I recently returned home from a road trip across the south eastern states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) and I wanted to share a couple tips on visiting one of our favorite cities, New Orleans, LA. This was my third time to The Big Easy and I cannot wait to go back. I always describe the atmosphere in New Orleans as a cross between Vegas and Nashville. As in, there’s always a party to be had and live music around every corner. It’s also unlike anywhere I’ve ever been in the U.S. Every street, building and site makes you feel like you’ve left America far behind.
Where to Stay
I’ve stayed in the Warehouse District, the French Quarter and most recently Downtown and I would highly recommend booking a hotel in downtown New Orleans. We stayed at the La Quinta Inn & Suites on Camp Street and we loved it. Quick fact about La Quinta’s, every pet stays free, every location, every time. For us, that’s a no brainer. Every La Quinta also has free breakfast and wifi.
Now maybe you’re wondering, “will I be close enough to Bourbon Street?” Yes. Only a couple blocks walk and you will find yourself in the midst of the par-tay. You will also be within walking distance to the Superdome if you are lucky enough to be in town when the Saints are playing!
How to Get Around
New Orleans has an excellent cable car system that runs to most of the city’s must-visit districts. And don’t forget about Uber! I would highly recommend NOT renting a car as parking is anywhere from $30-50/night at most hotels and there is no real need for a car on a daily basis.
What to Do
There are so many things to do and see in New Orleans which is why we keep going back! Here are some of our favorites:
- Carriage tour of the French Quarter and Cemeteries
- Museums (Hurricane Katrina and World War II)
- Garden District walking tour
- Jackson Square
- Frenchmen Street for Live Music
- New Orleans Saints NFL game
- Bourbon Street (of course)
- Eat oysters!!!
- Riverboat sunset cruise
- Swamp tour
- Plantation tours
Where to Eat
Again, there are so many places to eat I am just going to list a few of our favorites!
- Acme (oysters)
- Johnny’s (PoBoys)
- Elizabeth’s (Brunch aka praline bacon)
- Stanley Restaurant
- Commanders Palace ($$$ but an experience!)
And last but never, ever least… CAFE DU MONDE. You MUST go here and get beignets. Just do it.