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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!(9,219 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 Smoothie King Center 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!(2,369 area reviews)

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

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport
Awesome, authentic Po boys in garden district

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

Warehouse District

4/5Very Good!(890 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are top of the list for many visitors to Warehouse District. A stop by National World War II Museum or BECA Gallery - Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art might round out your trip.

Warehouse District

Top Hotels in New Orleans

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $125 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,679 reviews)

"The classic and elegant look and feel was perfect. Plus the location was amazing."…"

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome
Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome
3.5 out of 5
330 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA
The price is $95 per night

Located in Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Smoothie King Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,169 reviews)

"Room and hotel was clean and pleasant for our stay."…"

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown Superdome
Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE
3.5 out of 5
301 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA
The price is $94 per night

Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps from Bourbon Street and Canal Street. Cafe Du Monde and Mercedes-Benz Superdome are also within 1 mi (2 km). New ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,148 reviews)

"Beautiful property right in the French Quarter. Staff was nice and helpful, chatted with us and gave us recommendations for food and things to see. Clean rooms, if you can get a room with balcony do it. Nice little view of French Quarter. Would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on May 31, 2020

Holiday Inn FRENCH QUARTER-CHATEAU LEMOYNE

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.

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 great live music in this walkable 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 fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Cafe Du Monde
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Cafe Du Monde

4.5/5(7,567 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Cafe Du Monde, a favorite shopping spot in Vieux Carre District. Discover the top-notch restaurants and renowned jazz scene 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.

Mardi Gras World
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Mardi Gras World

4.5/5(1,177 reviews)

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

Top things to do in New Orleans

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

90% of travellers recommend
$38
Per adult
Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans (With Transportation)
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Cajun Bayou & Swamp Tour - New Orleans (With Transportation)

94% of travellers recommend
$62
Per adult
New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Expert Guide
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New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Expert Guide

84% of travellers recommend
$59
Per adult
New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, Vampire, and French Quarter Tour

86% of travellers recommend
$25
Per adult
The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass
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The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass

82% of travellers recommend
$74
Per adult
French Quarter VIP Pub Crawl
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French Quarter VIP Pub Crawl

$22
Per adult

Reviews of New Orleans

4.5

Top Destination

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4 - Good 34.616162296960304%
3 - Okay
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2 - Disappointing 0.9907663274246815%
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1 - Terrible 0.5189728381748332%

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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There may not be any other city as integral to America’s musical history as New Orleans. The city on the …

There may not be any other city as integral to America’s musical history as New Orleans. The city on the …
There may not be any other city as integral to America’s musical history as New Orleans. The city on the …
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Immerse yourself in the heritage of New Orleans

Immerse yourself in the heritage of New Orleans
Immerse yourself in the heritage of New Orleans
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Drink well in the Big Easy

Drink well in the Big Easy
Drink well in the Big Easy
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The lowdown on the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans

The lowdown on the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans
The lowdown on the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans
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Let the good times roll with this handy guide.

Let the good times roll with this handy guide.
Let the good times roll with this handy guide.

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