• Out & About in New Orleans

    New Orleans is well known for its centuries-old architecture, vibrant live-music scene and unique cuisine, whether you have a craving for French, Cajun or Creole.

    When not taking part in SCAI 2017, attendees can enjoy a wide range of historic neighborhoods, top-ranked museums and sightseeing throughout the city.

    French Quarter

    The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré or the “Quarter” to locals, sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest ground in New Orleans. The city’s cultural hub, New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood has exerted a spell over writers and artists since the time of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern and John James Audubon. French Quarter architecture blends Spanish, French, Creole and American styles together in an idyllic, enchanting setting. From fine dining to casual local eats, the French Quarter is the best place to sample Creole and Cajun cuisine and truly has something for every taste.


    Time in New Orleans isn’t kept in hours or days, but in meals. When dining in New Orleans, experience a culinary adventure that spans a wide array of cuisines. From Cajun and Creole to Soul and Contemporary French, award-winning chefs create food for your taste buds and nourishment for your soul.

    Start the day with a beignet drenched in powdered sugar and a steaming café au lait, lunch on a shrimp po-boy or mouth-watering muffuletta and end the day with gumbo, shrimp creole and flaming bananas foster. Taste for yourself why Bon Appétit named New Orleans one of America’s Top 5 Restaurant Cities.


    The birthplace of Jazz and Louis Armstrong, music is where New Orleans’ first settlers found common ground. No other city love music more. Jazz, America’s only original art form, was born here. Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco all express the melting pot that is our heritage. The city’s music will put an extra hop in your step!


    Central Location

    Conveniently situated in the central region of the US, New Orleans is ideal for travelers to join us during our 40th Anniversary Celebration. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is just 20 minutes from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in the center of the city.