New Orleans was named as the No. 2 city in the U.S. and Canada in a Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2015 readers’ survey.
New Orleans ranked second to Charleston but above Savannah, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
Senior Travel Editor Jacqueline Gifford attributes New Orleans’ placement on the list to recent developments in the city, including the Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods as well as new restaurants, hotels and shops.
New Orleans was chosen as the No. 2 destination in America for the second consecutive year.
“After a decade of unparalleled development, New Orleans is well into its renaissance. The historic and new restaurants, classic cocktails, jazz in the streets and French and Spanish architecture that we all love are still the soul of the city, but New Orleans is also blossoming with boutique hotels, world-class craft cocktail bars, new cuisine from new James Beard award-winning chefs and so much more,” said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The designation as a “World’s Best City” is New Orleans’ most recent accomplishment in a string of accolades including one of The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2015,” the No. 1 “U.S. City for Business Travelers” by Condé Nast Traveler, one of the “Friendliest Cities in America” by Travel + Leisure and more.