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In New Orleans, you'll find the roots of jazz and a blossoming culture that has been long described as being unlike anything else in the United States. Founded in 1718, it is one the nation's oldest cities and has an atmosphere rich with a mix of French sophistication, Creole, African-American, Caribbean, Irish, Haitian, German, and Vietnamese, all creating an energy that can be described as something greater than the sum of its parts. Though hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the city continues to rebound, and it remains the largest city in Louisiana and one of the top tourist destinations in the United States.

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  1. New Orleans is known to be the place where Voodoo was introduced into the country.
  2. The New Orleans Superdome is the largest enclosed arena in the world.
  3. New Orleans is the birthplace of both poker and craps.
  4. New Orleans is the birthplace of Louis Armstrong, Truman Capote, Reese Whiterspoon and Ellen DeGeneres.
  5. New Orleans is home to the longest continuous bridge in the world, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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