New Orleans is a fascinating place to visit. You will always find something new and historic. One thing that stood out to me above all else was the enchanting music you will hear coming from all corners of the city. There really is no better way to wake up than with some modern jazz music, fresh hot coffee and a beignet. The French Quarter is one of the best places to have this experience. You can sit on a quaint bistro table and people watch, as if you were in a French cafe.
If history is more your speed you will find more than enough to keep you busy morning, noon and night. The age of New Orleans give you plenty of haunted stories and mysteries to explore. I absolutely loved going on a ghost tour through the dark creepy swamps. I will say meeting a scary blind shaman on the side of a dark one-way road in a swamp will make you feel force to buy a voodoo doll when asked.
Another creepy and probably haunted place to popular place to visit is the above ground cemetery. Now NOLA is well known for their cemeteries and the above ground crypts. They have to do this because the city is so far below sea-level if they buried the bodies, like most other cities, they will eventually rise back out of the ground. Which is far scarier than the idea of the bodies beingburied above ground in the first place.
You should also consider taking a riverboat ride. You have plenty of options, including casino and hotel riverboats. I took a simple 3 hour ride up the Mississippi river. It was beautiful and the weather is sublime. You can jump on most of these boats right at the bottom of Canal Street off the Riverwalk. You’ll also get the chance to walk the river and visit the mall and aquarium and casino.
If you want a taste of Bourbon Street but don’t want to face the crowds and college kids try Frenchman Street. Only a few blocks north of the the iconic Bourbon Street blocks and in the center of the French Quarter this street gives you a ‘local’s Bourbon Street’. One thing that sets this street apart is the music. You won’t find a better street in New Orleans for traditional jazz.
I think my favorite thing to do is to visit St. Charles street. It’s usually my first stop and it really gets you in the mood. I like to listen to some jazz and ride a cute trolley car for about 10+ miles and at $1.25 it’s well worth the money. When you are done you can stay in the Garden District or had back to town but either way you will definitely be felling more relaxed.
New Orleans has this way of make you feel like you’ve gone back in time at least half a dozen times during a weekend stay. It’s really a cool blend of the old and new in architectural and cultural sense. I recently went for a walk to find some pastries and came across Madame Laularie’s mansion (the set of American Horror Story: Coven and a real life horror story) plus the modern day set of NCIS: New Orleans.
New Orleans is a great city and it really is coming back in an extraordinary way. They just had a series of tornados hit and the city is already planning Mardi Gras. Nothing will keep a city like NOLA down. You can always find something amazing around town and so many more things are coming to the city as things pick back up.