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New OrleansUnited States of America

New Orleans charmswith its energy and community spirit: Dixieland jazz, laid-back locals,cherished architecture and a distinctive French flair. 

Lashedby Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans continues to rebuild. Meanwhile, intrue Southern style, the city embraces the mantra “let the good times roll.”You’ll find the locals relaxed, and unhurried, always ready for a chat, andembodying the spirit of the city’s nickname, “The Big Easy.”

New Orleans sits onthe Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. It was founded in1718 by Phillippe d’Orleans, then the Regent of France. The city was underSpanish control for decades before it passed back into French hands, and thenwas sold to the United States in 1803.

A magnet forimmigrants, the city attracted sugar and cotton workers from France, Ireland,Germany and Africa. Today you’ll find it a multicultural blend of Creoles,African Americans and French-speaking locals.

Goto the FrenchQuarter to see the rattling streetcars made famous in TennesseeWilliams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. This lively area is known for its ornate,Spanish Colonial architecture. Each year, leading up to Lent, theFrenchQuarter hosts the colorful Mardi Gras festivities, said to havestarted as early as 1743.

While in the quarter,stop by the famous Café du Monde, beloved for chicory-laced cafe au lait andFrench-style beignets. From here, cross the road to Jackson Square.This beautiful park has been a popular hangout for artists since the early1920s. Today, it’s home to painters, tarot readers, musicians, streetperformers and classic Creole cuisine. Sample traditional food, includingpo’boy sandwiches, fresh Louisiana crawfish, spicy gumbo, jambalaya stews andsugary pralines.Don'tmiss a night out on iconic Bourbon Street, known for itsnightspots, cafes, strip joints and jazz clubs. Venues here have hosted manyfamous musicians, including Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans native.

New Orleans also hasstrong ties to a strain of Voodoo religion that is still practiced by a handfulof locals. You can take a voodoo-themed tours of the infamous St. LouisCemetery, whileLafayette Cemetery is a popular location for movieshoots.

Getting around iseasy, though, as the city is flat and ideal for walking. Alternatively, jump ona streetcar for an inexpensive bit of fun. Several lines originate in Downtownand cover most of the areas you will want to visit. At night, find a cab at acab-stands and hotels, or telephone one and it will generally arrive fairlyquickly. Driving in New Orleans is not recommended. Parking spaces are scarceand expensive, and finding your way is sometimes difficult with many one-waystreets and a rather complicated layout.

For more details oninteresting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in New Orleans page.

Best time to visit New OrleansThe best time to visit is late winter, or early spring—you'll enjoy moderate weather (nights can be cool), blooming azaleas, and a busy, fun atmosphere filled with festivals and other special events. During the most popular festivals like Mardi Gras (February) and the Jazz and Heritage Festival (April–May), the city is bustling with excitement and activities, but hotel rooms are in short (and expensive!) supply. If you plan to visit the city during these events, it’s wise to book your room well in advance.

Peak season: February through May is the busiest time for travel to New Orleans. Temperatures are warm, but not hot, the azaleas are in full bloom, and the city is hopping with festivals and special events.

Value season: In December (before and during Christmas), tourists are scarce, so you can take advantage of dramatically lower hotel rates. The weather is mild and the city is decorated in seasonal glitter, making this a great time to visit the Big Easy. From June through August, the weather is hot and humid. During the summer months, the sun can shine for as long as 11 hours each day, providing little break from the heat.

New Orleans Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in New Orleans

French Quarter which includes street scenes, a city and heritage architecture

French Quarter

4.5/5Wonderful!(9,221 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and great live music are just a few highlights of French Quarter. Make a stop by Bourbon Street or Jackson Square while you're exploring the area.

French Quarter
Canal Street showing a city and street scenes

Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(8,219 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and great live music are just a few highlights of Central Business District. Make a stop by Canal Street or Smoothie King Center while you're exploring the area.

Central Business District
Shhh. Don't spread the word too far because this place is already always packed. It's a small, unassuming spot not far from the airport in Kenner. If you're staying out that way stop in for a couple of cold ones, delicious oysters at $6.95 a dozen and various and assorted delicacies like fried alligator, po'boys or go for a while Swamp Platter.

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport

3.5/5Good!(2,371 area reviews)

Travelers come to Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Esplanade Mall and Lafreniere Park while you're in town.

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport
Awesome, authentic Po boys in garden district

Uptown Historic District

4/5Very Good!(263 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and colorful gardens are top of the list for many visitors to Uptown Historic District. A stop by Magazine Street or Prytania Theatre might round out your trip.

Uptown Historic District
Garden District featuring flowers, a house and a garden

Garden District

5/5Exceptional!(40 area reviews)

Unique features of Garden District include the gardens and restaurants. Make a stop by Lafayette Cemetery or Magazine Street while you're exploring the area.

Garden District
National World War II Museum which includes a city, street scenes and a bridge

Warehouse District

4/5Very Good!(890 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are top of the list for many visitors to Warehouse District. A stop by National World War II Museum or BECA Gallery - Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art might round out your trip.

Warehouse District

Top Hotels in New Orleans

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
4 out of 5
621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
The price is ¥13,412 per night

This family-friendly New Orleans hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Preservation Hall. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,714 reviews)

"Amazing! Beautiful, classy, and clean. Also very convenient to explore the French Quarter. There weren’t too many patrons due to Covid, so the clerk even upgraded my room with a balcony at no extra cost. Loved my stay!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
The price is ¥13,830 per night

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,066 reviews)

"The nicest cleanest places we have stayed in a while."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Royal Sonesta New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
The Westin New Orleans
4.5 out of 5
100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA
The price is ¥11,686 per night

Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from The Shops at Canal Place and Canal Street. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Decatur Street are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,671 reviews)

"I really enjoyed the stay. The only thing I didn't like is that I didn't have a microwave and mini refrigerator in the room."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

The Westin New Orleans

Popular places to visit in New Orleans

Canal Street
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Canal Street

4/5(7,943 reviews)

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.

Port of New Orleans
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Port of New Orleans

4.5/5(3,614 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in New Orleans with a trip to Port of New Orleans. Experience the great live music and fascinating museums in this walkable area.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

4.5/5(2,731 reviews)

Catch an event at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during your trip to New Orleans. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this walkable area.

Harrah's New Orleans Casino
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Harrah's New Orleans Casino

4/5(2,711 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Harrah's New Orleans Casino where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in New Orleans? Experience the great live music and acclaimed art scene in this walkable area.

National World War II Museum
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National World War II Museum

4.5/5(2,529 reviews)

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

Cafe Du Monde
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Cafe Du Monde

4.5/5(7,568 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Cafe Du Monde, a favorite shopping spot in Vieux Carre District. Discover the lively bars and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

Top things to do in New Orleans

Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise

¥5,386
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Steamboat Natchez Daytime River Jazz Cruise
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Steamboat Natchez Daytime River Jazz Cruise

¥4,078
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Swamp & Bayou Tour w/ Transportation from New Orleans
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Swamp & Bayou Tour w/ Transportation from New Orleans

¥5,602
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Garden District Tour
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Garden District Tour

¥2,133
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour
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New Orleans Cemetery, Voodoo, & French Quarter Tour

¥1,609
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
The Enchanted Garden
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The Enchanted Garden

¥3,150
Per adult

Reviews of New Orleans

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Due to COVID amenities at the hotel were closed which was fine. Also I didn’t see any staff but the front desk clerk also due to COVID but they both were very sweet and helpful. I know that if I was able to experience all amenities it Would be nice

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

Not really.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

It is a wonderful city and we will be visiting again soon.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Most of the busineses were closed due to the Covid19 epidemic, but we still found great takeout food and always, great sightseeing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Amazing hotel.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

People are friendly and food is delish no matter where you decide to go for a bite.

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