Location, Climate: New Orleans is a premiere tourist destination in the United States known for its “Big Easy” attitude, French sophistication and African-American vibe. It is situated on the Mississippi River Delta and features hot, humid summers and mild winters. Avoid booking discount hotels between June to September if you don't want to get drenched during your stay. Book a hotel online to avail of huge discounts. Brief History: The Native Americans inhabited New Orleans for thousands of years. The Mississippian culture tribe constructed earthworks and mounds in their settlement at the valleys of Mississippi and Ohio River. Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville and his troops discovered New Orleans in 1718 and named the city in honor of Philip II who is the Duke of Orleans. Events, Landmarks, Activities: New Orleans hosts various music events annually including The Jazz & Heritage Festival and French Quarter Festival in spring, SatchmoFest in summer and the Essence Music Festival in July. Get closer to all the action by visiting the French Quarter specifically along Royal Street and Bourbon Street where you can find many museums, restaurants, clubs, pubs and antique shops. Downtown New Orleans is also a great place to visit because of the National World War II Museum and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Transportation: Take your time to enjoy the attractions by simply walking. A fun way of touring New Orleans is by riding a streetcar. There are plenty of cabs, but not during rush hour. Hiring a taxi (minivan) is more economical and convenient than renting a car when exploring farther destinations.