New Orleans and the Great River Road
Collected by Annette Baesel , AFAR Local Expert
726 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Preservation Hall is the best spot in the French Quarter for live jazz. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will take you back to the early 20th century with some of the hottest jazz you ever did hear. A must-see when you're in N'awlins.
1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has some beautifully done exhibits, but the most exciting was the stingray touch pool. At certain times of the day you are allowed to touch the stingrays. (They feel like salamanders!) If you pay a small fee,...
800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Café du Monde is a classic tourist destination that serves top quality food, a combination that's rare in any city. Even if you normally avoid tourist destinations, make an exception for this place. Don't be put off by the long lines and crowded...
3322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
The Garden District has a lot of things going for it but I'd put Slim Goodies at the top of the list. They're renowned for their sweet potato pancakes (light, fluffy, amazing) and clever names for their breakfast mashups like the above Jewish...
Morgan City, LA 70380, USA
While exploring Morgan City my cousin took me to Front St inside the levee of the Atchafalaya River. The dock was lined with fishing boats carrying a few day's pull. Even if you're planning on savoring your meal in a restaurant instead of cooking...
112 Main St, Patterson, LA 70392, USA
Cajun Jack's Swamp Tours are known the world over as a great way to see the bayou and it's wildlife. They're also a great way to meet the last of a dying breed of Americans: Cajun folks still living on the backwaters of the Atchafalaya River Basin...
Rodney Rd, Port Gibson, MS 39150, USA
Once a mansion owned by a young wealthy man whose life ended just weeks after its completion, this antebellum Greek Revival style beauty has been on my last-minute-to-do stops before I move from the Delta region. It's hard to believe that what was...
1107 Washington St, Vicksburg, MS 39183, USA
Touted as the first place Coca-Cola was first bottled (1894), this small yet interesting museum is worth a visit if you just happen to be in Vicksburg, Mississippi. While not nearly the size of the museum in Atlanta, there is an old soda fountain...
299 W Sunflower Rd, Cleveland, MS 38732, USA
Once upon a time workers came and went, collaborating with one another, learning musical trends, all while part of this cotton plantation. Dockery Farms was once a small town of sorts, having its own currency, store, train stop, and this old gas...
444 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38105, USA
It's not the most efficient mode of public transportation used by locals, but when Downtown Memphis residents, workers and visitors want to move around the city's core, they often board the Main Street Trolley. The Memphis Area Transit Authority's...
118 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
The impressive lobby of the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis is a great place to relax and wind down with a cocktail. If you shift your eye for a moment, away from the Peabody ducks by the beautiful art deco fountain, you may catch an occasional...
1 Commissary Cir, Clarksdale, MS 38614, USA
The Shack Up Inn developed over the past 15 years on the Hopson Plantation in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, the cradle of Blues music. Located just 3 miles east of Clarksdale, MS, there are over 30 “units” sprawled in a ramshackle fashion...
Avery Island, LA 70560, USA
Where can you find an island rising above a wetland marsh that provides for thousands of snowy egrets nesting on man-made stilt platforms and a historic factory producing over 700,000 bottles of a fire-hot red sauce a day? Only one place in world,...
2595 TN-21, Tiptonville, TN 38079, USA
During the winter of 1812 a number of severe earthquakes rattled the New Madrid fault, turning nearby swampland into the the largest natural lake in Tennessee, Reelfoot Lake. The nutrient rich lake supports an incredible amount of life, from algae...
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