Cool Travel Tips for Visiting New Orleans
An embodiment of a cultural and culinary art amalgamation of the trio reflecting the French, African, and American origins -New Orleans is a bustling city found on the banks of the Mississippi river at hand of the Gulf of Mexico. The city is also called “Big Easy”, it has very colourful streets and buildings and famous for the unstoppable nightlife with great music. It is a musical city with vibrant festivities and high spirited celebrations in Mardi Gras which is a popular carnival with colourful costumes and street parties. So let’s take a look at some cool travel tips for having fun in the city of New Orleans.
The city has unique architectural designs known as the reflection of the Spanish creole establishments, the city is the largest in Louisiana and most popular in the U.S for its spectacular round-the-clock nightlife. It is actually an island between two rivers the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain. Though it has a great history that dates back to 300 years it is an urban place with amazing conceptual buildings and noteworthy places to visit. The tourists can’t get enough of exploring the culture, holiday spots, and mouth-watering cuisine. The city has also a fast-paced lifestyle where the tourists can opt for special stylish modern boutique hotels to stay in New Orleans.
Cool travel tips for the Best places to visit in New Orleans are:
The authenticity of New Orleans can’t be seen in any other place than Frenchmen street. This is a place where you can find live music, plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs contrastingly many art galleries too. It is a famous tourist attraction because there are eateries and options to drink at affordable prices.
The Palace Market nearby is open every day from 7 in the evening to 1. p.m. where you can find the local handmade art and jewellery. If you are a person who is looking for lesser crowds then this is the option as Frenchmen street has comparatively less crowd than Bourbon Street and for the music lovers, there are specific Jazz bars. It is basically a four-block stretch that covers everything for entertainment. Located in the Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood in New Orleans it is quite accessible with walking distance nevertheless transportation is available easily. Experience the eclectic nightlife at DBA New Orleans with excellent choices of beer, the spotted cat, apple barrel which is the most popular among the locals, blue Nile, snug harbour, and many more.
The French Quarter
One of the best ways to experience New Orleans is to start your journey here. The lively neighbourhood offers the best tourist experience and is known as the heart of the city with historical monuments, history and heritage. An amusing fact, the names of the streets are in French. The cobblestone streets are unusual, distinct and unique with narrow lanes and attractions like Jackson Square, Faulkner house books and the cabildo.
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Feel the charm of the city while you take a stroll through the neighbourhoods. The architecture is amazing, designed with baroque ironwork with plants hung from the ceilings. Also find beautiful courtyards and to top it off, there are bubbling fountains. The French Quarter is also a party hub. You will find many artists and performers sitting across the street. If you are into fortune telling and horoscopes there are fortune tellers throughout the streets. The nightlife is pretty loud and noisy, so if you want to experience a calm neighbourhood you can opt for a day tour which also has some interesting experiences like Mule-drawn Carriage Tours through Decatur Street. This area will give you a contrasting perspective and yu may enjoy the steamboat Natchez cruise which is an easily accessible.
The National WWII Museum
Take 2 hours or a half-day tour to spend time in the National Museum which does not require you to be a history buff. It has an amazing collection of artefacts and films with educational information to help the audience understand many aspects of the war. Many documentaries are present in the museum through narratives by the civilians and soldiers telling their experiences. The amazing 4D movie ‘beyond all boundaries’ is a must-watch. This incredible museum is open every day morning from 9 a.m. to evening 5 p.m. which is located at the magazine Street in Warehouse district. There is an entry fee for adults and children from ages 5 to 12 however, some exhibits and entrance to the victory theatre will be charged extra.
Saint Louis Cathedral
Spend one or two hours of your time in this charming landmark of the French quarter. The Saint Louis Cathedral, is the most popular landmark in New Orleans. The origin of this amazing Church dates back to early 1700. It has been renovated thrice and it is still in use. Tourists and visitors can experience many cultural events and concerts that happen in the cathedral. The visitors have described it as ‘beautiful inside out’ and insist on visiting the amazing place. While you take a tour of the cathedral you would also stroll through the old Ursuline Convent and Saint Anthony Garden to look at the statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus. The memory of 30 French ships crew died to yellow fever in 1857 the garden has a memorial of it.
Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras is a world-famous festival that celebrates the feasts of Epiphany with colourful and flamboyant costumes. However, if you cannot make it to the official festivities and Carnival parades during Mardi Gras in February, you can still catch up with the behind-the-scenes at Mardi Gras World. Here they offer a deeper and closer look at the costumes and decorations used. The warehouse workshop contains an interesting attraction that showcases the old clothes in storage and there is a guided tour through the maze of props. You can also watch films and presentations about the festival’s history. It is located on the banks of Mississippi river; open all days of the week with entrance fees for adults children and senior citizens. Tickets that you buy will take you through places downtown in a free shuttle ride in the French quarter.
Indulge in unique and authentic cuisines at local restaurants while you are touring the best places in town like Stanley of New Orleans, Streetcar Café, Ruby Slipper, Criollo Restaurant, French Toast, Cafe Envie, and be sure to dig into blueberry scones, beignets, PO-boys, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, and many more dishes famous to New Orleans.