Hurricane Katrina Tour
Come witness what was left after one of the most devastating natural disasters on American soil. Learn about the history of New Orleans and its landscape as your guide drives you past various hurricane-ravaged destinations in the city.
Visit one of the infamous dikes, or flood banks, that was breached after the storm, causing tremendous floods and leading to the displacement of thousands of New Orleans citizens. During this unique New Orleans tour, your guide will explain each location and its direct correlation with the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Your guide will also explain the chronology of events from a local's point of view and take you through the neighborhoods of Lakeview, Gentilly, St. Bernard, and the Upper Ninth Ward.
Next you will visit the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, where the reconstructed New Basin Canal Lighthouse is located. Though the lighthouse suffered severe damage during Hurricane Katrina, it was recently rebuilt and is now Louisiana's only operational lighthouse containing a museum that's open to the public. Your guided tour will allow you to have a bird's eye view of the surrounding area, including the levees along the lakeside and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, which holds the record for the longest bridge over water in the world.
After exploring the Levee Memorial Gardens, a short stop will be made in City Park, where you will have the opportunity to visit either the Morning Call Cafe or the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The Morning Call Cafe has been serving their legendary French drip coffee since 1870. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which contains 64 sculptures and is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, is about five acres in size and is located next to the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Despite the tragic events, New Orleans is recovering, and you will be amazed at the regrowth of the city after you see reconstruction efforts first hand. Join the New Orleans Hurricane Katrina recovery tour for an informative look at the aftermath of that devastating disaster and a personalized view of how thousands of Americans have begun to rebuild.