DList Magazine Summer "Nightlife" Issue 2015 - Page 52

NOLA New Orleans is referred as the "most unique" city in the United States. Named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV, the city was established by French colonists and then ceded to the Spanish empire, which is the influence behind the European and Creole culture. After the Haitian Revolution ended thousands of refugees from the revolution, both whites and free people of color, arrived in New Orleans, introducing Voodoo and cajan cuisine that intrigues tourists from all over. Besides being known as the birthplace of jazz music, the annual Mardi Gras celebration, it is also famed for Bourbon Street, a central spot for multiple bars and nightclubs. Learn a little about NOLA here before planning your next trip. Written by Lauren Adam TRAVEL TIPS Travel Time (from Seattle): Plane: 4 hours 50 minutes Train: 19 hours 27 minutes Automobile: 38 hours If you plan accordingly, tickets can be as low as $250 round trip. That said, the festivities are plentiful and airfare will spike around Mardi Gras in February and March. Festivals like French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest in April, or Voodoo Fest in November might also cause higher prices. If your wallet allows, these yearly events are worth doling out the extra dough. When you arrive, head straight for a drive-thru daiquiri shop like New Orleans Original Daiquiris (various locations) and get the party started. GETTING AROUND New Orleans runs on its own time. The bus l