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This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. To celebrate the resiliency of New Orleans, here are eight awesome things to do in the Crescent City right now.

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Loews New Orleans

New Orleans in summer sizzles — and it’s not just the heat. It’s the hotels, too, many of which are offering plenty of hot prices to lure in travelers. The Loews New Orleans Hotel, for one, is offering a Summer Like a Local package that pushes rates down to as low as $199.

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The Ritz Carlton New Orleans

Remember how we said the (super) hot months are the time to snag fantastic deals in NOLA? Here’s just one: The iconic Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is offering a Paris Without the Jetlag package all summer that starts from just $199 — with some extra perks to boot.

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When it comes to music, you could argue there’s nowhere else in the world like New Orleans. The city offers up a jambalaya of Cajun, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, folk, blues, R&B, gospel, country, bluegrass, jazz, brass bands — and so much more. One of the best ways to taste all of that in one trip is during the annual 10-day Jazz Fest, full of performances and parades, kicking off in late-April. Of course, you can find live tunes all over the city any other time, too. While plenty of them do call the famed French Quarter home, most locals head to Frenchmen Street or the Bywater to hear their favorite performers. Here are six venues where the local bands laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) year-round.

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Royal Street Stroll - New Orleans Food and Wine Experience

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Most tourists head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest — and for good reason. But in a city of superior culinary excellence, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a multi-day feast for the most dedicated food lovers.

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Christine Wei

Where are the best trips to be booking right now? Our monthly Where to Go column tells you the smartest places to go each month for savings, special events, and all around great experiences. Here’s what’s hot for July. 

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Summer in the Berkshires is never cheap, but the classic experience doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. New Englanders flock to this part of Western Massachusetts for cultural enlightenment, whether it’s with a candlelit picnic under the stars as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays at Tanglewood; with a day admiring the impressive forward-thinking pieces at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; or with catching a performance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival or Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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Hotel Mazarin

We can’t say “no” to NOLA — and we don’t want you to, either. That’s why we’re giving you the chance to win a trip there for two, airfare included.

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Traveling by yourself? One great thing to note about some romantic travel destinations is that they can also be fantastic places for solo travelers. And just think — nobody will be harping on you about whether you got him or her something for Valentine’s Day. Here are some sweet destinations where it doesn’t matter if you have a plus-one:

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The city of New Orleans is known for its delicious food, world-famous cocktails, and, of course, wild Mardi Gras celebrations. More than one million spectators throng the French Quarter each February for the colorful costumes and an excuse to party — but that’s only a small portion of what the city has to offer during Mardi Gras. Look beyond the vividly colored feathered boas and tourist-filled bars lining Bourbon Street to discover that the locals have plenty of other great ways to celebrate. Here are some insider tips to help you experience a more authentic Mardi Gras in NOLA, like the locals do. Let the good times roll!

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when is the best time to visit new orleans

No matter the season, there’s always a good reason to visit New Orleans. The city’s party-hearty spirit knows no seasonal boundaries, despite revving up for major notable events, like Mardi Gras. But what if you want your New Orleans vacation to be leisurely and (a little) quiet? We recommend visiting the Crescent City during early December, in between major holidays.

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If you’re headed to New Orleans, do yourself a favor and don’t spend all your time in the French Quarter. Just across Route 90 and down the famous St. Charles Avenue, the uptown neighborhood offers parks, stunning architecture, and river views as well as some of the city’s best in food, drink, and music. Here are a few laid-back restaurants and bars for any foodie itinerary.

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iStock/Lake Tahoe in AutumnReady to drive? America in fall is marvel: cooler weather and colorful foliage spread across the northeast; comfortably sunny days are the norm from Vegas to Miami; and there’s perfect hiking weather in the west. Over the past few months, we’ve highlighted dozens of destinations that are perfect for a road trip, whether you’re looking to discover a new beach in Florida, visit a winery in upstate New York, sail on Lake Tahoe, or delve into an American classic — the Grand Canyon. Here are some ideas that we hope will inspire you — and persuade you to fill up the tank and go.

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Sandito Mojito, Cuba Libre OrlandoWe’re game to celebrate nearly every food- or drink-focused holiday (National Margarita Day, anyone?), so we’re excited that August is Rum Month. Rum is the elixir of both swash-buckling pirates and bleary-eyed Caribbean travelers alike. But some folks have rum misconceptions: They think only of umbrella-topped super-sweet frozen drinks or unimaginative soda mixes from their young-adult years. We’re here to open your eyes to a brave new world of this sugar cane-based liquid miracle. Beyond plain Bacardi, there are hundreds of varieties of rum — some as premium as any top-shelf cognac.

These 21 bars from coast-to-coast (and points in between) are serving up choice cocktails this month using rums you may not have heard of before. And don’t forget that Saturday, August 16 is officially National Rum Day. So raise a glass and say, “Aaar!”

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We may have missed National Ice Cream Day (it was on July 20), but National Ice Cream Month continues. Why not celebrate with a couple of scoops of something more adventurous than vanilla? Read more

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River cruising finally seems to be taking off in the States, with sailings along the Mississippi river in the lead. The appeal, once you think about it, isn’t difficult to understand — it’s relatively easy and cheap to get to the various U.S. departure ports, and there’s something romantic and simply American about imagining yourself as a character in a Mark Twain novel. Here, some cruise lines that are reconnecting travelers to the rivers of the nation:

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