New Orleans, Louisiana
When the founder of New Orleans, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, plotted the city in 1721, the original town center fell squarely in the present-day French Quarter. That history endures through the neighborhood's listing on the registry of National Historic Landmarks. It also endures through the area's unique architecture, scents, and sounds, from the cast-iron balconies extending over the narrow streets to the creole spices and trombone glissandos wafting through the air. Steps away from the Maison Dupuy Hotel, Bourbon Street—famous for its bars—exudes the city's iconic energy and celebratory spirit. Several nearby landmarks, from the oldest operating public market in America to a collection of authentic 1940s residences, preserve that history well into the present day.