Stroll the streets of the French Quarter, with those gorgeous Creole townhouses and other structures built centuries ago, is one of the very best things to do in town. Inside the Quarter (or Vieux Carré, as it is also known), you'll discover world-class restaurants like Brennan's and Antoine's, music clubs and rowdy bars, antique shops, high-end clothing boutiques, and voodoo dens.
|Jackson Square & St. Louis Cathedral
The heart of the French Quarter is an attraction in and of itself: here, find the St. Louis Cathedral looking out toward the Mississippi River, facing Jackson Square and the statue devoted to Andrew Jackson, the hero (along with pirate Jean Lafitte) of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. The square is always alive with energy, from street musicians filling the air with tunes to artists and others hawking their wares. The oldest continuously operated Catholic Church in America is beautiful inside and out; if you wait until the evening hours and wander behind it onto Royal Street, you'll find a statue of Jesus that miraculously casts a huge shadow onto the back of the cathedral. A terrific photo opportunity indeed.
Have you ever wanted to make authentic Cajun and Creole dishes at home? Take a cooking class! Browse our list of New Orleans Cooking Schools to learn more.
|National World War II Museum
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
In the charming Garden District, oak-shaded streets are lined with a diverse mix of homes, from single-story cottages to the grand historic mansions and lavish gardens of St. Charles Avenue, on the Mardi Gras parade route. Leafy Lafayette Cemetery is filled with ornate, 19th-century tombs. Boutiques and antique shops sit alongside fine-dining restaurants, casual cafes and local bars on and around Magazine Street.
|A Day at the Park
Whether you bicycle through Audubon Park, picnic at New Orleans City Park or walk the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, New Orleans nature will not disappoint.
|New Orleans Area Plantations
Each plantation offers its own snapshot into the region’s agrarian history and most are within easy driving distance from New Orleans.
Dining in New Orleans
Few other towns feature so many award-winning restaurants, famous chefs or food festivals. The plates can be bone china or paper; the dining rooms can resemble a chateau or a roadhouse. It makes no difference. New Orleans serves up some of the most delicious food on the planet.
New Orleans James Beard Award Winners: See all of the New Orleans winners of the prestigious James Beard Awards here!
Best Coffee Shops and Cades in New Orleans: Need a pick-me-up after a day of Meetings the Big Easy? Check out one of New Orleans' many local coffee shops for a caffeinated beverage and a light snack.
Casual Dining: Ditch the dress code and dig in to something delicious at one of New Orleans' many casual restaurants. Friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, and amazing eats abound in the Big Easy.
Food Trucks: The food truck scene in New Orleans is growing fast, with vendors serving up all kinds of tasty treats. Explore the list of NOLA food trucks to learn what's cooking and where.
Healthy Dining Options: Health-conscious travelers will be pleased to know that New Orleans offers more than fried food. Explore vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free restaurants in the city.
Outdoor (Al Fresco) Dining: Thanks to the tropical climate, New Orleans is a great place to dine outdoors. Check out this list of restaurants where you can eat European style - al fresco.
Bistros: Bistros in New Orleans combine the elegance of French cuisine and the spice of soul food. Browse the list to find authentic Louisiana bistros that will satisfy any palate.