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New Orleans, Louisiana teeming with places to explore.

November 07, 2017

There are few cities that have the history, the atmosphere, and the hidden places New Orleans has within its boundaries. The city contains southern mansions and nineteenth century quarters, of which the French quarter is the most famous. Renting a bicycle or scooter is the best way to survey the city. You can take in all the sights, and travel places a car is unable. You can ride alongside the streetcars on Saint Charles Avenue, or ride up to St. Louis cemetery to see the gothic above ground crypts. There are also various bike trails around New Orleans. Fontainebleau State Park is lets you bike through a four-mile loop among the cypress trees and swamp land of New Orleans. You may see the occasional alligator sunning itself. The River Walk can be biked and lets you see the Mississippi up close while still being in the city.

If you want an even closer look at the Mississippi than the River Walk, rent a kayak or a paddleboard and get on the river itself. You can paddle the same famous waters that Mark Twain wrote about in Huckleberry Finn. There are also the aforementioned swamps of Louisiana. The abundance of wildlife in the surrounding Louisiana swamps makes them among the most biodiverse in the world. Along with alligators you can see black bear, beavers, armadillos, nutria, racoons, opossum, deer and countless species of birds. While in the swamps you feel as if you are in another world. You can also paddle along the Louisiana coastline in the Gulf of Mexico and see dolphin, sharks, and other marine life. If you prefer to cover more of the coastline in one day, rent a jet ski that will let you fly along the waves with the salt air in your face.

New Orleans is like a mystery waiting to be investigated, and the best way to do that is under your own power.

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