New Orleans, The Big Easy, Nola, Crescent City, Nawlins. It doesn't matter what you refer to the city as, most people see it the same way. The mixture of rich cultures, the interesting and long history and most importantly the cuisine. New Orleans is definitely a one of a kind city that'll make you want to return!
Climate: Humid Sub-Tropical
Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
Official Language(s): English
Best Time to Visit: December-February
The Louis Armstrong International Airport is located about 20km from the city centre, which is about 20-25 mins. There are a few options to get to the city centre. Obviously the most convenient option is a taxi. However, taking a cab to the French Quarter costs $36 USD for up to two people, for three or more you will need to add an additional $15 per passenger, plus tipping! There is an airport shuttle which takes you from the airport to different hotels in New Orleans. This service costs $24 USD for one way and $44 for return. The Airport-Downtown Express bus (E2) drops you off near the Superdome and costs only $2 uSD.
Once you are in the city centre it is pretty easy to get around. Most people walk, as it is by far the best way to explore the city. However, Nola is quite muggy, so there are other options like pedicabs, streetcar, Uber/Lyft or taxi. The pedicab starts at $5 for the first 5 blocks and then $1 per block per person plus a tip. The streetcar costs $1.25 but you must have exact change because you cannot get money back. Taxis start at $3.50 and then after each mile it is $2.40. Uber/Lyft is slightly cheaper than taxi fare.
What to See
New Orleans is really intriguing because it's got so much history! There are a lot of free things to do but there are some that require booking in advance like swamp tours and steamboat tours. A lot of the attractions in New Orleans are in close proximity to each other or you can take the streetcar. Obviously, the most popular attraction is the French Quarter because of it's nightlife, colourful buildings and rich history. Within the French Quarter is Bourbon Street, St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and tons of museums. Some of the most famous museums are Mardi Gras World, Museum of Death, Jazz Museum, and the Voodoo Museum.
The Garden District is filled with historic mansions and is also home to the famous Lafayette Cemetery, which has 19th century above ground tombs. St. Louis cemetery is another famous above ground cemetery with tombs belonging to the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, the first mayor of Nola, the first Black mayor of Nola, even Nicolas Cage has a tomb there.
What to Eat & Drink
Southern food is the USA is one of my favourite. There are so many different variations and diverse Creole, French and Cajun foods. If you consider yourself a foodie, Nola has so many great restaurants to explore. There are too many great dishes to choose from, but if you have never been to New Orleans you should probably try the most popular ones.
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Where to Stay
Hotels in New Orleans are quite pricey, however they are located in the most convenient places. Most visitors like to stay in the French Quarter as it is right in the middle of all the action. Although it will set you back a few hundred per night it is definitely worth the price when you can throw beads from your balcony. The Garden District is a great place to stay as it is on the quiet side, so the pace is slower. However, this area can be expensive as well. The Central Business District has cheaper hotel options and is close to the action without the chaos.
Baton Rouge-- As the capital of Louisiana and the 2nd largest city, Baton Rouge is culturally diverse in both music and cues Plus, it is only an hour away from New Orleans.
Lafayette-- This city is known for their music festivals, food and scenery.
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