Top sights in New Orleans
Top 10 things to do in New Orleans
A slow-brewed Gumbo of cultures with a seemingly immortal music scene, New Orleans still drips with the Southern charm chronicled by Tennessee Williams and other famous sons. Here are the best things to see and do in one of the US' most characteristic cities!
Frequently asked questions about New Orleans
What top attractions are a must-see in New Orleans?
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Planning Your Visit
When to go?
The height of summer (June-August) can get intolerably hot, but it's worth checking what events are happening the rest of the year before settling on dates. The famous Mardi Gras carnival takes place the day before Ash Wednesday (in February or March). If you want to sample some traditional street food though, arrive for November's Oak Street Po-Boy Festival to try the best Po-Boy sandwiches in town!
How long to stay?
For sightseeing, four days should be enough time to cover the French Quarter and Garden District, however, New Orleans is a city full of life and culture that penetrates deep beneath its surface. Book a few extra days if you can, keep your itinerary loose, and be prepared to get drawn into a few pleasant surprises!
How to get around?
Walking is by far the best way to see New Orleans, but when it's raining you can easily hail one of the city's many reasonably priced taxis. (Bear in mind though, that most cabs are more expensive and harder to come by on special event days.) There is also a well-connected bus network, but why not opt for the streetcars for which the city is famous? The St. Charles Avenue route, between downtown and Uptown, is a National Historic Landmark!
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- Best time to visit
- Spring, fall and winter tend to be more pleasant times to visit the city, not only to avoid the heat, but also to experience Mardi Gras, or one of the city's famous festivals. Check event calendars while planning your trip!
Other Sightseeing Options in New Orleans
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What people are saying about New Orleans
Sandra D was awesome! She was a wonderful story teller and has a way of really drawing you in so you’re hanging on her every word! Very thoughtful and kind. It was a scorcher the day of our trip and she kept us in the shade as much as possible and allowed plenty of time for breaks. Very knowledgeable, couldn’t have asked for a better time. 10/10 would definitely recommend!!
I was in a Small Group of Three people all together Geoff was a Gem I learned more in 10 mins than I would have if I walked all day in those cemeteries..Knowledgeable great sense of humor and decent person
Our guide Coty was amazing, and knew a lot of the historical facts about the locations we visited. He made the tour more exciting will his knowledge.
I love everything, so relaxing the food and drink good. People who works there so nice thank you
Our tour guide really knew the history of the French Quarter. It was a great experience.