Explore beyond the French Quarter in America’s best city: New Orleans

New Orleans is more than just a party place: it’s quite possibly the best city in America.

Travel United States of America Brian Webb

This article was published on September 15th, 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana. NoLa. N’awlins. The Big Easy. N.O. Crescent City. No matter what you call it, New Orleans stands, rightfully, as a gem of the American. The constant hostess for world renowned events including Mardi Gras, Halloween, and Southern Decadence, New Orleans is very much a town of celebrations. But there are so much more than parties with NoLa: it’s a make-it-whatever-you-want destination, making it America’s best city to visit in 2019.

Oak Alley Plantation

Louisiana’s largest city is rich in history, having recently celebrated its official 200th birthday in 2018. A former French and Spanish colony, New Orleans has historical landmarks and architecture influences from both countries on their respective sides of the city. Its architecture is distinct and different compared to the rest of the United States, with signature large second, third and fourth story balconies wrapped in wrought iron, often with ferns hanging from them. 

There are, of course, New Orlean’s signature locations. The French Quarter is the Big Easy’s historic core and central tourism area, where you’ll find many of the city’s famous landmarks: Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral, nearby Canal Street, the river walk and mall, St. Louis Cemetery, No. 1 in the French Quarter, and antique / boutique shops in the French Quarter. 

Large, historic homes can be seen when you hop aboard the iconic and historic street cars, both the green and red lines. For just $1.25, the street cars will take you on a journey throughout downtown NoLa and beyond, allowing you to see St. Charles street, Canal street, and the outer parts of New Orleans that you might miss if you never leave the Quarter. You’ll find live music at nearly every corner exploring the city via the street cars.

While you’re in Creole Country, don’t miss out on all of the amazing food & drink New Orleans has to offer. Truly an American gastronomy capital, NoLa has a little something for everyone: Pat O’Brien’s signature hurricane cocktail, Sazerac, Brandy Peach Punch, gumbo, crawfish, jambalaya, muffaletta, po-boy, and bananas foster, begnettes and iced coffee, and more! 

Go on an incredible adventure while you’re here. For spooky times, check out the tours of NoLa’s above ground cemeteries. Go alligator “hunting” on one of the swamp tours. Dive back into the history of the area with a plantation tour. For supernatural escapes, try a voodoo tour. Or something scary with one of the multiple ghost walking tours.

There is incredible night life of New Orleans too. Centered in the French Quarter in and around Bourbon Street, you’ll find mounds of gay bars including 700 Club, Bourbon Pub, Oz, Rawhide, and more. These iconic bars are a great opportunity to connect with the community and toss back a few—you are in New Orleans, after all.

If you’ve been to New Orleans before, get out and explore some of these hot new locations and activities: 

  • Grab a muffalta and a cocktail in a geaux cup and head for a picnic at Crescent Park. 
  • Head to the Music Box Village to bang on the walls of the buildings. It sounds odd, but it is a lot of fun. 
  • Explore City Park and the sculpture garden. 
  • Try the immersive, interactive cocktail experience at the new Sazerac House on Canal Street (opening October 2019).

When it comes to accommodation, you’re best situated to take in all things New Orleans from the historic, boutique Chateau Lemoyne, located in the epicenter of the French Quarter. Where luxury meets comfort, style meets history, and sophistication meets…taking a break from it all and just relaxing…there is no better choice for hotels in the Crescent City than the Chateau Lemoyne.

New Orleans is definitely more than meets the eye and a newly transformed city in the 15+ years since Hurricane Katrina. For all your NoLa travel information, including bookings, tours, hotels, car rentals, and more, Visit New Orleans can help you find everything you need to know about the Big Easy. The fun never ends in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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