If you’re looking for a city with real heart and soul, look no further than New Orleans. Soundtracked by live jazz on seemingly every corner, famous for its seafood-led Cajun and Creole cuisine, and heavy on the evocative history, this Southern stunner is one of the most vibrant and hospitable cities you could ever hope to discover.
Though it’s known internationally as the birthplace of Mardi Gras, and famous for its decadent leanings, New Orleans is also full of fascinating history. It was in New Orleans that African, French, Caribbean, and American cultures merged, and the result is an intoxicating, culturally rich urban experience.
Explore the French Quarter and landmarks like St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square, before heading to infamous Bourbon Street for a cocktail of your choice (don’t forget that classic serves like the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz, and Brandy Milk Punch were all invented in the Big Easy). Continue your tour in the nearby Garden District, which is famous for its grand mansions, its picturesque aboveground cemetery (a necessity for this below-sea-level city), and its famous restaurants like the iconic Commander’s Palace.
Late April is a particularly good time to visit the Big Easy, which is when the New Orleans Jazz Fest comes to town. But no matter what time of year you drop in, get ready to let the good times roll!