Port-au-Prince is the capital and largest city of the country. Founded in 1749 it is also the largest center of economy and finance. Port-au-Prince was once a popular place for cruises and the Toussaint Louverture International Airport (referred to often as the Port-au-Prince International Airport) is the country's main international gateway for tourists.
Tourists often visit the Pétion-ville area of Port-au-Prince, with other sites of interest including gingerbread houses. The culture of the city lies primarily in the center around the National Palace as well as its surrounding areas. The National Museum is located in the area surrounding the palace, established in 1938. The National Palace was one of the early structures of the city but was destroyed and then rebuilt in 1918. Another popular destination in the capital is the Hotel Oloffson, a 19th-century gingerbread mansion that was once the private home of two former Haitian presidents. It has become a popular hub for tourist activity in the central city.
Tourism activities include:
- Episcopal Cathedral Holy Trinity
- Museum of Haitian Art
- National Pantheon Museum
- Independence Square
- Art galleries
- Gingerbread houses in Turgeau and Pacot