French Quarter to Uptown/Garden District Loop
While this route is flat and pedaling is easy, only very experienced cyclists should attempt it because of the difficult traffic conditions. You will encounter heavy traffic as you leave the French Quarter and cross Canal Street. The route takes you through the trendy Warehouse District, with its many art galleries and restaurants, and within a block of the National World War II Museum. When you get into the Garden District and Uptown, you will have to negotiate narrower, heavily traveled streets with much stop-and-go traffic. If you take plenty of time and use caution, however, you will find plenty to see and do.
Magazine Street is filled with antique shops, restaurants and specialty stores. It has become a very popular shopping and dining corridor, and its many coffee shops, often with outdoor seating, make good stopping places. When you cut over to Camp Street you’ll enjoy the view of many lovely New Orleans homes. The route takes you through beautiful Audubon Park at the far end, and right along the campuses of Tulane University and Loyola University of the South, as you head back toward the downtown area, along graceful and historic St. Charles Avenue.
Start: Jackson Square on Decatur across from General Jackson statue. Take Decatur toward Canal Street.
0.2 At Y, stay right on Decatur Street.
0.5 Cross Canal Street. After you cross Canal Street, Decatur becomes Magazine Street.
0.9 FARMERS MARKET on left side of Magazine. Open on Saturday mornings, this market is worth a stop. You’ll find organic fruits and vegetables, homemade pasta, pesto, pies, baked goods, plants, herbs, seafood and more.
1.0 Andrew Higgins Boulevard. If you go right on Andrew Higgins, you’ll come to the National World War II Museum, an impressive and moving place to visit. (Worth stopping to view the amazing 3-D, immersive documentary.)
2.5 Right on Washington Street. Go one block and take a left on Camp Street. You can stay on Magazine all the way to Audubon Park but you will encounter a lot more traffic.
2.5 Left on Camp.
4.6 Left on Joseph at T and Stop. Then take an immediate right on Camp.
4.6 Right on Camp.
5.1 Left on Calhoun Street.
5.2 Right on Magazine.
5.3 Bike path in Audubon Park. Take this path to the entrance of the park on St. Charles Avenue.
6.1 Take a right to reach St. Charles Avenue. (Fountains on your left at this turn.)
TO RETURN TO THE FRENCH QUARTER:
Take St. Charles Avenue to Lee’s Circle. Take a right on Andrew Higgins. Go one block and take a left on Camp Street. Camp become Chartres after you cross Canal Street. Chartres will take you to Jackson Square. It’s about 5 miles from Audubon Park to Jackson Square.
Start: Entrance gate of Audubon Park.
0.0 Audubon Park. Take St. Charles to Lee’s Circle.
3.6 Right at Lee’s Circle.3.6 Right on Andrew Higgins. (Sign to National World War II Museum)
3.7 Left on Camp Street. Camp becomes Chartres after you cross Canal Street.
4.3 Cross Canal Street.
4.7 Jackson Square