July 17, 2013

Some of the Best Tours in the American Southeast

New Orleans is, without a doubt, one of the most colorful cities in America. Its history is as rich and as vibrant as the people who call it home. If you have ever thought about taking a trip to this Creole hotspot, the time is now. Besides the awesome bourbon, the impeccable chefs, and Mardi Gras beads, there are many historical and natural attractions best seen by booking one of many available tours in New Orleans.

Indulge in History

For those who love cities and their rich histories, you really can’t go wrong with a city tour. Attractions you should be sure your tour will take you to include the French Quarter and the Garden District. The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans and features unique architecture that was inspired by the French, Spanish, and Americans. Many of its homes and buildings feature courtyards and wrought iron balconies that lend it a rich, artsy feel and offer enough privacy to also make it romantic. The Garden District is known, obviously, for its showy gardens and large, Greek revival-style mansions.

Commune with Nature

 If you are more interested in the natural beauty surrounding New Orleans, you may want to sign up for a tour that takes you out into the swampy areas around the city. Most tour companies have their own fleet of airboats and licensed captains and guides to show you around the area. More than likely, you will have an opportunity to visit the Barataria preserve. This beautiful area is 23,000 acres of bayous, marshes, and forests, and is home to over 200 species of birds. Other natives of the area include alligators, egrets, and bald eagles.

…Or the Spirits

Finally, if you have a love for the supernatural, you are in luck. New Orleans is home to many haunted spots, and none more spooky than the French Quarter. The history of the French Quarter includes tales of voodoo, vampires, killers, and a whole host of other supernatural and terrifying happenings. With such varied tours in New Orleans, it isn’t hard to find one or two that will make your imagination run wild and your heart skip a beat.

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