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New OrleansUnited States of America

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 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.

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Where to stay in New Orleans

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

French Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(9,221 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and great live music are just a few highlights of French Quarter. Make a stop by Bourbon Street or Jackson Square while you're exploring the area.

French Quarter
Canal Street showing a city and street scenes

Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(8,219 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and great live music are just a few highlights of Central Business District. Make a stop by Canal Street or Harrah's New Orleans Casino while you're exploring the area.

Central Business District
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.

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport

3.5/5Good!(2,371 area reviews)

Travelers come to Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Lafreniere Park and Pontchartrain Center while you're in town.

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport
Uptown Historic District, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Uptown Historic District

4/5Very Good!(263 area 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.

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

Garden District

5/5Exceptional!(40 area reviews)

Unique features of Garden District include the gardens and restaurants. Make a stop by Lafayette Cemetery or Magazine Street while you're exploring the area.

Garden District
National World War II Museum which includes a city, street scenes and a bridge

Arts/Warehouse District

4/5Very Good!(890 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are top of the list for many visitors to Arts/Warehouse District. A stop by National World War II Museum or Louisiana Children's Museum might round out your trip.

Arts/Warehouse District

Top Hotels in New Orleans

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $116 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

This family-friendly New Orleans hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Preservation Hall. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,785 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel-and we loved how quiet it was despite being only a block away from Bourbon street. We had access to the Mississippi, the market, and all of the eateries only a few steps from the hotel. They have a beautiful observation deck near the rooftop pool that gives amazing views of the city ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $129 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,998 reviews)

"Right on Bourbon Street. Very clean and staff was great from checkin to checkout. Will definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is $139 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's New Orleans ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,574 reviews)

"The contemporary finishes to the room along with the amazing views enhance the experience of staying in a hotel room. This became my home away from home. I'll be back whenever I return to New Orleans."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

The Westin New Orleans
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.

Vacation Rentals in New Orleans

Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
4 out of 5
925 Common Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is $58 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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

4.1/5Very Good! (86 reviews)

"Great location, spacious apartment, very helpful customer service."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Canal Express Studios
Canal Express Studios
3 out of 5
4333 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA

Located in Mid-City, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Canal Street, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and Jackson Square. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Cafe ...

3.8/5Good! (180 reviews)
Home sweet Home

"Excellent place to stay, very homely!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Canal Express Studios
Domio Baronne St
Domio Baronne St
4 out of 5
888 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA

Located in Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of National World War II Museum, Smoothie King Center, and Canal Street. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (110 reviews)

"I will definitely stay here again. The room was everything that I dreamed of. Very clean and comfortable. The view from the private was beautiful. I can’t wait to stay here again soon."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Domio Baronne St
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.

Popular places to visit in New Orleans

Canal Street
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Canal Street

4/5(7,943 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.

Port of New Orleans
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Port of New Orleans

4.5/5(3,614 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in New Orleans with a trip to Port of New Orleans. Experience the renowned jazz scene and great live music in this walkable area.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

4.5/5(2,731 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during your trip to New Orleans. Discover the top-notch restaurants and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

4/5(1,220 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in New Orleans. Experience the fascinating museums and great live music in this walkable area.

Harrah's New Orleans Casino
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Harrah's New Orleans Casino

4/5(2,711 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Harrah's New Orleans Casino where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in New Orleans? Experience the great live music and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

National World War II Museum
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National World War II Museum

4.5/5(2,529 reviews)

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

Top things to do in New Orleans

Daytime Riverboat Jazz Cruise
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Daytime Riverboat Jazz Cruise

$38
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Evening Riverboat Jazz Cruise
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Evening Riverboat Jazz Cruise

$50
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour

$22
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans (With Transportation)
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Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans (With Transportation)

$62
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour

$20
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Mister Gregory's Famous Shrimp Boil and a Show
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Mister Gregory's Famous Shrimp Boil and a Show

$91
Per adult

Reviews of New Orleans

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 34.61149673158569%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.523350630096368%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.9906327919671137%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5256418896152032%

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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

People are friendly and food is delish no matter where you decide to go for a bite.

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