Our Five Days in New Orleans. NOLO
New Orleans truly something for everyone.
New Orleans might be known for the colorful Mardi Gras, and the energetic Bourbon Street, where non-stop partying is a given. Still, the city has an immense historical significance, impressive architecture, delectable gastronomy and an array of experiences for every type of traveler.
Day One, Getting Settled
Day one is all about getting settled, finding your hotel and grabbing a shower before exploring the city. Since there are plenty of lodging options around New Orleans, take your time to get to know the neighborhood. There are many choices from three star to five star. Choose what you feel is best for you.
Ask around and have a meal in a local eatery near you.
After a quick meal, find the closest bus station to ride the streetcar that runs along St. Charles Avenue from the Old Quarter to Audubon Park. The green streetcar has been running since 1835, and it’s great for getting a sense of the city.
After a quick tour around the city center, spend the evening at Bourbon Street; you know you want to experience the most vibrant night scene in the country!
Day Two, the Garden District
We hope you didn’t have too much to drink because today is all about historical architecture. The Garden District has some best-preserved historic mansions in the country, and the district lives to its name – each house was initially planned to have an extensive garden around it. Some still do and what a sight to behold. It looks like a time passed.
Enjoy a soothing walk through this gorgeous neighborhood, and once you’re hungry, head to the Commander’s Palace. Founded in 1880, this is one of the most famous restaurants in the city. Get ready for quite a meal! Try the Creole Gumbo or the Louisiana crawfish tossed with creamy linguine.
Day Three, Audubon Park
The municipal park in Uptown New Orleans is near the Garden District, so you know the way. This lovely recreation spot is an oasis between the busy streets of New Orleans. This is the spot, or sit to admire the diverse lagoons while people watching. Walk around the 350-acre park and while you’re in the neighborhood, have lunch at Tartine just a few blocks to the west across Broadway Street.
Spend the rest of the day visiting the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium; they’re worth your time. Named after 19th-century naturalist John James Audubon, it’s only natural to see plenty of wildlife calling the park home. Now that you know that you should play trivia and when that question comes up you will say you know.
Day Four, New Orleans Ghosts and the French Quarter
If you’re a thrill-seeker or a history buff, then you want to explore New Orleans’s darkest side. There are at least half a dozen ghost tours you can take to explore some of the most haunted yet beautiful manors in town. There’s even a voodoo tour, a window to an extraordinary world we know little off. African traditions play a significant role in New Orleans.
After a hearty lunch, visit the St. Louis Cemetery in the French Quarter, not for the spooks but for the marvelous marble chambers and the intriguing history going back for centuries. More than a thrill, this is an inspiring experience.
If you’re not feeling like ghost hunting, spend day four exploring the exquisite French Quarter. Dining options abound!
Day Five, Sit Back and Relax
New Orleans wouldn’t be the same without music, so today we’re visiting the Jazz Museum, a historical site in its own right and a great way to meet the city’s greatest honky-tonk musicians.
End your trip to New Orleans with a dining experience with live jazz music on a steamboat cruise along the Mississippi River. This is an experience foodie, history lovers, boat enthusiasts and jazz fanatics will remember for a long time.
That’s New Orleans in five days. You’ll surely agree the city has something for everyone, which means five days will never be enough to see it all. Chances are you’ll love the Crescent City so much you’ll want to move in! Come spend the holidays, and you’ll see what we mean.
Note while there we did not see the cast of NCSIS
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