Welcome to this weeks edition of the Sunday Spotlight – Things to do in New Orleans
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We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to go travel and visit New Orleans. If you have already been to New Orleans, please share a tip in the comments down below!
New Orleans Travel Essentials
Tips for Visiting New Orleans
Are you looking for what to do when visiting New Orleans? Or, are you wondering what a “local experience” would be like when visiting “the city that care forgot”? This blog post will answer those questions, leaving you prepped for a memory-filled adventure.
The nation’s most fascinating city never fails to seduce visitors. Discover NOLA’s new restaurants, classic attractions, and slightly unseemly underbelly. This post has great recommendations for LGBT travelers.
A New Orleans Travel Guide
New Orleans is an interesting city. It is one of the major port cities in the United States and may be considered a melting pot of different cultures. Although the city has a strong French influence (as may be seen in the old structures in the area), the city also has influences from other European cities with touches of Caribbean and African culture
From time to time friends will ask me for a list of my favorite things to do and places to eat in New Orleans when they are planning to travel there. While I’m not an expert and never lived there, I have visited there quite a few times in the past few years – and honesty it’s one of my favorite places to travel. Here’s a list of some of my personal favorite things to do and places (or things) to eat in New Orleans and the French Quarter.
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Food in New Orleans
In New Orleans the elegant and the decadent live side by side and relish their need for one another.
New Orleans has a way of turning people–those who live in the city and those who just love it–into evangelists, possessed by an urge to spread the gospel. Their ultimate goal? The moment when a newbie gets New Orleans–its mix of tradition and abandon, its devotion to rituals high and low.
We took two trips on the aptly named Carousel Bar (each go-around on the revolving bar is 14 minutes and 50 seconds) with New Orleans drinks historian and author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion, Elizabeth Pearce, to get the ideal itinerary.
Eating on a budget in New Orleans isn’t all about the famous po’ boys, though they can be great. Check out fast-food restaurants serving Vietnamese and soul food delights
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Budget travel in New Orleans
Whether you’re into music, food, history, art or just having a good time, New Orleans has something for everyone. There are plenty of affordable ways to “laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll). Here are a few of our cheap girl’s travel tips for The Big Easy.
There’s no better time to celebrate the spirit and support the rebuilding efforts of post-Katrina New Orleans than now. Historic Spanish-style architecture, famous drinking establishments with storied pasts, colorful casts of characters, and narrow brick-lined streets make for one of the country’s most dynamic cities. For budget-minded travelers, it’s an easy destination for soaking up true Southern hospitality without spending a fortune.
New Orleans’ biggest draw is its food. While I can’t find you any of that for free, I can direct you to some frugal ways to enjoy your trip to the Crescent City. With awesome architecture and a diverse culture, there’s tons to do in New Orleans for FREE!
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Family friendly New Orleans
When we travel to New Orleans, we love to just wander around and relax. We have been making this trip with our two children (ages three and five) for several years now and have found many ways to keep a family of four entertained in New Orleans without breaking the bank.
I couldn’t wait to bring my kids to New Orleans so they could discover all the things I loved about this Southern city. While we did visit some of the same sites I remembered as a kid, we also discovered that New Orleans offers many family-friendly activities and attractions.
Forget all those tales about having to hide your children’s eyes and ears in New Orleans. It’s so not true. It would take a story 100 times as long as this one to describe half of the family-friendly places here.
Since getting married, we’ve visited several times, but we’ve never taken the kids. Traveling with a preschooler, a toddler, and a baby is an overwhelming prospect, but since we had a wedding in Texas to attend, we decided to give it a shot and introduce the kids to New Orleans. And I have to admit that the whole experience was pretty magical.
Plan Your Trip in New Orleans
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What are your favorite things to do in New Orleans?