New Orleans Guide
Tips for a New Orleans trip.
New Orleans Trip Plan - Tips for Travelling to New Orleans
The Big Easy. New Orleans has an otherworldly feel to like no other city in the US. With a festival almost every weekend there is no bad time to visit. Whether cheering the Saints, hitting Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras, or celebrating Halloween in one of the most haunted cities in the country, the Big Easy has something for everyone.
Best places to visit in New Orleans
The French Quarter, located in the heart of New Orleans along the Mississippi River, is the New Orleans visitors imagine. Filled with amazing restaurants, picturesque architecture, and free flowing drinks, it is a must do for every visitor. Start your day with a breakfast of cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde then stroll Jackson Square, home to artists, fortune tellers and St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States. Spend the rest of your day gallery hopping on Royal Street and shopping at the French Market before you end your night on Bourbon Street.
Once you’ve had your fill of the somewhat seedy Bourbon Street, head to the Marigny and the more local, more cultured Frenchmen Street. The Maison, Blue Nile and the Spotted Cat are famed live music venues, and don’t miss Dat Dog, a quirky hot dog restaurant with several outlets around town.
If stately mansions and graceful oak lined avenues is what you came for, ride the St. Charles streetcar from Canal to Carrollton and take in the sights. Purchase a Jazzy Pass from your driver for $3 and create your own hop on hop off tour, stopping at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, Audubon Park and the famous Camelia Grill diner for a burger and chocolate freeze.
Things to do in New Orleans
Take in a Festival
New Orleans has more festivals than weekends, so not matter what time of year you visit the city has something to celebrate. Music lovers should visit for French Quarter Fest or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in the spring or Voodoo Fest in the fall. For food lovers there is Poboy Fest, Hogs for the Cause, and the Fried Chicken Festival to name a few. And for those looking for a party, Mardi Gras isn’t the only celebration. Don’t miss the New Orleans version of the Running of the Bulls (you’ll be chased by roller derby girls decked out with horns and plastic bats), Red Dress Run, and Halloween weekend complete with a Mardi Gras style parade.
Visitors may be surprised to learn that the New Orleans metro is home to dozens of breweries large and small. In the city check out Wayward Owl, Urban South Brewery, Nola Brewery Taproom, and the newcomer Port Orleans Brewery. The Abita Brewery, located in picture perfect Abita Springs, is about an hour away and well worth the drive.
Take in a Museum
While often overlooked, New Orleans is home to several outstanding museums including the world renowned National World War II Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park. If you are a museum addict the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, and Civil War Museum are all well worth a visit.
Where to eat in New Orleans
You could spend a lifetime in New Orleans and still have unchecked boxes on your restaurant bucket list. New Orleans is home to hundreds of restaurants from trendy newcomers to institutions that have been around for centuries. Don’t miss beignets at Cafe du Monde or Morning Call and the refined elegance of Commander’s Palace or Antoine’s, both established in the 1800s.
How to stay safe in New Orleans
Unfortunately New Orleans has a reputation for crime, and that reputation is not entirely without merit. Stay alert, especially after a night out drinking. Stick to well let and well travelled areas at all times, and take a taxi, Uber or Lyft back to your hotel at the end of a long night.
How to save money in New Orleans
There are dozens of budget and mid-range hotels in New Orleans, along with full home and room rentals recently legalized in the city. Another popular option is to stay at a hotel just outside of the city. Popular options include Metairie, Slidell and Covington. All are a short drive from New Orleans attractions and offer significant savings on lodging.
Eating cheap in New Orleans is a breeze. Many bars have quality kitchens, you’ll find food trucks throughout , and there are cheap but delicious diners in every neighborhood.
Finally, take the streetcar and city buses. Streetcars are scenic and an attraction in their own right and will take you to most major sites in the city. There are several public transportation tracking apps to guide you, and a daily pass is only $3 and can be purchased from your driver. Bring exact change!
And lastly, don’t leave New Orleans without…
Talking to a local. Of all of the incredible sights and sounds in the city, her best quality is her people. New Orleanians are famously friendly. Leaving the city without truly getting to know the people who make it so magical would leave you missing a big part of the experience.
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