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What travelers to New Orleans are saying

Went to New Orleans mainly to go to the Jazz and Heritage Festival which is always a terrific event with many music headliners and all kinds of great music. New Orleans has lots to offer - great food, music, and historic sites!
Kenneth D. 25 Apr 2015
This was our second trip to New Orleans and we will be going back every year for a week vacation. It won't be for Jazz Fest as we were not impressed with the way things were set up. We will be back for Mardi Gras or Halloween.
Theresa J. 5 May 2015

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.


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.


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.


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

Hotels in New Orleans

Recommended hotels

From US$122


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!
27 Jan 2015
From US$214

2 Hotel Monteleone

5 stars
5.0 / 5 4 reviews

214 Royal Street Map

Hotel Monteleone welcomes travellers to a historic and stylish retreat set in the heritage-rich French Quarter. Holidaymakers at this New Orleans property can easily explore entertainment... More

Grest ambience
Lovely charming hotel with great ammenities and in a wonderful location.
1 Aug 2014
From US$146

3 Quality Inn & Suites Maison St. Charles

3 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

1319 St. Charles Ave. Map

Quaint Garden District charm on the historic St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line. Select service hotel comprised of three modern buildings and several Antebellum homes which house Historic Suites.... More

Excelent hotel for a short stay in New Orleans
Perfectly situated in the Garden district, on the old streetcar line towards Canal Street/French Quarter. Outside of the hotel looks a bit shabby (maintainance needed!), but the (renovated) rooms...
3 Jul 2014
From US$133

4 La Quinta Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown

3 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

301 Camp St Map

La Quinta Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown provides quality accommodation with personalised services. The hotel enjoys an ideal location that places it in proximity to many attractions. Audubon... More

Very good
Good hotel clean with all the confort. Near bourbon street, good wifi
30 Sep 2015
From US$116

5 Hampton Inn New Orleans-Downtown French Qtr Area

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

226 Carondelet Street Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Providing a luxurious yet comfortable setting, the Hampton Inn New Orleans-Downtown gives you an opportunity to experience its elite standard of service and amenities that creates a productive and... More

From US$226

6 Hotel Mazarin

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

730 Rue Bienville Map

Book Now to Receive Complimentary Wifi and Water

Secluded in privacy, yet very easily accessible, Hotel Mazarin is a luxury French Quarter hotel offering you well-appointed accommodation and services to give you an experience of a lifetime. ... More

Great Hotel a stone throw from Bourbon St
The Mazarin is a well appointed hotel in the French Qyr of New Orleans. One of the nicest and largest rooms I've ever stayed in. The balcony corridors overlooking the courtyard made it a little...
22 Jul 2014
From US$115

7 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter, LA

3 stars
4.6 / 5 8 reviews

315 Magazine Street Map

Save 15% on your stay

Housed in a 19th-century building, Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter seamlessly fuses old world charm with modern conveniences. This charming hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana offers... More

French Quarter Fringe
First room was smoky which was strange for a non smoking hotel, and king bed as booked not available but quickly resolved with an complimentary upgrade. Short stroll to trolley bus and Bourbon Street.
24 Nov 2014
From US$116

8 French Market Inn

3 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

509 Decatur St. Map

Hotel offers Free WiFi

French Market Inn invites tourists to charming accommodations with an old-world colonial ambience in the heart of the famous Louisiana old district. The central location of this New Orleans hotel... More

Comfortable hotel in awesome location
I really enjoyed staying at the French Market Inn in New Orleans. It was just a few blocks to Bourbon Street, bars, cafes, shops and Jackson Square. The room was clean and very comfortable, the...
19 Aug 2015
From US$148

9 Hotel St. Marie

3 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

827 Toulouse Street Map

Hotel offers Free WiFi

Housed in a French Quarter-inspired architecture fused with up-to-date facilities, Hotel St. Marie French Quarter New Orleans makes for a cosy retreat for corporate and leisure travellers in this... More

From US$144

10 Q & C Hotel/Bar

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

344 Camp Street Map

Completely reimagined for 2014 - Newly renovated.

Capturing the charming atmosphere of early 1900's found in the city of New Orleans, Q & C Hotel/Bar is a perfect get away where you can experience the warmth and graciousness of the staff. ... More

Great stay in New Orleans
Away from the hustle of Bourbon Street but close enough to walk and be there in 5 minutes. Most staff were very friendly. Housekeeping were a bit inattentive at times. The little things like the...
15 May 2015
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