Southern Travel Guide: New Orleans

From beignets to Bourbon Street, we're giving you the inside scoop on the Big Easy. Here's everything you need to know for your next trip.


[MUSIC] The Crescent City. The Big Easy. The City that Care Forgot. There are as many nicknames for New Orleans as there are ways to enjoy the nearly 300 year old city. Exploring it can be daunting. So we've broken it down into our short list. The best part? You can experience one of our favorite destinations without breaking the bank. [MUSIC] Hit the 600 block of Frenchman Street for live music. The famous strip, known as Bourbon Street for locals, is lined with old music venues like the Spotted Cat where you can always catch a local band. Of course a brass band is typically blasting out tunes on the corner for free. Don't forget to tip. When you get hungry, grab the city's signature sandwich. sandwich. Created in the 1920's as a way to feed striking streetcar worker, the Po boy lives on. Parkway Bakery in Bayou St. John makes a classic. But if you're in the French quarter, try out the killer Po boys, in the back bar of Erin Rose. Dressed means with lettuce, tomato, mayo, and maybe pickle. And, yes, you want it dressed. Take a stroll through City Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. Between its sculpture garden and art museum there's something for everyone. Check out the chime tree, off the running trail, in front of the museum. If food is your bag, you probably already have Commander's Palace on your itinerary. If you go for lunch from Monday through Friday you sip martini's for only a quarter. The food at lunch is cheaper too, there's always an appetizer entre combo for under 25 dollars. A New Orleans visit without a cocktail is like New Orleans visit without beignets. We suggest Napoleon House in the french quarter [MUSIC] Built by Napoleon himself, though he never got to enjoy it, this historic establishment has an uncovered patio and the best Pimm's Cup this side of the pond, [MUSIC] For shopping, head to Magazine Street. Te intersection of Magazine and Jackson has a concentrated area of shops including Goorin Brothers Hat Shop. Where you can get a fantastic fedora or a fascinator. And you can't miss Garden District Book Shop, packed with titles by southern authors. If you're travelling with kids, be sure to check out the Audubon Aquarium and the Insectarium. If you're looking for a place to stay, make a reservation at the Windsor Court or the Hotel Modern. [MUSIC]
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