New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.
The city is named after Orléans, a city located on the Loire River in Centre, France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in America.
Public Transport – The Regional Transit Authority runs the local bus service. The RTA also operates three streetcar lines. The historic St Charles streetcar is still running only a short loop in the CBD due to hurricane damage to the Uptown tracks. The Canal streetcar makes a long journey up Canal St to City Park, with a spur on Carrollton Ave. The Riverfront line runs 2 miles along the levee from the Old US Mint, past Canal St, to the upriver convention center and back.
Car & motorcycle – Bringing a car to downtown New Orleans is a costly proposition and may actually hinder your visit, dealing with the narrow one-way streets and parking. During the daytime, downtown street parking has a two-hour limit.