Five Essential New Orleans Travel Tips

Five Essential New Orleans Travel Tips

Written By: Krazy Kristen

New Orleans is one of those cities that I’ve been wanting to visit for years and I finally made the trek down to Louisiana for the big trip. This vibrant and historic city was not disappointing at all -- there was so much to see and do that it would really take a few visits to get the full effect of what New Orleans has to offer. Since it was my first time in the city I wanted to see all of the main attractions and points of interest just to get an overview of what New Orleans is about and it was stunning from start to finish.

FORGET THE CAR!

When I travel somewhere I like to get a good indication of how it feels to be a local by walking or taking public transportation anywhere I go. Walking gives you an opportunity to go in and out of shops, try different foods or beverages if you’re passing any restaurants or even just stop and enjoy your surroundings! New Orleans is a great city to walk around in especially if you’re located around the French Quarter. There are streetcars and other public transportation options – even Uber -- if you want to venture outside the area and check out different regions such as the Garden District or the Warehouse District.

GO TO THE FRENCH QUARTER

Everyone knows that the French Quarter is the place that most tourists go and of course I was no exception. I wanted to walk down the famous Bourbon Street and see all of the stunning architecture that is so quintessentially New Orleans. A lot of this area is pretty historic, dating back to a couple hundred years and features a great assortment of live music spots, restaurants, art galleries, and hotels.

Bourbon Street is an iconic spot of the French Quarter, but its vibrancy depends on the time of day you’re visiting. If you are looking to enjoy the surroundings and take a leisurely stroll, it’s definitely recommended to walk along Bourbon Street during the day when it’s much quieter. At night it gets very rowdy and high-energy with the assortment of music and restaurants coming to life. Royal Street is another great part of the French Quarter to visit and features delicious cuisines, even more history and shopping destinations.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATIONS

Since visiting New Orleans was on my list of things I wanted to do, it made perfect sense to plan the trip during Mardi Gras which is one of the city’s famous annual events and lasts about two weeks -- ending the day before Ash Wednesday. This two-week celebration means that the streets are crowded with partygoers and there are many daily events, festivals and parades to enjoy during your stay. During Mardi Gras, the French Quarter can get quite packed so make your hotel reservations in advance to ensure you have accommodations.

COUNTLESS HISTORIC DESTINATIONS

Everywhere you turn in New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, you’re going to find historic buildings such as Preservation Hall and the St. Louis Cathedral. New Orleans is famous for its jazz music originations and Preservation Hall is one such historic building that to this day still features live music and music events. Seating is limited, so it’s definitely recommended to show up early because there’s no better place in the city to catch a jazz performance. St. Louis Cathedral dates back to 1794 and is also known as oldest Cathedral in the United States that’s still in use.

EXPLORE CITY PARKS

One of the best ways to explore New Orleans to simply walk around any number of the beautiful gardens and parks throughout the city. There are more than one thousand acres dedicated to these lush landscapes, some of which feature oak trees that are hundreds of years old! When you want to get away from the bustle of Bourbon Street, be sure to check out New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden or the New Orleans Botanical Garden for a peaceful afternoon.

VISITING THE GARDEN DISTRICT

If you’re interested in seeing some of the iconic mansions and stunning landscapes that are iconic of life in the historic Deep South, then the Garden District is the place to go. Learn about the history of these gorgeous mansions with walking or guided tours and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in any of the local shops to get an idea of what life might have been like more than 100 years ago in such a serene setting.

 

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