New OrleansUnited States of America

Photo provided by New Orleans CVB / Chris Granger
Photo provided by New Orleans CVB / Chris Granger
Escape to New Orleans! Enjoy its live music, entertainment, and jazz scene.

Visit New Orleans during spring Carnival season for one of the world’s most exuberant Mardi Gras celebrations. Explore this exciting city in any season to enjoy its music and signature foods.

The “Big Easy” has more than 80 music clubs. Walk along the streets of the French Quarter to listen to jazz and other genres in the birthplace of music greats Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis. Preservation Hall offers intimate acoustic concerts more than 350 nights a year. Find a zydeco dance club and shimmy to the sounds of accordions and washboards.

In the restaurants around Jackson Square sample the city’s distinctive dishes, including spicy jambalaya, catfish po’boys, blackened Cajun specialties, sugar-covered beignets and sweet tea. Look up at the three spires of the St. Louis Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church standing where worshippers have gathered since 1727. Next door, the Cabildo museum provides a look at important pieces of the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Tour the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and its Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orlean’s City Park.

For a glimpse of the country’s past, visit the National World War II Museum. Listen to oral histories, see life-size photographs and inspect recovered artifacts. View tombs of local families at the gothic Lafayette Cemetery, established in 1833.

Have outdoor fun with boating or fishing on Lake Pontchartrain and indoor fun watching the New Orleans Saints playing football in the Superdome. See the exotic animals at the Audubon Zoo and watch colorful butterflies in its Butterfly Park.

Watch floats being made at Mardi Gras World overlooking the wide Mississippi River. Leading up to Easter every year, individual krewes of New Orleans stage more than 50 parades and concerts over several weeks in celebration of Mardi Gras. Put on a colorful costume and catch some beads thrown from floats to join the Carnival fun in the exciting city of New Orleans.

Known for

Live Music, Dancing and Entertainment

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Where to stay in New Orleans

French Quarter
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French Quarter

Live Music, Dancing, Jazz

4.5/5 (6,939 Ratings)

One of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods is popular for an ecclectic blend of romantic history, stunning architecture, jazz and black arts.

Garden District
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Garden District

Gardens, Live Music, Dancing

5/5 (29 Ratings)

This historic area was named to remember the plantation lands upon which the city was built.

Warehouse District
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Warehouse District

Live Music, Dancing, Museums

4/5 (665 Ratings)

Get to the heart of modern New Orleans and explore renovated warehouses and modern galleries in this chic district.

Top Hotels in New Orleans

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Maison Dupuy Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA
$109
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
4.2/5Excellent! (4,946 reviews)

Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and Louis Armstrong Park. Canal Street and Jackson ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,946 reviews)

"I liked the fruit infused water and coffee bar! Roy the Concierge was awesome!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Maison Dupuy Hotel
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Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
4 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
$129
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.9/5Very Good! (6,518 reviews)

Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps from Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Audubon Insectarium are also within 5 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (6,518 reviews)

"I did love the room very clean, staff amazing, no microwave or fridge in room or downstairs so don't bring food back unless you want to eat it cold. 2nd floor balcony nice but didn't have any chairs. Overall i did love my stay at the Astor Crowne"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans
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Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza
3 out of 5
201 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA
$76
per night
Sep 25 - Sep 26
3.8/5Good! (2,451 reviews)

Located in Central Business District, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Saenger Theatre and Decatur ...

3.8/5Good! (2,451 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel! Very clean and spacious room! Top customer service at the front desk!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza

Popular things to do in New Orleans

National World War II Museum
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National World War II Museum

4.5/5 (2,034 Ratings)

Personal accounts, films and artifacts provide a thorough and informative look at World War II.

Jackson Square
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Jackson Square

4.5/5 (6,680 Ratings)

This communal park in the French Quarter has a deep-rooted connection to local artists and musicians.

French Market
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French Market

4.5/5 (5,848 Ratings)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to French Market, a popular shopping spot in Vieux Carre District. Discover the lively bars and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

Audubon Park
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Audubon Park

4.5/5 (968 Ratings)

Bask in a beautiful and historic green space that is also home to several major attractions, including a zoo, a golf course and stables.

Canal Street
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Canal Street

4.5/5 (6,265 Ratings)

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Mardi Gras World
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Mardi Gras World

4.5/5 (954 Ratings)

Get an inside view into preparations for one of the world’s most famous annual festivals.

Top activities in New Orleans

Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise

$36

Hop aboard an authentic steam-powered sternwheel paddle boat bound for the Mississippi River and waterfront views of New Orleans. While you cruise, experience the magic of days gone by as the a live jazz band sets the tone with catchy tunes and Dixieland favorites.

New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, Vampire, and Witches Tour
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New Orleans Ghosts, Voodoo, Vampire, and Witches Tour

$16

Catch sight of spirits and tantalize yourself with tales of ghosts, voodoo, and vampires during our most popular walking tour of the French Quarter. Travel to several of the city's most haunted locations, soaking up stories about the Ghost, Voodoo, Vampires & Witches….

Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise

$49

Step aboard one of last authentic steam-powered sternwheelers for a memorable cruise around New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Hear stories of the Big Easy's rich history as you tap your feet to acclaimed live jazz music from the Dukes of Dixieland.

Tour 2 Plantations w/ Transportation from New Orleans
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Tour 2 Plantations w/ Transportation from New Orleans

$89

Take an eye-opening look into American history with visits to your choice of 2 of 3 prominent plantation homes (Whitney, Oak Alley or Laura Plantations) along the Mississippi riverfront.

Audubon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas Combo Tickets
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Audubon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas Combo Tickets

$42

Uncover the wild side of the Big Easy as you visit friendly creatures at 2 of the city's attractions. Check out the massive mammals and creepy crawlies at Audubon Zoo and then enjoy an intriguing look at underwater species with a day spent at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

The Haunted AF French Quarter Tour!
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The Haunted AF French Quarter Tour!

$25

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Madame John's Legacy, 632 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3211 Arguably the second oldest building still standing in the French Quarter. A scene from 'Interview With The Vampire” was filmed here.

Reviews of New Orleans

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
6316
4 - Good
3850
3 - Okay
701
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 19, 2019

Great entertainment on every street. Loved Bourbon Street, Antoines, the oldest Restaurant in N.O., the Rivt Slipper for breakfast, fried alligator, the fried chicken in the convenience store, Frenchmans streey with the live bands, margaritas

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 18, 2019

I love New Orleans, but the trash cans on the sidewalks is nasty.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 18, 2019

My daughter is currently a chef at Commander's Palace in New Orleans. She likes it very much except for horrible experience at the Historic Streetcar Inn. For the same price she could have gone to a clean, safe hostel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 18, 2019

I love the culture but very dirty and smelly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 17, 2019

I've been several times and this time it seemed quieter. It was mid-week and September, so maybe that was why.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 17, 2019

I absolutely love New Orleans! I try to visit as often as I can. The food and the people are so welcoming and I always enjoy myself!

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