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America's Most Beautiful Landmarks

New Orleans's Garden District

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New Orleans’s Garden District

A designated National Historic Landmark, this enclave of opulent antebellum mansions—shaded by huge oaks and adorned with stately columns and intricate wrought-iron balconies—is one of New Orleans’s grandest neighborhoods. It escaped Hurricane Katrina relatively unscathed because of its location on high ground, so a turn through the area today is as impressive as it would have been back in the 19th century, which most of the homes date to.

How to See It: Take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, which runs along the northern boundary of the district.

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