New Orleans, LA

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Bourbon Street which includes street scenes, nightlife and a city

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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.

Where to stay in New Orleans

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

French Quarter

4.5/5(9,221 area reviews)

Historic buildings and lively atmosphere entice tourists and locals alike, offering live music, street performances, and vibrant nightlife. Must-see spots include Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Café du Monde.

French Quarter
Canal Street showing a city and street scenes

New Orleans Central Business District

4.5/5(8,219 area reviews)

Dynamic and mixed-use, this neighborhood boasts professional offices, historic buildings, and numerous restaurants and clubs. Explore museums like the National WWII Museum and Ogden Museum of Southern Art, or visit Harrah's Casino and Piazza d'Italia.

New Orleans Central Business District
Garden District featuring flowers, a house and a garden

Garden District

5/5(40 area reviews)

Well-preserved historic mansions and striking architecture define this area. Explore Colonel Short's Villa, George Washington Cable House, and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, or shop at The Rink, with easy streetcar access on St. Charles Avenue.

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

Arts/Warehouse District

4/5(890 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and fascinating museums, there's plenty to explore in Arts/Warehouse District. You can visit top attractions like National World War II Museum and Confederate Memorial Hall Museum, and jump on the metro at St. Charles at Julia Stop or Saint Charles at Saint Joseph Stop to see more of the city.

Arts/Warehouse District
St Louis Cemetery

Mid-City District

While you're in Mid-City District, take in top sights like Fair Grounds Race Course or Mahalia Jackson Theater, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Canal at White Stop or Canal at Salcedo Stop.

Mid-City District
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Lower Garden District

4/5(482 area reviews)

Lower Garden District is highly notable for its beautiful gardens, and you might want to visit top sights like Port of New Orleans and National World War II Museum. See more of New Orleans by jumping on the metro at St. Charles at St. Andrew Stop or St. Charles at Josephine Stop.

Lower Garden District
Old 77 Hotel
Old 77 Hotel
4 out of 5
535 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA
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The price is $83 per night from May 30 to May 31
$83
$114 total
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May 30 - May 31
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Old 77 Hotel
Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Qtr - Astor
Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Qtr - Astor
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street at Bourbon, New Orleans, LA
The price is $108 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
$108
$127 total
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Jun 2 - Jun 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in New Orleans. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
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Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Qtr - Astor
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
4 out of 5
124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $119 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
$119
$140 total
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Jun 2 - Jun 3
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Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter
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