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Some Tips When Visiting New Orleans: Places to Explore

Updated on August 11, 2017

A Guide To New Orleans

 

Though New Orleans has had its share of tragedies, it is still one of the greatest cities in the United States. Rich in culture and history, New Orleans is a kind of place where sometimes it is easy to lose yourself amongst the environment. With wonderful food and atmosphere, the “Big Easy” has something for everyone. Whether you are a tourist or a resident, New Orleans thrives on making its guest feel right at home. There are many places to visit while in New Orleans. From the infamous Bourbon Street, to Jackson Square, the city offers a chance of getting to know a city that welcomes anyone from anywhere. Though, there are hundreds of places to visit in New Orleans, I am going to talk about a few of the more popular areas.

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French Quarter

 

One of the most famous areas in New Orleans that attracts people is their famous French Quarter. From shopping, to eating authentic southern style cuisine, the French Quarter offers a diverse group of attractions for everyone. It is the oldest neighborhood in the New Orleans area. It offers many hotels to stay while visiting the city. When visiting, guests might recognize some of the familiar looking balcony’s they may have seen in pictures or post cards from New Orleans. This area is loaded with people during the celebration of Mardi Gras. Visitors will notice that most of the buildings in this area are very old have been here for centuries. There are also a few historic museums that the French Quarter has located within the area. Anyone interested in learning and becoming educated on Louisiana history as well as history on the Civil War will enjoy these museums. Most of the museums here are historic homes with great true stories to be shared with people. And for those who are religious, the French Quarter offers wonderful amenities where one can worship the Lord. Beautiful and old churches are an excellent place to rediscover the religious history these century old churches hold. The French Quarter is just one of many places for people to get a taste of the culture and life styles of New Orleans.

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Jackson Square

 

 

Looking out towards the Mississippi River and is the center attraction of the French Quarter, Jackson Square is another area where tourists and residents must visit. With many street performers providing music, art and allowing their creative spirits flow, Jackson Square is a unique place for people to experience. If you are in this area on the weekends, you will more than likely here the song “When the Saints go marching in” being played by a traveling band. This area of Jackson Square offers a melting pot of things to see. Artists offering their works to the public, street performers playing music and dancing for audiences to see, Jackson Square is another must see part of New Orleans.  For those who love to shop, there are many stores to visit in this area. From clothing to antiques, people have no problem leaving New Orleans with a souvenir. The most famous site of Jackson Square would be the beautiful and elegant St. Louis Cathedral. This cathedral alone is a must see site for visitors in New Orleans. Its history and wonderful display makes this a sight like no other.

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French Market

 

Another great area of New Orleans is the French Market. Also located in the lower area of the French Quarter, the French Market place offers retail shops, places to enjoy live music and restaurants to eat some great and rich foods. Those are some great attractions, but the French Market’s famous Flea Market and Farmer’s Market offer shopping like no other. Here, guests can buy great southern and historic items to bring back home with them. From southern clothes styles, to wonderful handcrafted art and furniture, these two markets make the French Market area a wonderful and enjoyable time. And the southern hospitality of the workers makes this shopping experience even more delightful.

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Bourbon Street

 

Last on the list on places to see while experiencing New Orleans is probably the most popular and most visited site this place has to offer. For the adult experience, visitors love taking a stroll down the most famous street in New Orleans, Bourbon Street. For those who like to party or just love to have an occasional cocktail, Bourbon Street can cure any form of thirst. For their most famous drink, the “Hand Grenade,” Bourbon Street is no stranger to those who crave an adult beverage. One of the more popular bars to get one of these “Hand Grenades” is Tropical Isle. With an island themed environment, Tropical Isle offers a chance to experience an island feeling without having to fly thousands of miles over water. If you want a less wild bar, another famous bar on Bourbon Street is Pat O’Brien’s. Here, the guests can sip on a cocktail or try their famous “Hurricanes” and have a casual conversation on one of the many patio tables this place has to offer.  There are also many hotels, restaurants and other great bars to enjoy while walking down Bourbon Street.

 

 

 

World War Two Museum

Another place I would like to add to this is the World War Two museum. It is a large exhibit and has many great historic sites and displays to check out. It is a wonderful place to re-live the historic events of WWII. If you are a history buff I would suggest you check this place out. And you may want to give this museum a whole day to visit, or at least about four hours. It is a rather large museum and there are many great things to see and read.

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      Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      Thanks so much for the visit ytsenoh. you should plan a weekend there. it is great and full of wonderful culture and food. oh, and booze hahaha.

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Fullerman, informative and helpful. Still can't believe I've never been there despite the fact I was born in this state. Ah, I could use an adult beverage right now! Thanks much for sharing some of New Orlean's attractions. Fun times, I'm sure, and I bet the food is incredibly awesome!

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      Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      aylissa, thanks so much for reading and i am glad i could help.

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      Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      yeah it can get a bit crazy there during mardi gras. im glad i could help. i try to avoid new orleans during mardi gras.

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      ayliss08 5 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

      Really nice introduction to New Orleans...I appreciate your recommendations, and I hope I will have the chance to visit this wonderful city. I like the St. Louis Cathedral best. Beautiful and elegant!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thanks for publishing this article, Ryan. I reaaly enjoyed. I've only been to New Orleans once...at Mardi Gras time. It was hectic and crazy, but a lot of fun.

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      You are very welcome and i am gald to see that you had a great trip. It truly is a beautiful and different city.

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      NCBIer 6 years ago

      I've just visited all these sites and thank you for the recommendations. I've gotten a great tour of the city and had a fun trip! I appreciate your advice on where to go when visiting New Orleans. Great hub!

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      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      I love your presentation,it's beautiful and informative.

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      thanks so much. I love that place. It is insane during mardi gras

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Your selection of photographs is superb! I enjoyed your travelogue. I have been to New Orleans twice—once during Mardis Gras.

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      thanks, i am going to write two more one about the food and places to eat and the other one about activities to do with family and friends. keep an eye out for those.

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      France Travel Inf 6 years ago

      This is an great article!! Kudos!

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      Ryan Fuller 6 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      wow, that is true. I visit those places when i am down there. its still needs alot of work. its sad, but that city is strong. thanks for the feedback.

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      ally will du 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I love NOLA and love people writing about it. The only things I would add to this are the Lower Ninth and St. Bernard's Parish. I think it's really important to see the areas most affected by the flood. If you just go to the touristy parts of New Orleans, I think you're really missing out. Thanks!!