This ain't your forefather's history: New Orleans is chock full of colorful (to say the least) stories, culture, and music originating way before Lou'siana joined the union.
- Real Mardi Gras celebrations last for a week or so, but at Mardi Gras World they never stop. Take a tour and get a picture next to the 15-foot Cleopatra.
- Sounds like a sports car, tastes like a sandwich. Pop into the historic Napoleon House for a quintessential New Orleans Muffuletta with ham, salami, pastrami, cheese, and olive salad.
- His work may be a touch cryptic, but luckily William Faulkner's namesake bookstore, Faulkner House Books, is easier to navigate. Peruse tomes where he once rented a room.