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The Best Cities in North America 2015

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With iconic monuments, global cuisine, and distinctive natural landmarks, T+L readers’ favorite urban centers transcend their skyscrapers.

No. 2 New Orleans

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The Crescent City charmed readers with a one-two punch (and a spiked punch at that): it ranked at No. 2 in the nation for dining, and at No. 1 in the world for nightlife. No doubt readers loved iconic dining experiences like the oysters Rockefeller at Antoine's or the beignets at Café du Monde, but the city's biggest fans also know how to wander off the tourist grid for a fun evening—whether that means the free jazz clubs along Frenchmen Street or the new People's Health New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City. At the latter's Bolden Bar, you'll find free music Thursday through Saturday nights and craft cocktails like the Jelly Roll Morton (with Sazerac rye, bitters, blackberry mash, and lemon).

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The Best Cities in North America 2015

No. 2 New Orleans

The Crescent City charmed readers with a one-two punch (and a spiked punch at that): it ranked at No. 2 in the nation for dining, and at No. 1 in the world for nightlife. No doubt readers loved iconic dining experiences like the oysters Rockefeller at Antoine's or the beignets at Café du Monde, but the city's biggest fans also know how to wander off the tourist grid for a fun evening—whether that means the free jazz clubs along Frenchmen Street or the new People's Health New Orleans Jazz Market in Central City. At the latter's Bolden Bar, you'll find free music Thursday through Saturday nights and craft cocktails like the Jelly Roll Morton (with Sazerac rye, bitters, blackberry mash, and lemon).

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