New Orleans, LA

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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 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

Omni Riverfront Hotel
Omni Riverfront Hotel
4 out of 5
701 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA
The price is $143 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps from The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Julia Street Cruise Terminal. Audubon ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Expedia was horrible to book with"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Omni Riverfront Hotel
Hotel St. Marie
Hotel St. Marie
3.5 out of 5
827 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $159 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in French Quarter, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and French Market. Harrah's New Orleans Casino and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,299 reviews)
"Convenient location to everything we wanted to do. We had a courtyard balcony which was a nice balance to the hustle and bustle street side. Room felt spacious and had nice touches like motion sensor light in closet."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Hotel St. Marie
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $161 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
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. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,625 reviews)
"Very nice staff"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Omni Royal Orleans 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.
Sonder at Duncan Plaza
Sonder at Duncan Plaza
4 out of 5
925 Common Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is $91 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Saenger Theatre. Joy Theater ...
4/5 Very Good! (125 reviews)
"It was our first time in New Orleans and our stay at the Sonder was wonderful! It was exceptionally clean, spacious, and close to everything! The best part about Sonder (for me) was the ease of communication with representatives on the Sonder App. Any questions/concerns are answered almost immediately. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

Sonder at Duncan Plaza
Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
3 out of 5
317 N. Rampart, New Orleans, LA
The price is $135 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in French Quarter, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saenger Theatre, Louis Armstrong Park, and Preservation Hall. Jackson Square and French ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,013 reviews)
"Awesome to be close enough to walk to Bourbon but far enough away that its quiet and relaxing"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
Sonder at The Jung
Sonder at The Jung
3.5 out of 5
Canal Street, LaSalle, New Orleans, LA
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Joy Theater, and Saenger Theatre. Tulane University ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (245 reviews)
"It was spacious and had everything we needed to have a comfortable stay. The location is a bit far from Bourbon Street compared to other locations (totally walkable)."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Sonder at The Jung
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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