America's Most Beautiful Landmarks
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.