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General Information

The destructive forces of Hurricane Katrina and Rita drew precisely the wrong kind of attention to New Orleans in 2005. The Crescent City soon became the poster child for federal government neglect and perhaps ultimately, poor urban development and incompetent levee construction. As Hurricane Gustav hit land in 2008, the evacuation of 2 million additional inhabitants of New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico area again put the city in world focus.

Lost in the tropical storm coverage however is the singular fact that as a cultural city, New Orleans is a crucial component in the fabric of the United States. The Big Easy has a musical and culinary heritage with influence the world over and from Cajun to Creole culture, Mardi Gras to fusion architecture, the city is peerless.

New Orleans History

  • National World War II Museum – See historic exhibits and artefacts from the battles of Normandy and D-Day.
  • Steamboat Natchez – Take a ride on an authentic Louisiana steamboat.
  • LaFayette Cemetery – See the final resting place of many historic Garden District residents.
  • Beauregard-Keyes House – Tour the historic French Quarter residence that is nearly 200 old.
  • St Louis Cathedral – The oldest active Catholic cathedral in the United States.

New Orleans Art & Culture

  • Satchmo Summerfest – This August festival commemorates the music and memory of famous New Orleans resident Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.
  • Mardi Gras – New Orleans’ biggest festival, Mardi Gras, is the city’s signature celebration, featuring parades, floats and extravagant costumes.
  • New Orleans Museum of Art – More than 40,000 works of art are on display at this museum located in City Park.
  • Backstreet Cultural Museum – A facility dedicated to all things New Orleans.
  • Contemporary Arts Centre – Hosts art shows, live performances and dance companies regularly during the year.

New Orleans Shopping

  • French Market - A combination of several outdoor markets, including a farmers’ market, a flea market, restaurants and independent vendors.
  • Magazine Street – New Orleans’ biggest shopping destination, Magazine Street is home to both eccentric shops and high-end boutiques.
  • French Quarter – Browse through unique bookstores and clothing stores or enjoy a meal at one of the quarter’s traditional Cajun restaurants.
  • Royal Street – Antique lovers will find the city’s best vintage shops and resellers on this street near the French Quarter.
  • Arts District – The hub of New Orleans’ cultural attractions.

Gay & Lesbian New Orleans

  • Napoleon’s Itch – One of the most popular gay nightclubs on Bourbon Street.
  • Mardi Gras Bourbon Street Awards – Celebrated on Mardi Gras Day each year, this drag queen competition has been held for more than 40 years.
  • Café Lafitte in Exile – The oldest bar and nightclub for gay individuals in America.
  • Gay Easter Parade – An annual celebration of LGBT culture in the French Quarter.
  • Southern Decadence – More than 100,000 people a year come to this festival, nicknamed the “Gay Mardi Gras”.

New Orleans Outdoor

  • Audubon Zoo – The city’s only zoo features exotic animals such as white tigers, whooping cranes and white alligators.
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – Stop by this world-class aquarium that sits directly on the Mississippi River.
  • City Park – Enjoy a picnic in this centrally located historic park.
  • Neighbourhood Walking Tours – Book a guided tour through one of New Orleans’ historic neighbourhoods.
  • Armstrong Park – Named after jazz great Louis Armstrong, this green space is adjacent to the French Quarter.

New Orleans Sport

  • Take a ride on a classic horse and carriage tour.
  • See a New Orleans Saints football game at the Superdome.
  • Book a chartered fishing excursion.
  • Buy tickets to a New Orleans Hornets NBA basketball game.
  • Watch a horse race at the New Orleans Fair Grounds.

Attractions

The French Quarter

The central hub of tourist interest in New Orleans is without a doubt, the French Quarter. The famous district is home to iconic Bourbon Street, the node of Mardi Gras revelry and notable party spot. With 18th century landmarks in close proximity to historic Jackson Square, a walk through the French Quarter is a virtual step back in time and conjures the prose of Tennessee Williams in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The Garden District

A streetcar ride on St. Charles Avenue offers superb looks at one of the most historic and exceptional areas in urban America. Home to the best collection of 19th century plantation estates in the country, the Garden District of New Orleans is a special place.

Confederate Museum

A must for Civil War buffs, the Confederate Museum dates back to 1891 and contains one of the most comprehensive collections of war memorabilia from the era.

New Orleans Museum of Modern Art

A location in City Park provides the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art with cushy environs. The beautiful facility has a vast and eclectic collection of art from every corner of the globe.

Warehouse District

The area familiar to many as the Arts in addition to Warehouse District is a vibrant, hip part of New Orleans where loft art studios and jazz clubs jostle for space with small bars and restaurants.

Events

Mardi Gras

The premier Mardi Gras celebration in North America is what New Orleans is famous for. A number of pre-Lent events that begin in January culminate with the massive party and parade on Mardi Gras, held in the French Quarter sometime between February or early March.

Black Heritage Festival

Held in February as part of Black History Month, the annual Black Heritage Festival celebrates the special African-American heritage of New Orleans with a slew of concerts, exhibits and other events.

Jazz and Heritage Festival

In what may be the best jazz festival in the world, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival draws colossal crowds to the Fair Grounds Race Course every April and May. The site becomes a veritable village for the duration of the festival, with food stalls, crafts vendors and a line-up of musical acts that reads like a Hall of Fame of jazz and popular music legends.

Climate

New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate with brief, mild winters. With hurricane season the main concern for everyone, the late summer months of August and September is the time to avoid the city.

  • Winter (December to February) 6-18°C
  • Spring (March to May) 12-29°C
  • Summer (June to September) 22-33°C
  • Fall (October to November) 11-27°C

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Hotels in New Orleans

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1 Crowne Plaza NEW ORLEANS FRENCH QUARTER

4 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

739 Canal St. @ Bourbon Map

Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter invites travellers on business or leisure trips to affordable and stylish accommodations set in the historic French Quarter in this Louisiana metropolis.... More

Excellent Location
Perfect Location, right on the entry to Bourbon Street, However don't get any of the noise in the room if you are trying to sleep - The perfect Balance! Had a blast!
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2 Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5

228 Poydras Street Map

Blending personalised service and cosmopolitan atmosphere, the Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Hotel caters to the needs of the discerning business and leisure travelers. GeneralHarrah's New... More

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3 Embassy Suites New Orleans - Convention Center

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

315 Julia Street Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

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Descent for the money
The hotel was under construction & made entering & exiting difficult. The evening reception was nice, but you had to wait in line for about 10 minutes for every drink. The breakfast was good...
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4 Hilton New Orleans Riverside

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

Two Poydras Street Map

Rate includes a $50 USD daily hotel credit

Being an ideal place in the city of New Orleans, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel offers a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and convenient facilities to make your stay a memorable one. ... More

New Orleans by the river
A great riverside location just minutes away from the busting Bourbon Street. Above the outlet centre and across the road from the Casino. Access to the gym or wifi connectivity is not included in...
23 Jun 2015
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5 Royal St. Charles

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

135 St Charles Avenue Map

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Royal St. Charles Hotel offers vacationers and business travellers boutique accommodations along the charming St. Charles Avenue, connected to Royal Street of French Quarter. Visitors can explore... More

Perfect last minute
Overall good value, Great location, close to restaurants, Church, shopping.
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6 Royal Sonesta New Orleans

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

300 Bourbon Street Map

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Offering warm welcome, high standards of comfort as well as excellent service, this modern style property is an oasis of relaxation amid the excitement of the French Quarter and provides an... More

Totally great
Couldn't fault this hotel at all. So perfect and the rooms are amazing
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7 New Orleans Marriott

4 stars
4.0 / 5

555 Canal Street Map

Rate includes breakfast

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8 Hyatt French Quarter

4 stars
4.0 / 5

800 Iberville Street Map

Breakfast for 2, Free Wireless Internet

Holidaymakers visiting New Orleans can discover the roots of blues, a colourful culture and rich past while staying at the historic Hyatt French Quarter Hotel. Tourists can find plenty to do like... More

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9 Bourbon Orleans

4 stars
4.6 / 5 7 reviews

717 Orleans Street Map

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel New Orleans combines the charms of Louisiana with the comfort of modern accommodations. Guests have access to many of New Orleans' best attractions including Cafe du... More

I love this hotel!!
Pros: Complementary drinks at check in, location was ideal, and the staff is fantastic Cons: room was very small and not 100% clean. In saying that, I would definitely go back and recommend.
14 Dec 2014
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10 Inn on St. Peter

3 stars
4.7 / 5 3 reviews

1005 St. Peter Street Map

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Pretty great
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11 Aug 2014
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