New Orleans Guide

A favourite destination for many visitors to the South is New Orleans, or ‘The Big Easy’ as it is affectionately known. Straddling the mighty Mississippi River, this former French colony is one of the most culturally and historically rich cities in the USA.

At the heart of New Orleans, the famous French Quarter is easy to walk around and alive with music bars and great restaurants. Away from the French Quarter, New Orleans’ other wonderful neighbourhoods are easily accessible.

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Home to New Orleans’ rich and famous, the popular Garden District is the place to enjoy the quieter side of the city – it boasts old Victorian and Greek Renaissance homes tucked behind canopies of Spanish moss-draped oak trees.

The Riverfront area, adjacent to the French Quarter, is a great setting to enjoy the mighty Mississippi River; there are sweeping vistas, public art displays, walkways with street performers as well as excellent shopping and dining options.

Things to do in New Orleans

  • Visit the French Quarter’s best jazz and blues bars
  • Go in search of wildlife in the Louisiana Bayous
  • Enjoy a Jazz Cruise on the Mighty Mississippi
  • Wander around the famous Jackson Square
  • Look around the impressive Garden District
  • Explore the many cemeteries in the city
  • Marvel at the beautiful oak trees in Audubon Park
  • Snapback in time at the Laura Plantation
  • Browse the stalls at the French Market
  • Try the culinary delicacies; beignets and gumbo

Getting There

By Road – Memphis 395 miles; Houston 347 miles; Atlanta 470 miles

By Rail –  Memphis 8 hours; Chicago 19 hours; San Antonio 15 Hours

By Air – Direct flights from the UK and most major cities

Getting Around

New Orleans is flat, picturesque and made for walking. There are plenty of taxis, great public transportation and a streetcar ride is as much entertainment as a practical means of getting around!

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