#15 best destination in the world

The Singing Oak (City Park)

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  • Wind chimes hung from a giant oak tree by artist Jim Hart, in City Park, New Orleans
  • The chimes are all tuned to playthe pentatonic scale, and reach a length of 14 feet

Marie Laveau’s Tomb

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  • In the 1800s, Marie Laveau was a Louisiana Creole practitioner of Voodoo, herbalist and midwife, who was renowned in New Orleans
  • Her daughter, Marie Laveau II, also practiced rootwork, conjure, Native American and African spiritualism as well as Louisiana Voodoo

Museum of Death

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  • Exhibits include body bags, coffins & skull collection, antique mortician apparatuses, Manson Family photos, crime & morgue scene photos, and artworks and letters from infamous serial murderers

Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House

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  • 200 years ago, general and future president Andrew Jackson met with Jean Lafitte, a pirate in the Gulf of Mexico, to work towards ending the War of 1812, against the British
  • This meeting took place at The Old Absinthe House, which at the time was an importing firm in the same location it is today
  • The interior of the building has the same brick walls, ornate wooden fixtures, and water-dripping fountains for serving absinthe

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

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  • Small museum, consisting of two rooms, it is one of few museums in the world dedicated entirely to Vodoo art
  • There is a voodoo priest on site giving readings

The National WWII Museum

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  • #8 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Military history museum that focuses on the contribution made by the United States to Allied victory in World War II
  • Founded in 2000
  • Designated by the U.S. Congress as America’s official National World War II Museum

Oakland Plantation (Natchitoches Parish)

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  • Historic plantation in Natchitoches Parish, founded as a forced-labor farm worked by enslaved Black people for White owners
  • One of the nation’s best and most intact examples of a French Creole cotton plantation complex
  • Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, and is now owned by the National Park Service

Tiger Stadium (LSU)

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  • Outdoor stadium in Baton Rouge, on the campus of Louisiana State University
  • Home stadium of the LSU Tigers football team
  • Tiger Stadium opened with a capacity of 12,000 in 1924
  • Renovations and expansions have brought the stadium’s current capacity to 102,321

USS Kidd (DD-661)

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  • Fletcher-class destroyer, and first ship of the United States Navy to be named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of his flagship USS Arizona during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Admiral Kidd was the first American admiral ever to be killed in action.
  • A National Historic Landmark, it is now a museum ship, on the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, and is the only surviving US destroyer still in its World War II configuration

Old Louisiana State Capitol

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  • Historic government building, and now a museum
  • It housed the Louisiana State Legislature from the mid-19th century until the current capitol tower building was constructed in 1929-32
  • It was built to both look like and function like a castle

Costs

Number of Days: 14 days

Best Time To Fly: Dec-Jan

Airline tickets: $335

Seattle -> New Orleans (round trip) = $335

Food: $45/day x 14 days = $630

Rental Car: $64/day x 7 days = $448

Gas: $12

Entertainment: $182

Airbnb: $211/day x 13 days = $2,743

TOTAL: $4,350