Friday, January 12, 2018 12:45 AM


From Bourbon Street to the South Pacific pull of Fiji, destinations abound for the tourist with a strong case of wanderlust. And those destinations include Chattanooga in the Top 25. 1. New Orleans: A one-of-a- kind U.S. city turns 300 There is no city in the world like New Orleans. Influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and indigenous peoples have made it the ultimate melting pot. And that diversity expresses itself in a multitude of ways that define New Orleans in the U.S. imagination: music, food, language and on and on. Although it's been a long recovery from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans isn't just back on its feet, it is as vibrant as ever - particularly impressive for a 300-year-old. In honor of its tricentennial, there are events scheduled throughout the year. Other planned developments include a $6 million makeover for Bourbon Street, streetcar service expansions and additions to the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City (including a new outdoor bar) and, in early 2019, the Sazerac House, a visitors center and cocktail museum. A burst of hotel openings and the city's always excellent and diverse restaurants (Compre Lapin, Marjie's Grill, DTB and other recently opened spots are celebrating that ...

News source: Times Free Press

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