New Orleans Travel Guide

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New Orleans Highlights

  • Pro
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     French Quarter, European atmosphere, good food, jazz clubs, architecture 

  • Con
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     Crime, Tourist Traps, Cock Roaches the Size of Mice 

  • In a nutshell
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     New Orleans SIZZLES with excitement! Can you hear it? It's the low hum of zydeco, spice, cajun flavor and rich history that enflames your senses and burns deep into your memories! 

New Orleans Things to Do

  • Bourbon Street

    Bourbon Street is the core of New Orleans' nightlife. It is a street that runs the length of the historic French Quarter, and is lined with bars, nightclubs, and souvenir shops. For parents traveling with children - beware - there are also a number of strip clubs along Bourbon Street that are not discreet in their advertising. Bourbon Street has...

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  • Swamp Tours

    Better to take this type of tour in the cooler months if possible. I grew up prowling the swamps around New Orleans, and the heat- humidity makes it feel like it is 110deg. in the shade. (heat index) Kind of like being broiled or boiled alive. The swamp tours are great, but I would not go in the summer if I had an option.

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  • Garden District

    Follow St Charles Street from Canal St, through the Central Business District, and after a mile or two you'll hit the Garden District. This area is full of huge houses with big gardens from the 1840s when cotton and sugar were booming, and it was established by the new American presence in the city. A tourist favorite is to take the St Charles...

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New Orleans Restaurants

  • Cafe du Monde

    Everybody wants to try a beignet here and rightly so. Café Du Monde is large and open 24 hrs so there really is no excuse. But be warned - three beignets are enough for two - we bought three more to take home and eat later. Still good, but not the same. In April 2013, two café au laits and six beignets cost under $12. Great place to people watch...

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  • Commander's Palace

    Famous New Orleans hangout across from Lafayette Cemetery--we walked by around 4 in the afternoon while visiting the cemetery across the street, listening to the band rehearsing for the coming night's entertainment....great local experience...the menu is the best of NO seafood and always the freshest...old style service and first class food make...

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  • Central Grocery

    Another sandwich that is typical of New Orleans is the muffuletta, a delicious combination of cold cuts, cheese and - the key ingredient - Sicilian olive salad served on a soft, round bread. The sandwich was created at the Central Grocery, which has been around since 1906, by its original owner Salvatore Lupo. Although most restaurants around town...

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New Orleans Nightlife

  • Bourbon St

    By day Bourbon Street is filled with tourists of all shapes and sizes roaming around the French Quarter discovering the many shops and restaurants and taking in the architecture. At night, it transforms into a pedestrian-only street with no rules where all of the most colourful characters of New Orleans can be found, along with every tourist with a...

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  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar

    We always stop at Lafitte's Blacksmith Bar every time we go to N.O. but we generally don't stay too long because the drinks are too expensive. Last year I took my old dog with me to N.O. and I was very pleased that they let the old girl in just about every place. Lafitte's wouldn't allow her in and I have no problem with that but they said we could...

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  • Preservation Hall

    The Preservation Hall was really high on my list because I knew about the legendary jazz venue in the French Quarter that was founded back in 1961. I took pic 3 early in the morning, yes, this old place is a great jazz venue! The place itself is a unique experience. You have to go early, an hour before the doors open the line forms outside the...

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New Orleans Transportation

  • Taxicab

    Getting from the airport to downtown or French Quarter could not be easier. The taxis are well organised immediately you leave the baggage claim area and the best part - its a fixed fee. From the airport to the French Quarter is $33 for 1 or 2 people (and the same on the way back) as of April 2013. The cabs will take cash or credit but make sure...

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  • Streetcar

    The streetcar is a great way to get around, and the day pass is a very good deal. A single trip costs $1.25, + 25¢ for a transfer, but you can buy an all-day pass for $3.00. However, if you are a senior, paying per ride is probably cheapest—it is only 40¢ per trip, with free transfers. (You need to show a Medicare card or other ID as proof of...

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  • St. Charles Line

    Taking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar is a wonderful and inexpensive way to see the Garden District and Uptown. You'll pass stately mansions (and the house used in Real World New Orleans), the campuses of Loyola and Tulane Universities, and the Audubon Zoo. If you take it all the way to Riverbend, you'll get to see how the backs of the old...

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New Orleans Shopping

  • French Market

    There's a guy at this market selling sheets, branded "Sanders Collection" that are marked on the front of the package, in great big letters "1500 THREAD COUNT 100% EGYPTIAN COTTON". If you read the smaller print on the back, you'll find out that they are actually made from "micro fiber yarns... with the soft touch as a 1500 THREAD COUNT 100%...

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  • Riverwalk

    I never got much closer that this to Riverwalk. Shopping is not my thing. Stores in Riverwalk include: Claire's Accessories Gap Get Clocked Perfumania Sunglass Hut Sunglass Nation The Body Shop The Limited Victoria's Secret Watch Station Mardi Gras Madness Creole Delicacies Tabasco Country Store Riverwalk Shirt Company Brookstone Christmas...

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  • Souveniers

    This is a great souvenier shop. There is a dancing mummy outside the door - here we are in a photo op! There is also one of those Zoltar fortune telling machines like the one in the movie "Big". Very cool shop along the main drag. tee shirts, voodoo stuff, alligator heads, beads.

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New Orleans Local Customs

  • Drinking

    One of the first things I was told when I arrived in New Orleans was the recommendation to be careful with “hurricane” cocktails, because their sweet taste is deceiving, and there is more alcohol in them than one may suspect. I had one, but no more because it was indeed a bit too sweet for my taste. Anyway I enquired about the recipe, and I found...

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  • Speech

    Local terms that may be unfamiliar to those from outside the area: - Neutral Ground The central median of a road or highway. There's an interesting history behind how this was derived, going back the 17th century. - CC's Community Coffee House. This is a small chain of coffee shops run by the Louisiana coffee company. If a New Orleanian refers to...

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  • Beads

    The tradition of throwing beads during the Mardi Gras parade dates back to the 19th century. At the time, the strings of beads were made of glass and although these weren't very expensive, the arrival of cheap plastic beads on the market helped increase the amount of beads thrown during the parade. You get a pretty good idea of just how many...

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New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

  • Bad Neighborhoods

    Other posters tell you what neighborhoods to avoid and which are "safe". I invite you to notice how idiotic their advice is. Think about it. If the nice neghborhoods have all the money, where do you think the thugs will go to rob people? Bad people can walk or drive a car. "Bad neighborhoods" are not cages. Thugs are not vampires. It is not safer...

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  • Crime

    I gotta tell you we just got home from New Orleans on Saturday early in the am. We stayed on Bourbon street and stayed mainly in the French Quarter. We did go to the Garden district and the commercial district. We felt safe and had no incidents of trouble. The only thing we saw panhandlers who tried to get your attention with either shoe shining...

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  • French Quarter

    During Mardi Gras time, the streets will be filled with people, some well on their way to intoxication. Still the police patrol on horseback and when they want the crowds to move, they mean it. They will warn you once to move if the parade floats are coming down the street. If you don't move and continue to move into the streets trying to "catch...

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New Orleans Tourist Traps

  • Bourbon St.

    Yes Bourbon Street is a tourist trap. This is despite it's fame as a nightlife hot spot. It is overcrowded with conventioneers who fill bars where third rate bands play "Sweet Home Alabama" to them as they go "wooooow". This is a place for 40 year old accountants to go to when they are taking a break from raising their families back in Akron or...

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  • Tours

    I have to respond to Dutch-Tulip who simply stated that "Bourbon Street smells like vomit." We spend a lot of money having a company constantly moving around the Quarter picking up garbage and washing the streets and sidewalks. We can't help it that tourist don't drink or behave responsibly and puke on our sidewalks. People will come here and puke...

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  • Street Acts

    I live here in New Orleans.. and I find the whole trap analogy offensive. We are known all around the world for crowds.. massive crowds depending on events going on. Street performers are indeed artists ..and are New Orleans icons. Aside from it being a unique and creative outlet many are dependent on the money they earn doing so. Jackson Square...

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New Orleans What to Pack

  • Shoes

    The luggage you bring will depend on your mode of transportation. By air, travel as light as you can. Never go anywhere, especially someplace where there is as much walking involved as in New Orleans (on hard pavement), without two pairs of comfortable walking shoes - shoes that are already broken in. Otherwise you are asking for blisters or worse....

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  • items to bring on Trip

    Comfortable shoes or sturdy sandals. It always rains one weekend, so you may be sloshing through the mud. Some folks bring rain boots for those days - I say don't bother. Big hat to block the sun. For women, wear a skirt rather than shorts - makes it easier to use the portalets, and you don't have to worry about the fabric sticking to you. Sun...

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  • Umbrella/Raingear

    Carry a plastic poncho if you are going to be touring the city, while we were there it rained almost everyday, and I've heard unexpected showers happen alot in N.O. We picked up a couple plastic ponchos at Walmart for less than a buck and we used them a bunch, plus they are alot easier than carrying your umbrella especially if you have your hands...

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New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

  • Plantations

    I highly recommend leaving the societal cess pool of New Orleans, and driving about two hours to The Myrtles in St. Francisville, La. Deemed "the most haunted house in America" by The Wall St. Journal, I have spent many nights there and highly recommend it. Not for the faint of heart, or easily spooked, this great experience is off the beaten path...

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  • Swamp Tours

    We drove for more than an hour to Jean Lafitte which is on the edge of the Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve section. We went out in a pontoon boat, and while it was cold, it wasn't so cold yet that there was no wildlife. We saw nutria and several alligators, and birds (photos 3 and 4). We also saw former habitations (photo 5) and some graveyards....

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  • Food and Drink

    the faubourg marigny can kick bourbon streets ass...its hard to describe this area...the blocks are comprised of triangles..squares...frenchman seems like it becomes decater...bourbon veers off and is perpindicular to rampart...who knows its a whole little area that rocks...gay bars...raggea bars...second line...punk rock laundry mats...for a girl...

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New Orleans Sports & Outdoors

  • Saints and Superdome

    My first REAL professional football game (I had been to one pre-season game prior) was on December 4, 2011 - Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints at the Superdome. Very exciting for this New Orleans girl! My husband is a huge Lions fan, which made for some friendly rivalry. The Dome (as it is known) is one of the LOUDEST football arenas in the...

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  • New Orleans Hornets Arena

    Dispite the lack of money to fill even one of the 1,237,876 potholes in the city, the city of New Orleans managed to charge the taxpayers enough money to buy the Charlotte Hornets. At least I will be able to watch the NOLA Hornets as I am bedridden from the back injury I sustained from hitting one of the said potholes. ;-) I guess one of those big...

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  • The French Quater

    Because parts of it are mostly residential and traffic is rather minimal early in the mornings, the French Quarter provides a terrific setting for a morning run. Moreover, the view of the historic homes, coupled with sights as the cathedral and stores which have yet to open for day, a run in the morning can give you ideas of places to visit during...

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New Orleans Favorites

  • French Quarter

    If you send out as many postcards as I do (friends, family, & an international postcard exchange - www.postcrossing.com), you will need to find postcards as cheaply as possible. When you are shopping in the French Quarter, most of the souvenir shops and drug stores will sell the standard size postcards for ~ $.35 cents, but if you walk into more...

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  • City Tours & Neighborhoods

    The New Orleans Warehouse district is a historic area known for its mid 19th and early 20th Century industrial buildings and warehouses. In the second half of the 1900s, the area fell into disrepair, but the 1984 World's Fair brought new attention to the area. Following the fair, the area saw new construction in shopping centers, the convention...

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  • Cuisine

    One of the most addictive substances available to you in New Orleans (legally anyway), is the Beignet (pronounced been-yea). These wonderful fried pieces of dough, topped with powdered sugar can be eaten one at a time, or plateful after plateful. The most famous place to pick one of these wonderful treats is in the French Quarter at Cafe du Monde,...

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