If you are up for a post holiday road trip, there's really no place better than heading down Interstate 10 to New Orleans. Sometimes when something is in your own backyard, you forget that people spend a lot of money coming from all over the world to visit a city that we pretty much take for granted.

Where Y'at Magazine has found some cool and totally unique places in the Crescent City to visit. I'm pretty good at finding off the beaten path places in any city, but even I didn't know about some of these. Definitely going to visit, though!

  • Piazza d' Italia - 377 Poydras St. This ode to Italian architecture is free and open to the public, but seems to go unvisited by most tourists and locals alike. Opened in 1978, it was fully restored in 2004, and is the background for many wedding portraits
  • Abandoned Six Flags Amusement Park - 3011 Michoud St. Most of us have seen pictures of what the former 'Jazzland' looked like before and after Hurricane Katrina. It's super creepy, not open to the public, but has been the location for many motion pictures since 2005, including 'Jurrasic World'
  • New Orleans' Historic VooDoo Museum - this unsettling spot at 724 Dumaine Street focuses on Louisiana voodoo, but they also offer fortune telling and cemetery tours for the brave. The gift shop is pretty cool, too
  • New Orleans' own Eiffel Tower - run by the Eiffel Society, this awesome place at 2040 St. Charles Avenue operates as a cocktail lounge and night club. We shouldn't be surprised, considering Louisiana's French roots, but, who knew?!
  • Nicholas Cage's Pyramid Tomb - the eccentric actor purchased a burial vault in the shape of a pyramid at historic St Louis Cemetery #1, at 425 Basin Street. Legend has it that locals hate the structure, and women kiss it with bright lipstick for good luck
  • Audubon Labyrinth - located near Laurel Street and the Tree of Life at Audubon Park, this intricate and winding walkway is free and open to the public. It was laid after Hurricane Katrina to symbolize healing

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