How To Spend A Weekend In New Orleans

From the Mississippi to Mardi Gras, Creole cooking to jazz, there’s nowhere quite like New Orleans. Known for its vibrant and colorful music scene as well as its cool, laid-back vibe, coining it ‘The Big Easy’, this is one city every traveler must see when they head to the U.S.

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If you’re planning a trip to the land of opportunity, then no visit would be complete without spending a few days in the city that care forgot. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve compiled a list of the must-see places and experiences to try when spending a weekend in New Orleans.

Must-Try Foods

You don’t need to be a gastronomist or a gourmet cook to appreciate the unique array of flavors available in New Orleans. Here you will be rewarded with seasonings and aromas from around the world transporting you to foodie heaven.

From Creole and Cajun to Italian and Indian, the city offers a fusion of delectable dishes for you to try and titillate your taste buds. When in New Orleans, make sure to sample some of these local favorites:

  • Po’ boys
  • Gumbo
  • Jambalaya
  • Beignets
  • Crawfish
  • Muffuletta

Walking Tours

One of the best ways to see New Orleans is on foot. The city offers Free Walking Tours New Orleans run by locals who can take you through the historical neighborhoods and even offer self-guided walking tours. See the best the city has to offer by booking a walking tour in one or more of these areas:

  • The French Quarter: This easily walkable neighborhood is also one of the oldest in the country. With Spanish, French and American influences running through its streets, the French Quarter has a rich cultural history and has long been a vibrant haven for musicians, artists and bohemians.
  • Garden District: This affluent area in the heart of Uptown is the epitome of southern charm. From its oak-lined streets, beautiful mansions, and streetcars reminiscent of another time, take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city by taking in the lush gardens and desirable addresses of the Garden District.
  • Voodoo Tour: Immerse yourself in the lore and intrigue that surrounds the city’s voodoo history. Visit sacred ceremonial grounds where many of the voodoo practices took place, enter some of the city’s haunted sites and see the resting place of Marie Laveau, the so-called ‘Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.’

Music  

When visiting the birthplace of jazz, you can’t leave without exploring its legendary music scene. Live jazz can be heard spilling out of its many jazz bars and played on its streets, most notably Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood.Whether you have a penchant for Dixieland or Brass band, Ragtime or Swing, New Orleans has something to suit every musical ear.  Take in a live show at one of the bars lined along Bourbon Street or Royal Street while sipping on a signature cocktail from the city.

With a city as diverse and electric as New Orleans, there’ll never be a dull moment in your day. Take these ideas on board and book your trip to this colorful, warm, and welcoming city.

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