Question: Tourist Spots or Local Dives?

Question: Tourist Spots or Local Dives?

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Adrienne Breaux
Jul 15, 2009

It's not exactly local to Austin, but while on a trip to visit the boyfriend's parents over the weekend we found ourselves in the position to enjoy a few visits to nearby New Orleans, Louisiana. Though we've been to the city many times before, instead of exploring new areas or visiting local hotspots, we discovered that we were drawn into the more "tourist-y" places in the city, like Jackson Square and the French Quarter. It got us wondering about Apartment Therapy reader's experiences...

We usually steer away from the more popular tourist spots to find the heart of a city's culture, but we were caught off guard when we felt compelled to visit more "tourist-y" landmarks in New Orleans. Do you avoid all tourist spots when you travel to a new city? Or do you love to visit all the famous spots to grab photos? Is it more a combination of both? What are the tourist locations in the city where you live that you think every visitor should see? Have you had any surprisingly good or bad times at tourist spots in the past? Let us know!

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