New Orleans is in the state of Louisiana in the southern United States. The city is very popular with tourists who want to take in the party atmosphere of this fabulous city. New Orleans is well known for its music, Creole food and of course the annual Mardi Gras festival, which kicks off on January 6 each year. New Orleans also plays host to the annual Jazz fest, in April. The must sees in New Orleans are the Mississippi River, the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights to New York Newark with connecting flights to New Orleans with Continental Airlines.