orleans, tantalize your tastebuds with the mouth-watering beignets and café au laits at one of the eight locations of Café Du Monde. Schedule a cruise aboard the Creole Queen or one of the vessels of the New Orleans Steamboat Company. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a great stop for families. Big, beautiful Lake Pontchartrain—and its surrounding water channels--are a fisherman’s dream, so whether it’s freshwater or saltwater fishing, charter a boat and start casting. If you miss Mardi Gras (Feb 13-18), the French Quarter Festival (April 11-13) showcases some of the area’s best musicians and culinary artists while early May’s Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrates the indigenous music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.  Don’t leave town without dining at Commander’s Palace, the ultimate stop for Creole cooking and an award-winning wine list.  For more Cajun cooking, stop in at the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans, Tujague’s, where the monthly tasting menu -- a 4-course, fixe-prix menu -- showcases seasonal flavors.