If life has got you down, take a load off your shoulders in New Orleans, Louisiana, known conveniently as “The Big Easy.” Sounds good already. While other Southern cities might call post-dusk merry-making “nightlife,” New Orleans just calls it “life.” Maybe that’s because you can eat your fill of savoury Creole, African and Cajun cuisine and top off your tummy with French-inspired beignets and café au lait. Or maybe those devil-may-care vibes have something to do with the warm, balmy weather or the mystery and magic that waits around every corner. Want to find out for yourself? Pack breezy bayou-wear and catch one of our Wotif flights to New Orleans.
New Orleans has two main landscapes—swampland and city. When you’re on the lookout for New Orleans hotels, keep this in mind. If you want to spend quiet mornings chilling with pelicans, stay near the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. But if you want to keep company with animals of the party variety, book accommodation in the French Quarter.
Things to Do in New Orleans
Step back in time at the National WWII Museum and Historic New Orleans Collection, a museum filled with artefacts from pre-Civil War life to the present day. When you’re ready to explore the many curves of “The Crescent City,” take a streetcar through the Garden District for a ride on the gentile side of Southern living before you run headlong into Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, where you can watch parade floats take their flamboyant shapes before your eyes. If you can’t make it to the world-famous Fat Tuesday celebration, then floats followed by an evening kicking back on the waterfront is the next best thing—walk through a haunted cemetery to cap the night and you’re golden. If you stay in the French Quarter, you’ll have access to more than a party scene. Taste, shop and people-watch your way around Jackson Square and go on a treasure hunt through the boutiques on Royal Street. Still not sold? Head to Frenchmen Street in the St. Roch neighbourhood, where you can rest up in Victorian accommodation in New Orleans’s live music hub. Jazz makes a great lullaby.
Getting To & Around New Orleans
Speaking of jazz, touch down at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), about 24 km west of downtown. Once you’ve made it to the city centre, public transportation can get you to every stop on your itinerary, with a fleet of buses and rail lines at your command. So catch a cab or car hire for the commute to your hotel in New Orleans and decide how you want to see the city from there.
Best Time to Visit New Orleans
If you want to see some serious cutting loose during Mardi Gras, plan ahead, because you aren’t the only one who loves mild coastal weather and a good time. Alternatively, September through January are exceptionally pleasant and you won’t have to fight bead-draped tourists for New Orleans accommodation.
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