New Orleans, LA

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Royal Street featuring street scenes
Listen to jazz at its best, eat spicy Creole food and dress in costume for parades and festivities during Mardi Gras in this fascinating southern U.S. city.

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 Gardenin 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.

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Where to stay in New Orleans

French Market Inn
French Market Inn
3 out of 5
509 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70130
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $119 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$119
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 3-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"The staff was the best part of our stay"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

French Market Inn
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA, 70116
The price is $169 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$169
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,488 reviews)
"The staff at this property were the nicest I’ve experienced yet. I felt like the hotel was my home when I was there. There wasn’t a bunch of fake rehearsed scripts being thrown out. Or the usual policing. I’ve stayed in almost all the hotels in the French quarter and by far this one was the ..."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA, 70116
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$129
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 3.5-star historic hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,101 reviews)
Girls Trip 2022
"Girls trip, the hotel and staff was amazing."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Maison Dupuy Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cozy Condos near French Quarter
Cozy Condos near French Quarter
2.5 out of 5
201 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
Stay at this aparthotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (342 reviews)
"The apartment and accommodations available were very nice. The only exception is the couch definitely should be replaced due to wear and tear. The communication with the manager was very good, the location is very close to a lot of key sites. I’d recommend this as a good place to stay for ..."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Cozy Condos near French Quarter
Sonder at 1500 Canal
Sonder at 1500 Canal
3.5 out of 5
Canal Street, LaSalle, New Orleans, LA, 70112
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and concierge services. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (529 reviews)
"Our stay was excellent 10/10, the only thing was my Wife had an issue with the bed being too low & there was no TV in the bedroom."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Sonder at 1500 Canal
Seabrook Villa
Seabrook Villa
3.5 out of 5
6001 France Rd, New Orleans, LA, 70126
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Bourbon Street and Canal Street ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (138 reviews)
"The property is very nice and staff was really great! The pool looked awesome, though it was too cool to enjoy...they have a crayfish bisque that should not be missed, i wish I would've tried it sooner- I would have enjoyed it every day! I think they should "skim" off the garbage that goes into the ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Seabrook Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around New Orleans

Driving isn’t necessary in New Orleans itself, so don’t worry about renting a car, unless for daytrips. Much of the city can be seen on foot or by bike, following the designated bike paths. As well as the city’s famous streetcars, you can also get around using the city bus network. Buy a Jazzy Pass for discounted rates on all your journeys. Choose from passes valid for one day, three days or five days. Visit the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority website. Browse New Orleans rental cars.

Best time to visit

Mardi Gras, New Orleans’ most famous event, is held in February or March each year, while the huge New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival usually takes place in April and May. Attending these events is an amazing experience, but the crowds are huge, so you may prefer to go for a quieter visit. Come in December or January if you’re interested in a less hectic New Orleans experience and cooler weather.

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Reviews of New Orleans

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler
Jun 7, 2020

Didn’t get to see the true French quarters because all the stores were boarding up because of the protest/riots.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
Jun 5, 2020

Due to COVID amenities at the hotel were closed which was fine. Also I didn’t see any staff but the front desk clerk also due to COVID but they both were very sweet and helpful. I know that if I was able to experience all amenities it Would be nice

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler
Jun 4, 2020

Not really.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
Jun 2, 2020

It is a wonderful city and we will be visiting again soon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
Jun 2, 2020

Most of the busineses were closed due to the Covid19 epidemic, but we still found great takeout food and always, great sightseeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler
May 26, 2020

Amazing hotel.

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