My New Orleans City Guide
We find ourselves visiting New Orleans as often as we can and having been there 7 times myself I can easily say this is one of my top destination in the US. The city has captivated us with its charms, history, and culture. It’s wowed us with its beautiful parks full of live oak trees, above ground cemeteries, colorful shotgun style homes, and magical courtyards. It’s entertained us with jazz-filled clubs, parades, street performers and just being one of the best places for people watching in the US.
Also, it’s home to some delicious Cajun and Creole food, fruity cocktails, and let’s not forget beignets! Those puffy pastries presented on a mound of powdered sugar. Dreamy sigh. Most people know of my love for New Orleans so I am often asked what to do when visiting for the first time. I put together a list of some obligatory places to visit while in town, however, there is so much more to New Orleans than this list. I hope this gets your planning started and encourage you to dig deeper and make the trip yours.
The French Quarter, AKA Vieux Carré
This is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans and where people usually spend most of their time on their first visit. Here you’ll find many of the quintessential New Orleans things to do and see from experiencing the chaos of Bourbon street to the beauty of Jackson Square. There are three areas I recommend in the Quarter that are like epicenters to the suggestions I will make. They are: Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
Spanning thirteen city blocks, Bourbon Street is generally what one things of when they think of New Orleans and Mardi Gras. During the day, the street is relatively quiet but at night it transforms and is packed so full of people you’ll at times have to squeeze through them.
Many people scoff at adding Bourbon Street to your itinerary, but I feel it’s one of those places you need to see at least once. It’s a very New Orleans thing to experience.
One of my favorite things to