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New Orleans Ranked 4th Best City by Travel + Leisure

There’s plenty to love about New Orleans. Whether sipping on go-cups and strolling down Frenchmen Street, marveling at the architecture in Garden District and the flora in City Park, snacking on meals from NOLA’s many James Beard victors, or exploring the city’s many museums, shops, and music venues, there’s culture to experience every step you take. Though the city may be in a lull between festival season and all the fall fun around the corner, that doesn’t stop NOLA from being one of the best destinations in the country.


According to the 22nd Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, New Orleans is the number four city in the United States for 2017. In the awards, based on the magazine’s readers’ survey, NOLA was beat out only by Charleston, South Carolina (in first place); Sante Fe, New Mexico; and Savannah, Georgia.


The magazine declared New Orleans “our country’s reigning capital when it comes to celebrating,” name-dropping French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, Tales of the Cocktail, and Mardi Gras as can’t-miss events.


“If you don’t like to eat, dance, or listen to the best homegrown music in America, well then, I guess New Orleans isn’t for you,” one reader told the magazine.


NOLA is no stranger to Travel + Leisure love. In 2012, New Orleans topped the magazine’s annual awards, while just last year the city took the number two spot. The readers’ survey also includes lists for the best cities across the world, the best hotels, airports, cruise lines, islands, and tours. New Orleans’ own Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery ranked #13 in the list of best city hotels in the United States.

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