|By Robert Yarnall Richie SMU Central University Libraries [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
In New Orleans you'll find the roots of jazz and a blossoming culture that has been long described as being unlike anything else in the United States. Founded in the early 1700's, New Orleans is one the nation's oldest cities and has an atmosphere rich with a mix of French sophistication, Creole, African-American, Caribbean, Irish, Haitian, German, and Vietnamese, all creating an energy that can be described as something greater than the sum of its parts. Though hit hard by Katrina, "NOLA" remains the largest city in Louisiana and one of the top tourist destinations in the United States.
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