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Garden District - New Orleans

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The Garden District of New Orleans is as old as the city itself. In 1832 the first homes were built in what is now known as the Garden district. Boundaries of the district are St. Charles Avenue to Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. Wealthy American’s hoped to separate themselves from their European neighbors by purchasing large lots and building homes in the Greek and Victorian styles in the early 19th century. Because of their large lot sizes gorgeous gardens had room to grow and be cultivated, thus giving the neighborhood its name. The best way to see and experience the gardens is by foot. Sidewalks lined with willow trees and large oaks offer a shaded pathway that runs horizontally to the district. If at any time you tire a trolley runs adjacent to the district and all you have to do is hop aboard and check out the sites from a far.

Of course, there is more to see in the Garden district than opulent mansions and luscious gardens. The intersection of Prytania Street and Washington Avenue offers tourists a chance to dine at one of the oldest and most prestigious restaurants in the country. Commanders Palace opened in 1880 and is still considered a landmark for the city. Menu items run from turtle soup to filet mignon, with an item to please any palate. This section of the district is also home to a male only barber shop whose owner is Irish and serves pints of Guinness to all his customers.

If you wish to stay off the beaten path and avoid tourist activities, take a stroll through the mysterious and beautiful Lafayette cemetery. The cemetery was created in 1833 and holds the remains from civil war veterans and victims of yellow fever. The cemetery is home to above ground tombs as New Orleans sits below sea level. The cemetery is dedicated to musician Theodore Von LaHeche and is a great place to visit.

Elegance, opulence, and nostalgia are the elements that make up this gorgeous section of New Orleans, and no matter where you come from you can find something to enjoy in this unparalleled neighborhood. From shopping to haircuts to history, the Garden District is a must see in New Orleans.

Location: Garden District New Orleans