Auto Club: The Big Easy Just Got Easier Just in Time for Mardi Gras

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(Los Angeles, Jan. 14, 2005) — The Automobile Club of Southern California has published a new laminated guide map highlighting a bounty of restaurants, shopping and attractions throughout The Big Easy, New Orleans.

The laminated map, "New Orleans GreatestHitsTM Map" is available at Auto Club offices and offers vacationers easy to read maps of the French Quarter and the Crescent City. It also shows a wide variety of well-known restaurants, places to hear live music, spots to hop aboard the streetcars and other tourist activities.

"The map is easy to tuck into your backpack or jacket pocket and travelers will be able to use the substantial information provided about Mardi Gras," said Auto Club Editorial Director John Austerman. "Travelers also will appreciate how Auto Club cartographers made the street maps easy to read and understand."

Numerous restaurants ranging from upscale to casual and romantic are described. The map includes information and directions for the famous Commander's Palace, Emeril's, Galatoire's, Arnaud's, Acme Oyster House and Praline Connection. The Auto Club travel writers also recommend Caf du Monde, a must-stop famous for its beignets. The map guide also includes the best places to catch Dixieland music.

Since Louisiana seems to have its own vocabulary, the new map contains a handy glossary of frequently used local terms to familiarize tourists in advance of their visit.

Each map in the Auto Club's GreatestHits series is $4.95 for AAA members and $7.95 for the public. Other titles include Route 66, California Missions, Hollywood, Santa Fe and Taos and San Antonio. New titles for 2005 include Alaska's Inside Passage, Boston and Orlando.

The Automobile Club of Southern California, the largest AAA affiliate, has served members since 1900. Today, Auto Club members benefit by the organization's roadside assistance, financial products, travel agency and trip planning services, highway and transportation safety programs, insurance products and services and automotive pricing, buying and financing programs. Information about these products and services is available at www.aaa.com.

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