Escape to New Orleans! Enjoy its live music, entertainment, and jazz scene.

Visit New Orleans during spring Carnival season for one of the world’s most exuberant Mardi Gras celebrations. Explore this exciting city in any season to enjoy its music and signature foods.

The “Big Easy” has more than 80 music clubs. Walk along the streets of the French Quarter to listen to jazz and other genres in the birthplace of music greats Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis. Preservation Hall offers intimate acoustic concerts more than 350 nights a year. Find a zydeco dance club and shimmy to the sounds of accordions and washboards.

In the restaurants around Jackson Square sample the city’s distinctive dishes, including spicy jambalaya, catfish po’boys, blackened Cajun specialties, sugar-covered beignets and sweet tea. Look up at the three spires of the St. Louis Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church standing where worshippers have gathered since 1727. Next door, the Cabildo museum provides a look at important pieces of the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Tour the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and its Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orlean’s City Park.

For a glimpse of the country’s past, visit the National World War II Museum. Listen to oral histories, see life-size photographs and inspect recovered artifacts. View tombs of local families at the gothic Lafayette Cemetery, established in 1833.

Have outdoor fun with boating or fishing on Lake Pontchartrain and indoor fun watching the New Orleans Saints playing football in the Superdome. See the exotic animals at the Audubon Zoo and watch colorful butterflies in its Butterfly Park.

Watch floats being made at Mardi Gras World overlooking the wide Mississippi River. Leading up to Easter every year, individual krewes of New Orleans stage more than 50 parades and concerts over several weeks in celebration of Mardi Gras. Put on a colorful costume and catch some beads thrown from floats to join the Carnival fun in the exciting city of New Orleans.

Known for

Live Music, Dancing and Entertainment

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Where to stay in New Orleans

French Quarter
French Quarter which includes street scenes, a city and heritage architecture

French Quarter

Known for Live Music, Dancing, Jazz

4.5/5(7,353 reviews)

One of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods is popular for an ecclectic blend of romantic history, stunning architecture, jazz and black arts.

Central Business District
New Orleans featuring music, nightlife and interior views

Central Business District

Known for Live Music, Dancing, Entertainment

4.5/5(6,541 reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and great live music are just a few highlights of Central Business District. Make a stop by Canal Street or Smoothie King Center while you're exploring the area.

Garden District
Garden District featuring flowers, a house and a garden

Garden District

Known for Gardens, Live Music, Dancing

5/5(31 reviews)

This historic area was named to remember the plantation lands upon which the city was built.

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport
Shhh. Don't spread the word too far because this place is already always packed. It's a small, unassuming spot not far from the airport in Kenner. If you're staying out that way stop in for a couple of cold ones, delicious oysters at $6.95 a dozen and various and assorted delicacies like fried alligator, po'boys or go for a while Swamp Platter.
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Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport

Known for Shopping, Dining, Baseball

3.5/5(1,910 reviews)

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Esplanade Mall and Lafreniere Park while in the area.

Warehouse District
Warehouse District - Convention Center which includes markets and signage

Warehouse District

Known for Live Music, Dancing, Museums

4/5(694 reviews)

Get to the heart of modern New Orleans and explore renovated warehouses and modern galleries in this chic district.

Uptown Historic District
Awesome, authentic Po boys in garden district
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Uptown Historic District

Known for Live Music, Dancing, Architecture

4/5(197 reviews)

The abundant dining options and colorful gardens are top of the list for many visitors to Uptown Historic District. A stop by Magazine Street or Prytania Theatre might round out your trip.

Top Hotels in New Orleans

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza
Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza
3 out of 5
201 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA
$69
per night
Nov 18 - Nov 19

Located in Central Business District, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Saenger Theatre and Decatur ...

3.8/5Good! (2,454 reviews)

"Had a great stay, staff accommodating and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA
$119
per night
Nov 19 - Nov 20

Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and Louis Armstrong Park. Canal Street and Jackson ...

4.2/5Excellent! (5,030 reviews)

"Located 2 blocks off Bourbon Street so it is quieter and less congested."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Maison Dupuy Hotel
B on Canal
B on Canal
4 out of 5
1300 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
$101
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Located in Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Joy Theater, Canal Street, and Saenger Theatre. Bourbon Street and Royal Street are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (1,641 reviews)

"Older hotel it was clean staff friendly . I would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

B on Canal

Popular things to do in New Orleans

National World War II Museum
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National World War II Museum

4.5/5(2,098 reviews)

Personal accounts, films and artifacts provide a thorough and informative look at World War II.

Jackson Square
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Jackson Square

4.5/5(6,891 reviews)

This communal park in the French Quarter has a deep-rooted connection to local artists and musicians.

French Market
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French Market

4.5/5(6,103 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to French Market, a popular shopping spot in Vieux Carre District. Discover the top-notch restaurants and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

Audubon Park
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Audubon Park

4.5/5(1,023 reviews)

Bask in a beautiful and historic green space that is also home to several major attractions, including a zoo, a golf course and stables.

Canal Street
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Canal Street

4.5/5(6,589 reviews)

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Mardi Gras World
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Mardi Gras World

4.5/5(977 reviews)

Get an inside view into preparations for one of the world’s most famous annual festivals.

Top activities in New Orleans

Steamboat Natchez Daytime River Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Daytime River Jazz Cruise

$36

Hop aboard an authentic steam-powered sternwheel paddle boat bound for the Mississippi River and waterfront views of New Orleans. While you cruise, experience the magic of days gone by as the a live jazz band sets the tone with catchy tunes and Dixieland favorites.

New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, Vampire, and Witches Tour
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New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, Vampire, and Witches Tour

$16

Catch sight of spirits and tantalize yourself with tales of ghosts, voodoo, and vampires during our most popular walking tour of the French Quarter. Travel to several of the city's most haunted locations, soaking up stories about the Ghost, Voodoo, Vampires & Witches….

Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise

$49

Step aboard one of last authentic steam-powered sternwheelers for a memorable cruise around New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Hear stories of the Big Easy's rich history as you tap your feet to acclaimed live jazz music from the Dukes of Dixieland.

Tour 2 Plantations w/ Transportation from New Orleans
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Tour 2 Plantations w/ Transportation from New Orleans

$89

Take an eye-opening look into American history with visits to your choice of 2 of 3 prominent plantation homes (Whitney, Oak Alley or Laura Plantations) along the Mississippi riverfront.

Audubon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas Combo Tickets
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Audubon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas Combo Tickets

$42

Uncover the wild side of the Big Easy as you visit friendly creatures at 2 of the city's attractions. Check out the massive mammals and creepy crawlies at Audubon Zoo and then enjoy an intriguing look at underwater species with a day spent at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Tales from the Tombs
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Tales from the Tombs

$18

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, 425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA Guests will be guided on a tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1. Duration: 45 minutes

Reviews of New Orleans

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

FOOD. IS. AMAZING. Honestly, some of the best food you'll ever try. Bourbon street can be slightly sketchy at night, so don't travel alone!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 19, 2019

Honeymoon trip. Did several tours and enjoyed ourselves. Could have been cleaner on the streets

5/5 - Excellent

Von

Oct 19, 2019

We travel internationally often but New Orleans by far was one of the best domestic trips we’ve ever had. Comparatively, the food here is AMAZING!!! The seafood was better than the Caribbean.

4/5 - Good

TimB

Oct 19, 2019

New Orleans never changes. (First trip was back in the 80s.) It's fun, silly and unique...and NEVER boring!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 19, 2019

BB King’s was my favorite place to eat. Awesome live music.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 18, 2019

Tons of entertainment. My fave was dining with live music.

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10 of the Best Bars in New Orleans
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10 of the Best Bars in New Orleans

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Ghosts, Vampires & Voodoo: The Supernatural Side of New Orleans
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Ghosts, Vampires & Voodoo: The Supernatural Side of New Orleans

Murderous madames, blood-thirsty vampires, voodoo vixens—not all of New Orleans’ inhabitants are with the living.

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