Welcome to our Destination in a Flash guide for New Orleans, LA, USA. Whether you want some inspiration for your next trip, or need advice on making the most out of 24 hours, this is the guide for you! We’ll tell you our favorites from our adventures in New Orleans and what we recommend to see, do, eat and skip.
What to See:
The French Quarter: the French Quarter is the epicenter of New Orleans! Colorful buildings, intricate iron balconies, and raunchy Bourbon Street are some of the main draws for tourists. But the French Quarter is also the historical center of New Orleans where you can find St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and Decatur Street.
What to Do:
Listen to Jazz on Frenchmen Street: New Orleans lives and breaths Jazz music, and it’s not hard to find a lively tune most places in the city. But for the best Jazz, the biggest names and the most authentic feel – go to Frenchmen Street! It’s a little north of the French Quarter, but it feels more like the real New Orleans. Pop into one of the many jazz bars on this street, and enjoy those sultry, jazz sounds.
What to Eat:
Charbroiled oysters: There was a lot of food we had to try when we visited New Orleans, but one of my favorites was charbroiled oysters. After spending a lot of my life by the beach, I was surprised I never tried my oysters charbroiled. But OMG were they good! Butter, garlic, a bit of breading and spices, it’s super delicious! They aren’t as fishy tasting as raw oysters, so they’re great for those of us who aren’t big on seafood. And if you absolutely can’t do fish, there’s enough scrumptious beignets to go around!
What to Skip (and what to see instead):
Skip staying all day on Bourbon Street: I’m not going to lie, I had some fun on Bourbon Street. But with 24/7 booze, it’s pretty hard not to have some fun. But Bourbon Street does get a little dingy and overdone after a while. Maybe spend one night there for a riotous time, but don’t spend ALL your time on Bourbon Street or in the French Quarter. Also beware of the alcohol and the fun cocktails – a little too much will surely ruin your time in New Orleans!
Instead, take a tour: We’re not usually tour people, and prefer to forge our own way. But on a recent girl’s trip with my BFF, she asked to do a few tours. I was hesitant at first, but actually, they were my favorite parts of our trip! I’d highly recommend if you’re not from the Louisiana area, taking a bayou tour. It was super fun, informative and we got to see some crazy animals very close up! We also took a Witches, Vampires and Voodoo tour, which sounds really cheesy, but it was a great time and FULL of folklore and history about the city! Whatever your preference, there is definitely something in New Orleans for you!