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Curated Crescent City itineraries for history buffs, sports fans and music lovers.
The crumbling walls at the (1) Napoleon House reflect its old age. Built in the early 19th century, it was offered as safe haven for the emperor once he came out of exile, though it never happened. Instead it became a fabled restaurant and bar, known for its warm muffulettas and icy Pimm’s Cups. With its numerous French Quarter properties, free exhibits and hundreds of rare holdings, the (2) Historic New Orleans Collection is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Crescent City’s 300-year backstory. (3) Antoine’s has been the standard bearer of local culinary traditions for 176 years. The nation’s longest-operating, family-run restaurant has fed everyone from Calvin Coolidge to Whoopi Goldberg with such signature dishes as oysters Rockefeller, which was invented there.
The (1) Mercedes Benz-Superdome, the world’s largest steel-constructed stadium unobstructed by posts, clocks in at 13 acres and 27 stories. The National Historic Landmark has hosted seven Super Bowls, five Men’s Final Fours, four BCS National Championships, the Pro Bowl and 41 Sugar Bowls, along with the legendary Ali-Spinks “September to Remember” bout. On the opposite side of the Dome is the (2) Smoothie King Center, the New Orleans Pelicans’ roost, where two NBA All-Star games have played out and another takes place Feb. 19. Where to celebrate after the game? Even if you’re not a sports buff, you’ll still stumble upon a good time along (3) Bourbon Street. Just remember, it’s not whether you win or lose … but how you handle your Hurricanes.
The aptly named, oft-overlooked (1) New Orleans Musical Legends Park features life-size depictions of Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and other local greats, with free live jazz performed throughout the day. Want to hear more? Toss a few coins in the fountain to benefit the music education of French Quarter elementary students. Or swing by (2) Louisiana Music Factory, which claims the world’s largest selection of New Orleans recordings, and rummage the racks while catching a live, in-store performance. In a city of memorable moments, a night at the (3) Maple Leaf Bar is one you won’t soon forget. Tuesdays are the big to-do, with the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band taking the stage at 11 pm and playing way into the wee hours.