New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

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We booked New Orleans on a whim. We were on Skyscanner one day and saw a roundtrip flight for under $150 so we couldn’t pass it up — best decision EVER! New Orleans is one of our favorite places we ever visited. The culture here is so amazing and so different from anywhere else we’ve visited in the USA. There’s live jazz music everywhere you turn, amazing authentic creole food, voodoo spirits, and the infamous nightlife on Bourbon Street. New Orleans has it all which is why we instantly fell in love.

Where to Stay

We stayed in an area called the Garden District because it was cheap and very easily walkable to anywhere you wanted to go. We were a few blocks from the French Quarter which is where the heart of the city is located. We also felt safe in our area which is important in New Orleans, the streets can turn seedy pretty quickly. You definitely want to research whatever area you’re staying in before you book an accommodation to make sure you feel comfortable.

Best Things to Do

  • Walk down Bourbon Street (with a drink in hand if you so choose - drinking on the street is legal in NOLA!)

  • Get lost in the French Quarter

  • Explore around Jackson Square

  • Ride the St. Charles Streetcar to the end and back

  • Feel the spirits at Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo

  • Get the creeps at the Pharmacy Museum

  • Catch some live jazz at Preservation Hall

  • St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 (this one is free to visit, No. 1 is more popular but around $20 per person to enter)

  • Explore City Park

  • Walk along the Mississippi River

  • See some alligators on a swamp tour

Where to Eat & Drink

  • Killer Po’boyz

  • Gumbo Shop

  • Cafe Du Monde

  • Seed

  • Karma Cafe

  • Napolean House

  • Hansen’s Sno Bliz

  • Lafittes Blacksmith Shop Bar

  • Pat O’brien’s Piano Bar (make sure you order a Hurricane!)

  • Erin Rose Bar

  • Oz (Gay bar where we saw an amazing drag show!)

The LGBTQ Scene

New Orleans has an amazing LGBTQ scene. There were lots of rainbow flags flying, a bunch of gay bars, and most importantly we felt very comfortable being ourselves there. The southern states in the US are known for not being the most accepting of the LGBTQ community, but here in New Orleans we felt totally welcomed.

Exploring The Big Easy

Watch our travel montage of New Orleans! We had the most amazing time, and yes, a homeless man actually DID give us a tour of a cemetery LOL! Come explore with us!
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