The opportunity to tour one of the most important historic districts in America is rare. Enjoy your ride through the 90-square-block Vieux Carré, more commonly known as the French Quarter. Bordered by Iberville Street, Esplanade Avenue, Rampart Street and the Mississippi River, this 300-year-old neighborhood is one of the country’s most important treasures.
Stop often to read your cue sheets and the historical markers. The history and architecture of the small area is incredible. To avoid traffic, do this tour early on Saturday or Sunday morning. The residential area of the quarter should be almost free of traffic and the more commercial area should have limited traffic. Stop for a cup of rich coffee and powdered sugar-covered beignets at Café du Monde, and of course, save room for brunch or lunch in one of the many restaurants.
You might have to dodge a few horse-and-buggy tours on the narrow streets. Just use caution at the intersections as you enjoy the nonstop sightseeing offered by the Quarter.