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Greater New Orleans is a region in Louisiana.
Centered around New Orleans, Louisiana's biggest city and top visitor attraction, the region encompasses the South East portion of the state including the lower Mississippi River, smaller cities and towns, bayous, wetlands, and nature preserves.
Hard hit by Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the levee system in 2005, while recovery is still ongoing in much of the region 6 years later, a wealth of attractions welcome visitors.
English is almost universally spoken and understood; French and Spanish are the most common second languages.
The major International Airport is in Kenner, a suburb of New Orleans.
Interstate 10 is the main highway in and out from east to west; Interstates 55 and 12 have their southern ends here.
A number of cruise ships dock in New Orleans.
A private automobile is the best way to get around the region. While the city of New Orleans can be enjoyably experienced without a car, outside of the city transport options for those without a vehicle range from inconvenient to non-existant.
- New Orleans has a wealth of attractions, detailed in that city's articles.
- Jefferson Parish has an urban area adjacent to New Orleans; further away are bayou towns and the Gulf coast island of Grand Isle.
- Saint Bernard Parish is has the city of Chalmette, site of the historic "Battle of New Orleans" in 1815, and is home of Louisiana's distinctive Isleño culture.
- Plaquemines Parish offers historic plantations and forts, tasty citrus fruit, and fishing at the end of the Mississippi River.
- Old plantations line the old River Roads on either side of the Mississippi River north of New Orleans towards Baton Rouge