Worried about going to New Orleans? Don't listen to Anderson Cooper on CNN, to hear him New Orleans was completely destroyed. Not so. The downtown areas, especially the French Quarter and surrounding areas like the Garden District, Warehouse District, etc. are fine. But they desperately need tourism in New Orleans.
Yes, the devastation was great, I saw some of the results of it today coming in from Mobile. For some reason though, the news media seem to want to misrepresent where it took place, and that has frightened off tourists. I am there every week and the city seems to be waiting. Things are getting better, conventions are coming and there are some great hotel deals to be had as well, but it hasn't bounced back yet.
The tourist areas are in great shape, (except 6 Flags) all the restaurants are open and hotels are welcoming. If you've never been, you are missing a truly original American icon. The music, food, and culture are really unique.
So, go to New Orleans and have a beignet, or some Etouffée and "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler” or Let the Good Times Roll!