Aside from the party culture, New Orleans is also known as a bastion of genteel, antebellum culture – best seen by exploring the Garden District. This stately district has always been THE place to live if wealth, status and prestige are what you’re after, and the magnolia-covered mansions that still line the streets today are prime testimony to that fact. I joined a local walking tour not just to see more of the neighborhood, but to learn more about its fascinating past as well. New Orleans is old, very old by American standards, and you can see almost every era of our history on display in this Southern city. On a tour you’ll hear just a few of the hundreds of stories waiting to be told, from darker days to more prosperous ones. For the ultimate New Orleans immersion, be sure to take one of the old streetcars there – still a popular way to get around town today.