New Orleans, Louisiana

Beautiful, mysterious, resilient New Orleans casts an intoxicating spell that lingers with you long after you've left. This southern gumbo of a city entices you with a blend of cultures, inspirational food, and phenomenal music. Laissez le bontemps roulez - let the good times roll.

The French Quarter is a ten-minute walk from the Convention Center. Café du Monde in the French Market provides legendary chicory café au lait and beignets. EAT New Orleans on Dumaine Street offers fried green tomato remoulade, crawfish boullettes, and blackened catfish. And give the shrimp and alligator cheesecake a try at Jacques-Imo's Café on Oak Street.

Take a walk through St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, opened in 1789. It houses the tomb of Marie Laveau, a free woman of color considered New Orleans' most powerful Voodoo queen of the 1800s. Discover the 19th century mansions of the lush Garden District. Audubon Park is a vision of towering trees draped with Spanish moss, the scent of wild flowers in the air.

The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen Street is a fantastic jazz scene - check out the Frenchmen Art Market next door. Join the springtime pilgrimage to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The annual Soul Fest serves rhythm & blues and gospel, plus alligator kabobs and sweet potato pies.