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Known for music, merriness and Mardi Gras, New Orleans is one of those cities you should visit at least once in your life. At every corner you see the influences of the different cultures that blend to give New Orleans it’s distinctive, diverse identity. It’s a place where the fun never ends as long as you’re having a good time. If you’re planning a trip to NOLA, spend some time learning about the city’s different neighborhoods so you can narrow your search for New Orleans rentals to those that best fit in with your plans.

French Quarter

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To most people, the French Quarter and it’s famous thoroughfare are synonymous with New Orleans. The neighborhood streets are lined with Victorian-style homes complete with porches and balconies where you can watch revelers pass by. This is a lively area, and you can expect to hear noise at all hours of the night, but’s there’s plenty to see and do here within walking distance. In fact, you may be tempted to spend your entire vacation on Bourbon Street.

Garden District

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Located upriver from the French Quarter, the Garden District is a charming neighborhood with picturesque streets and historic architecture reminiscent of the Old South. Here you find a selection of Southern-style mansions with manicured lawns, jasmine bushes and magnolia trees. The Garden District is within walking distance or a ride on a streetcar to the most popular attractions, yet affords you some quiet time. You won’t find as many party rentals in New Orleans’ Garden District.

Central Business District

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The Central Business District, or CBD, is the city’s commercial center. This is where you find skyscrapers, the convention center and the Superdome. It’s also home to some of the city’s most trendy restaurants and bars. Accommodations in this part of town include apartments and converted lofts. From the CBD you can easily walk to the French Quarter on the other side of Canal Street and find plenty of public transportation.

Marigny

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Downriver from the French Quarter, Marigny is a gentrified neighborhood with working class roots. This hip, trendy area is the home of Frenchmen Street where you can find vibrant live music each night of the week. Accommodations in Marigny tend to be more affordable than the French Quarter or Garden District, but it definitely has the distinct New Orleans carefree vibe. If you’re looking for a weekly rental in New Orleans, you may find it here.

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Whether you’re visiting for the history, the food or the parties, New Orleans is a great spot for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation. Stay like a local in a vacation rental and discover what makes city so memorable.