A wise person once said that instead of asking yourself what to do in New Orleans, you should simply step outside and let the city’s energy sweep you away. This could be a reference to the renowned nightlife, the famed music scene—which comes to a head at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (or “New Orleans Jazz Fest” for short)—or any other number of cultural offerings. In fact, throughout its history, the city has become a convergence point for three cultures: French, African, and, of course, American. This formed the foundation for the unique New Orleans cuisine, as well as playing an influential role in the city’s music and arts history. New Orleans’ celebratory spirit also peaks at the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Mardi Gras festival. Add to this the emergent tech start-up scene that was spurred into action by the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, and you’ve got a city that begs to be experienced firsthand. Discover our boutique and luxury hotels New Orleans below.