#13 best destination in the world

 

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

 

Frenchmen Street

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  • Neighborhood in New Orleans home to some of the city’s popular live music venues

 

Jackson Square (New Orleans)

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  • Historic park in the French Quarter
  • Site where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory with the Louisiana Purchase

 

RTA Street Cars

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  • Oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, as it has been in operation since 1835

 

French Quarter

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  • New Orleans’s historic heart, famous for its vibrant nightlife and colorful buildings with cast-iron balconies
  • Bourbon Street features jazz clubs, Cajun eateries and bars serving potent cocktails
  • The neighborhood also exhibits The French Market, with gourmet food and local crafts, and Jackson Square where street performers entertain in front of St. Louis Cathedral

 

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 Vodou art
  • There is a voodoo priest on site giving readings

 

Abandoned Jazzland

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  • In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, destroying the region and leaving behind an abandoned, dystopian landscape
  • At one point water rose to 6 feet high across the park
  • The Six Flags corporation deemed it too expensive to restore and thus slated for demolition
  • It is illegal to enter the park, only look at it from the outside

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Our Sacred Stories Cemetery and Walking Tours

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  • One hour tour about the cultural history of burial traditions and superstitions
  • Discusses Voodoo history, how it arrives in New Orleans, and why it continues today

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 13 days

Best Time To Fly: Dec-Jan

Airline tickets: $527

Seattle -> New Orleans (round trip) = $527

Food: $51/day x 13 days = $663

Rental Car: $40 x 1 days = $40

Bus/streetcar pass: $45

Gas: $2

Entertainment: $84

Airbnb: $278 x 12 days = $3,346

TOTAL: $4,707