New Orleans is a singularly unique destination, rife with the charm and atmosphere of an old, European city. Shaded by centuries-old oak trees, the streets of New Orleans are lined with Creole cottages, cast-iron balconies, and Spanish townhomes in rainbows of color. A stroll through the city is a true, sensory experience—you will hear live music spilling into the streets and enjoy the scents of Cajun spices wafting from cafés.
To help sort through the abundance of options New Orleans has to offer, AAPM&R has created a custom site for Annual Assembly attendees to help plan your stay. You can find tours, dining options, maps, coupons, and discounts at www.neworleanscvb.com/aapmr all in one stop!
Below is just a sampling of the ways to enjoy your time in New Orleans:
- Made famous by Tennessee Williams’, A Streetcar Named Desire, hop on a New Orleans streetcar to explore the city and riverfront.
- Discover why New Orleans is known as America’s Most Haunted City, and join one of the city’s many ghost or cemetery tours.
- Board the Steamboat Natchez for a paddlewheel ride down the Mississippi River.
- Stop in one of the city’s many Greek Revival mansions or Creole cottages to admire the beautiful architecture, courtyards, and gardens.
- New Orleans was rated one of the “World’s Friendliest Cities” by Travel + Leisure!
- The average temperature in October is 70°F!
- It’s pronounced New Or-luns, not New Or-leans.
- New Orleans has the highest number of historic districts. According to the National Register, New Orleans has no less than 20 historic districts, more than other cities in the U.S.
- New Orleans is home to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the longest continuous bridge in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
- If there is one thing New Orleans is famous for, that is certainly the Creole Cuisine. Jambalaya and King Cake for everyone!
- New Orleans is the place where jazz was born, along with 2 other music genres– rock and roll and blues.
- New Orleans is famous for their signature sweet beignets. They are made from deep-fried dough sprinkled with sugar.
- At more than 150 years old, New Orleans City Park is one of the country's oldest and most beautiful urban parks. The park encompasses 1,300 acres, including miles of walking, jogging, and biking trails, outdoor exercise equipment, and more.
- The now-famous Hurricane drink was created at Pat O’Brien’s Bar in the 1940s.
- Hear a reference to Satchmo? That’s Louis Armstrong—famous New Orleans jazz trumpeter.
- Poker and craps were both invented in New Orleans.
- The city has a ton of famous residents. Sandra Bullock, Solange Knowles, John Goodman, and Brad Pitt all have houses in New Orleans (to name a few).