New Orleans

Distance from Baltimore: 1,124 miles, about a three-hour flight or a 16-hour drive Why it's hot: Go for the food, the football and the festival. Mardi Gras takes place Feb. 12, but right before that the city welcomes Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. To make way for the game, parades will begin the end of January. New Orleans also has a renowned aquarium, charming neighborhoods and swamp tours, plantation tours and more. Don't miss: Bourbon Street or the French Quarter. But more importantly, don't miss dining at SoBou, a modern Creole saloon with serious food; Cochon, where the pork is locally sourced; or Café Du Monde, for a cup of chickory and a sweet dusty beignet. Information: Go to
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