Clarion Inn & Suites
1300 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 299-9900
Fax: (504) 299-1737
Built in 1927 by Julian Saenger for an unheard of USD2.5 million, the Saenger Theare has weathered through years in the Crescent City until Hurricane Katrina hit. Sustaining major damage, the theater went through a USD53 million renovation in 2011. Reopening its doors in 2013, the theater has revitalized Canal Street and welcomed artists and Broadway shows like John Legend and Mama Mia. The interiors mimic a 15th century Italian courtyard with columns, decorative moldings and twinkling starlit ceiling.
If you head just north of the historic French Quarter, you will find this spectacular example of late Victorian architecture at its best. Our Lady of Gaudalupe Catholic Church was founded in 1826, making her the oldest church in New Orleans. She contains many antiques that date back to the year of her birth in the 1800s. Tours are conducted by appointment. Admission is free.
City Hall: where all the legislative decisions for the New Orleans Parish get made. With plans to eventually move this government body to another location, City Hall remains in the Central Business District for now.
Well known as the oldest skyscraper in the city, and located at the Central Business District, the Hennen Building is also popularly known as the Maritime Building. This beautiful structure stands 11 stories tall, and houses mostly apartments. The architecture is stunning and reflects the latter half of the 19th Century in it's appearance.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park is a lovely outdoor space that is dedicated to creating awareness about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the city of New Orleans. A pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, the space offers visitors a tranquil oasis with interesting exhibits that chronicle the various influences that have shaped the culture of this vibrant city. Entrance to the park is free, and live musical performances are par course. Grab a table and some beignets from the Cafe, or simply settle down and enjoy a musical extravaganza in this beautiful outdoor setting at the heart of the French Quarter.
One of the oldest cities in the United States, New Orleans is the prime seat of diverse culture and heritage. New Orleans gets its name from Philippe II, Duc d'Orléans and is credited as the birthplace of Jazz music. This city has a rich cultural heritage, one which can be witnessed in the numerous museums like New Orleans Museum Of Art, architecture, festivals and the general aura that the city emanates. One could also head to the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, or participate in Jazz Fests and other activities.
Hermann-Grima House is a historic home of a prosperous Creole family who enjoyed an exquisitely elegant lifestyle. Built in 1831, this beautiful Federal mansion has a rear gallery that overlooks a beautiful courtyard. The huge central hall and gracefully curved staircases give you the feel of the bygone Golden age of New Orleans. Original beds, antique furniture and other items displayed lets you take a peep into the daily life of American Creole families before the Civil war. Restored to its original splendor fastidiously, the huge mansion showcases American architecture of 1800s. Tours are conducted Monday to Friday at 10 am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Seating 87,500, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is one of the largest stadiums in the country. The dome is home to the New Orleans Saints football team and the Tulane University Green Wave. This stadium also hosts conventions, exhibits, concerts, and the occasional Super Bowl game.
Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, has been around since the 1700's when it was originally known as the "Place d'Armes." The center of the park showcases a large statue of Andrew Jackson. The square is surrounded by historic buildings including the St. Louis Cathedral, which is a minor Basilica. The square was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Royal Street is one of the oldest streets in the city, well known for its businesses, that deal in antiques and artwork from all over the world. This impressive street is surrounded by French and Spanish colonial architecture on all sides and emanates a distinct old-worldly look. The shops dotting this street are filled with consumers having an eye for quality, authenticity and detail. The quality of merchandise is unmatched and sometimes, just talking to the shop owners can be an educative experience. Make this street your next shopping destination for all that is antique and unique.
Louis Armstrong Park made of grassy knolls and lagoons is named after world-famous musician and native son, Louis Armstrong. His statue, by Elizabeth Cartlett, is near the brightly lit entrance on the outer boundary of the French Quarter. Ironically, Armstrong was not allowed to play in the now well-known clubs during his career. Other landmarks including Congo Square and the Morris F.X. Jeff Municipal Auditorium surround the park.
Lafayette Square is a public park that welcomes one and all. Designed by Charles Laveau Trudeau, it is renowned for the marvelous art work and sculptures installed here, such as statues of Henry Clay and Benjamin Franklin. Owing to its proximity to the government offices like USGSA Public Building Services, US Appeals Court, National Labor Relations and Federal Reserve Bank, it is packed with office workers during lunchtime. Lafayette Square also hosts concerts on a regularly that includes the popular Wednesday at the Square and Harvest the Music concert series.