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posted on December 01, 2016

From Bourbon Street to the French Quarter, New Orleans is packed with rich, interesting history. There are stories of witches, both good and bad, there are jazz-playing ax murders and so much more. To go along with these amazing histories there are equally historic sights to see. There are many structures in New Orleans that are originals or refurbished. If this all sounds interesting to you, then you are in luck because coming up in the beginning of next year we have tours stopping in New Orleans. If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. Here are the top 5 historical must-see attractions in New Orleans.    

Chalmette Battlefield

Learn more about the 1815 Battle of New Orleans that took place on this spot. While you are there, tour the National Cemetery and hear stories, from your experienced guide, about the thousands that are buried there.

Lafayette Cemetery

Located in the Garden District, this historical gem is a necropolis or a city of the dead. This is called a city of the dead because the tombs of this historical cemetery are raised above the ground. This allows the living relatives of its residence to walk among the dead. This is a common theme with New Orleans cemeteries and Layfette is not the only one you can visit and tour.

The Street Cars

The Street Cars of New Orleans have been around for more than 150 years and are a great way to experience the city. Sitting back in the street car, you can tour the city while getting off of your feet for a little while. There are three lines that you can take: the St. Charles Line, the Canal Street Line, and the Riverfront Line.


Jackson Square

 

This square was originally known, in 1721, as Place d’Armes, but was later renamed for the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson. In the square, you can witness the beautiful statue of Andrew Jackson on his rearing horse. This square is in the heart of the French Quarter which is the hub of the nightlife in New Orleans. You can also witness some historical architecture that surrounds the square.


St Louis Cathedral

Speaking of historical architecture, we have the Saint Louis Cathedral. This magnificent building has overlooked Jackson Square since 1727 and is one of the most notable buildings in New Orleans. It is said that the architect of the building, Adrien De Pauger, was buried in the unfished structure of the church in 1726 when he passed away. You can take tours and even go to mass inside the cathedral.


This city has so much to offer, you will want to return again and again. Remember to book quickly, January may seem far away, but already our tours are booking up for next year. Call or book online and experience the wonders of America and Canada by rail.

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