Three New Orleans Itineraries
Are you a romantic? A culture vulture? A college student? We've got a New Orleans itinerary just for you.
New Orleans for Romantics
9am - Take a carriage ride through the French Quarter, and find yourself spouting off historical facts about New Orleans the rest of the day.
11am - Venture to the fascinating Voodoo Spiritual Temple. Pick up a "love drawing" sachet from the gift shop (you won't believe the stuff they sell there!), which is supposed to bring good luck to a relationship.
1pm - Hop on board the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and snuggle close while gazing out at the gorgeous houses along the avenue.
2pm - On a self-guided walking tour of the old mansions in the Garden District, pick out which ones you'd choose to live in.
5pm - At the Swizzle Stick Bar in Cafe Adelaide, toast to a great day and sip on some of the best cocktails in town.
6:30pm - Indulge in a perfectly sumptuous dinner at Muriel’s Jackson Square. You'll have dreams about the seafood au gratin. Mmmm! Try their house wine.
9pm - Wander down Frenchmen Street, where music spills out from the jazz clubs. A street poet for hire will type up a few verses for you right there on his little typewriter.
New Orleans for Culture Vultures
9am - The beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, the iconic structure that presides over Jackson Square, beckons you inside. Stop in the gift shop and pick up a St. Christopher token to give you good luck on your travels.
9:30am - There are some amazing artists displaying their work around Jackson Square. Stop and chat with them as you admire their work.
10am - Beckham’s Book Shop is just as a bookshop should be -- complete with a resident shop cat. Pore over the shelves and find some wonderful gems of Southern literature.
11:30am - With big plans for the afternoon, fuel up on giant (and delicious) muffuletta sandwiches at Napoleon House.
1pm - Take a marathon tour of New Orleans museums and stop by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, where you'll be carried away by the abstract paintings of Southern landscapes by Will Henry Stevens.
4pm - Make the nearby National World War II Museum your next stop. Visitors love how it focuses on telling the personal stories of the war, which are even more poignant in the presence of the veterans who volunteer at the museum. The 4D movie will knock your socks off -- and give your weary feet a much-needed break.
8pm - After a nap and rejuvenating dinner, go to Preservation Hall, a bastion of true New Orleans jazz. Man, can those guys play.
New Orleans for College Students Unleashed
10am - Spend the morning getting oriented to the French Quarter and doing some souvenir shopping. A favorite? Made-in-Louisiana hot sauce.
1pm - Take a cemetery tour. The cemeteries in New Orleans are unlike anywhere else. The tombs are above ground due to the high water table in New Orleans.
3pm - Check out Magazine Street, a very cool area upriver from the French Quarter. Relax on a patio with cold beers in hand -- you might try an awesome local beer called Abita.
7pm - After dinner, get the evening started at Harrah’s New Orleans. Warm up at the slot machines and then spend some time at the blackjack and craps tables.
9pm - Let the rest of the night unfold on Bourbon Street and discover Pat O’Briens is a dangerous place. In a good way.
Noon - Given your (likely) late night, sleep in. You'll no doubt be ravenous when you wake up, so head straight to Johnny’s Po-boys. That place is the real deal.
2pm - Work off lunch with a fun game of laser tag at Adventure Quest Laser Tag, an incredible Mayan ruin-themed arena.
7pm - Dinner at the Crescent City Brewhouse is nice and chill. Can you say “crabmeat-stuffed shrimp”? Mmm hmm.
10pm - After bar hopping a bit, end up at the Blue Nile, where you might find a DJ spinning reggae beats. Despite all vows to keep it an early night, you'll probably find yourself walking back to the hotel as the sun is coming up.