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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

Hotels in New Orleans

Recommended hotels

From US$102

1 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

From US$84

2 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!
27 Jan 2015
From US$122

3 Le Pavillon Hotel

5 stars
4.7 / 5 11 reviews

833 Poydras Street Map

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The historic Le Pavillon Hotel New Orleans invites business and leisure travellers to royal-themed accommodations with timeless decor and priceless fittings conveniently situated in the heart of... More

A good place to stay
The hotel is unique, clean and generally well kept. The rooms are a bit small but comfortable. All staff, except one, were very friendly and helpful and provided impeccable service. However, it is...
21 Jun 2014
From US$97

4 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$69

5 Aloft New Orleans Downtown

3 stars
3.5 / 5

225 Baronne Street Map

Rate Includes breakfast

Celebrate your style at Aloft New Orleans Downtown, a hip new hotel in this culturally rich citys central business district. We offer easy-breezy access to corporate offices, the biomedical... More

From US$77

6 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.
3 Feb 2014
From US$86

7 La Quinta Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown

3 stars
2.0 / 5 1 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

From US$145

8 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
15 Jun 2014
From US$120

9 Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

4 stars
3.0 / 5 3 reviews

124 Royal Street Map

Summer Sale - Save 25% on your stay

With modern and cosy spaces centrally located in the historic French Quarter, Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter makes for an ideal starting point for holidaymakers in the vibrant city of New... More

Short vacation
Stayed for 2 Nights, location is great, but the second night we return to our room at 11PM, and there was no water for toilet, showering etc.. and we received no information from the hotel staff....
27 May 2015
From US$98

10 Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville

4 stars
4.8 / 5 5 reviews

910 Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

TheCourtyard New Orleans Downtown Iberville Hotel is a historic Vieux Carre hotel, where the gracious Southern decor of the old world blends easily with all the modern world amenities you would... More

Great stay
Awesome location, just a block from Bourbon Street. Rooms are cleaned and remodeled. We enjoyed our stay at the hotel and would definitely return.
30 Dec 2014
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