Yet to all men whose desire only is to live a short life, but a merry one, I have no hesitation in recommending New Orleans.—Henry Fearon, Sketches of America, 1817
We’ve made no secret of our favorite New Orleans activities: walking, eating, ogling, listening to music, dancing, and eating again. But between those activities, there’s much to see, do, and experience. New Orleans is a vibrant, visual, utterly authentic city with a rich history and gobs of culture worthy of your time.
While the French Quarter certainly is a seductive place, going to New Orleans and never leaving the Quarter is like visiting Times Square and believing you’ve seen New York. Stroll the lush Garden District, marvel at the oaks in City Park, ride the streetcar on St. Charles Avenue and gape at the gorgeous homes, or go visit some gators on a swamp tour. Take a walk along Bayou St. John, tour the remarkable Tremé neighborhood, or ride a bike through the Bywater. We’ll guide you to some of the city’s amazing museums, diverse neighborhoods, and prettiest parks, with suggestions for action-lovers and armchair adventurers, history buffs, and party animals.