It's no secret that New Orleans is a cultural hub rife with talented artists and a rich history unlike any other city. And travel website Travel + Leisure and its users have acknowledged the Big Easy as the No. 2 travel destination in the U.S.
Comfortably beating out in-demand vacation spots such as Boston, Honolulu and New York City, New Orleans ranked just shy of two points behind Charleston, South Carolina.
According to the T+L website, survey developed by site editors and a research firm asked respondents to rate cities' transportation services, hotels and tour operators and, when applicable, cruise lines and islands.
New Orleans was joined by seven other Southern cities total, a result that the site chalks up to the cities' "charm offensive."
Overall, the top 15 travel cities were noted for their ability to "seduce" readers "with their charisma and friendliness."