New Orleans named No. 1 place to visit in the world in 2018 by NYT

January 10 2018 | Latest News

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New Orleanians know what makes the city special. From the vibrant culture to the easygoing people, that's life in the Big Easy.

But if your friends out of state still haven't discovered what makes the city great -- or they are looking to return -- the New York Times says now is the time.


The publication named New Orleans the No. 1 place to visit in 2018. The Crescent City beat out 51 other destinations not just in the country, but around the world.

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"There is no city in the world like New Orleans. Influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and indigenous peoples have made it the ultimate melting pot," the publication explains for why New Orleans is No. 1.

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The New York Times created a special section for its "52 Places to Go in 2018" list. The website features a vibrant second line, and a scroll down takes the reader to the New Orleans entry.


Make no mistake, New Orleans was partly chosen for the various events planned in 2018 to celebrate the city's tricentennial. The Crescent City is also in the midst of celebrating Carnival, the culmination being Mardi Gras and before that, many beloved parades.

"Though it's been a long recovery from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans isn't just back on its feet, it's as vibrant as ever -- particularly impressive for a 300-year-old," writes Dan Saltzstein.

The entry gives travelers a few suggestions to check out. It also includes a link to reader suggestions and "What to Drink in New Orleans."

Locals, transplants and seasoned tourists will already know many of the hot spots and places to avoid. The piece is intended to highlight all New Orleans has to offer for those who are looking to venture into the Big Easy.

Which places did New Orleans beat out? Bhutan, Australia, the Cambodian Coast and Peru. Click here to view the entire list.