You haven't seen New Orleans if you haven't visited the Garden District. It is more of a must-see than Bourbon Street. If you don't like architecture, if you complain about anything that is 'old', than do not waste your time. Most of these homes are well-built and have survived many hurricanes. New Orleanians build things that last. Wonderful live oaks cool the sidewalks but their roots make those sidewalks curvy and hilly. Wear good walking shoes and watch your step. Enjoy the plants and yards. I like to take the St Charles streetcar one way, then, meander 4 blocks to Magazine Street where you can take the bus in the opposite direction or vice versa. Some streets are quiet and sleepy. Magazine Street is great for shopping and eating. Do not rush and you will enjoy the Garden District more. I would allot more than one day. I used to live there and rarely took the same route twice. Leave your car behind for the Garden District is better seen on foot. Besides beautiful houses, there are many delicious eateries, interesting bars, antique shops and book stores.
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