View image of Most visitors begin exploring the French Quarter, also known as Vieux CarrÃ©, the original city as planned by the French in the early 18th Century. Here lies the infamous Bourbon Street, but of more interest is an elegantly-aged grid of shop fronts, iron lamps and courtyard gardens. This is New Orleans at its most accessible, with great restaurants, chaos-inducing bars and quaint antique shops. (Jon Davison/LPI) (Credit: Jon Davison/LPI)
This heart of this southern city is its neighbourhoods. Get stuck on the side streets and laze in the shade of magnolias to feel what it means to live in - and love - New Orleans.
For those who want more than the must-see highlights, off-the-beaten-track ideas include floating rice markets and wild elephant spotting.