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Explore New Orleans: Esplanade Avenue

Pierre St-Jean

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Esplanade Avenue is a hidden treasure in New Orleans that offers a serene, gorgeous and historical view of the city's streets.

From the foot of the Mississippi River to the entrance of City Park, Esplanade is adorned with a quiet ambiance and local charm along the slow-paced way. The number of oak trees that protect from the hot sun makes Esplanade a popular route for pedestrians and runners.

Esplanade was a vital portage route of trade between Bayou St. John that linked to Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River in the 1800s. A lot of 19th-century mansions have remained on the side of "millionaire's row" street for the Louisiana Creole section to the city, just like the St. Charles Avenue in uptown New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint is located on the first block of Esplanade that formed the boundary between the French Quarter and the Faubourg Marigny. The building was established in 1839 and produced currency for the United States and the Confederate States for over 70 years. These days, the museum hosts traditional jazz legends and contemporary artists every Tuesday through Sunday and other events.

Move along, and you'll see elegant townhouses and many Creole mansions surrounded by wrought iron fences and neatly manicured lawns. In one of the townhouses, a French Impressionist painter named Edgar Degas stayed and painted some of his famous work in 1873. Currently, the house is turned into a hotel and museum. Eight blocks from the building, there lies Café Degas.

St. Louis No. 3, one of the most famous aboveground cemeteries in the city, is located here as well. Continue straight across from Beauregard Circle and see The New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park.

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