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New Orleans, LA

Travel Guide
Royal Street featuring street scenes

New Orleans charmswith its energy and community spirit: Dixieland jazz, laid-back locals,cherished architecture and a distinctive French flair. 

Lashedby Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans continues to rebuild. Meanwhile, intrue Southern style, the city embraces the mantra “let the good times roll.”You’ll find the locals relaxed, and unhurried, always ready for a chat, andembodying the spirit of the city’s nickname, “The Big Easy.”

New Orleans sits onthe Mississippi River in southern Louisiana. It was founded in1718 by Phillippe d’Orleans, then the Regent of France. The city was underSpanish control for decades before it passed back into French hands, and thenwas sold to the United States in 1803.

A magnet forimmigrants, the city attracted sugar and cotton workers from France, Ireland,Germany and Africa. Today you’ll find it a multicultural blend of Creoles,African Americans and French-speaking locals.

Goto the FrenchQuarter to see the rattling streetcars made famous in TennesseeWilliams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. This lively area is known for its ornate,Spanish Colonial architecture. Each year, leading up to Lent, theFrenchQuarter hosts the colorful Mardi Gras festivities, said to havestarted as early as 1743.

While in the quarter,stop by the famous Café du Monde, beloved for chicory-laced cafe au lait andFrench-style beignets. From here, cross the road to Jackson Square.This beautiful park has been a popular hangout for artists since the early1920s. Today, it’s home to painters, tarot readers, musicians, streetperformers and classic Creole cuisine. Sample traditional food, includingpo’boy sandwiches, fresh Louisiana crawfish, spicy gumbo, jambalaya stews andsugary pralines.Don'tmiss a night out on iconic Bourbon Street, known for itsnightspots, cafes, strip joints and jazz clubs. Venues here have hosted manyfamous musicians, including Louis Armstrong, a New Orleans native.

New Orleans also hasstrong ties to a strain of Voodoo religion that is still practiced by a handfulof locals. You can take a voodoo-themed tours of the infamous St. LouisCemetery, whileLafayette Cemetery is a popular location for movieshoots.

Getting around iseasy, though, as the city is flat and ideal for walking. Alternatively, jump ona streetcar for an inexpensive bit of fun. Several lines originate in Downtownand cover most of the areas you will want to visit. At night, find a cab at acab-stands and hotels, or telephone one and it will generally arrive fairlyquickly. Driving in New Orleans is not recommended. Parking spaces are scarceand expensive, and finding your way is sometimes difficult with many one-waystreets and a rather complicated layout.

For more details oninteresting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in New Orleans page.

Best time to visit New OrleansThe best time to visit is late winter, or early spring—you'll enjoy moderate weather (nights can be cool), blooming azaleas, and a busy, fun atmosphere filled with festivals and other special events. During the most popular festivals like Mardi Gras (February) and the Jazz and Heritage Festival (April–May), the city is bustling with excitement and activities, but hotel rooms are in short (and expensive!) supply. If you plan to visit the city during these events, it’s wise to book your room well in advance.

Peak season: February through May is the busiest time for travel to New Orleans. Temperatures are warm, but not hot, the azaleas are in full bloom, and the city is hopping with festivals and special events.

Value season: In December (before and during Christmas), tourists are scarce, so you can take advantage of dramatically lower hotel rates. The weather is mild and the city is decorated in seasonal glitter, making this a great time to visit the Big Easy. From June through August, the weather is hot and humid. During the summer months, the sun can shine for as long as 11 hours each day, providing little break from the heat.

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Where to stay in New Orleans

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
4.5 out of 5
739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is NT$3,022 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Saenger Theatre are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (2,816 reviews)
"The front desk was very helpful and accommodating, great staff all around as well as the in house restaurant"

Reviewed on 2021/8/3

Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
Bourbon Orleans Hotel
3.5 out of 5
717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA
The price is NT$4,139 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, and French Market. Canal Street and National World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,394 reviews)
"Walking distance to Jackson Park, Bourbon Street and all the popular tourist sites."

Reviewed on 2021/8/4

Bourbon Orleans Hotel
New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott
4 out of 5
555 Canal St, New Orleans, LA
The price is NT$3,084 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal Street and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and French Market are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,873 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff, clean and comfortable room. The location is great, within walking distance of everything. We enjoyed the pool, restaurant, and pantry (store) in the hotel. We had a wonderful stay and would stay again when visiting New Orleans!"

Reviewed on 2021/8/4

New Orleans Marriott
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Sonder - Duncan Plaza
4 out of 5
925 Common Street, New Orleans, LA
The price is NT$1,936 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Saenger Theatre. Royal Street ...
4.1/5Very Good! (108 reviews)
"The experience of not dealing with anyone while checking in was new but hassle free as well. Communication was great and being able to understand the dos and donts while staying in a Sonder hotel was amazing. Very clean room, very well equipped kitchen for my family and a even better location close ..."

Reviewed on 2021/7/7

Sonder - Duncan Plaza
Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
3 out of 5
317 N. Rampart, New Orleans, LA
The price is NT$3,046 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in French Quarter, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saenger Theatre, Louis Armstrong Park, and Preservation Hall. Jackson Square and French ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"Could not get any one to answer the phone after 7pm. Called several times 10 minutes at a time but no one answered."

Reviewed on 2021/8/3

Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter
Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
3.5 out of 5
1111 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA
The price is NT$2,584 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Canal Street, Harrah's New Orleans Casino, and Mercedes-Benz ...
4.2/5Very Good! (326 reviews)
"Property was within walking of everything. Far enough not to hear any outside noise at night. Only improvement would be to add more mirrors, only mirror was in the bathroom which we had to take turns to use."

Reviewed on 2021/7/3

Luxury Condos in California Building by Hosteeva
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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