New Orleans is a beautiful city with a rich history, but most of what you hear about the Louisiana city is Bourbon Street, where many come to drink, party or check out Mardi Gras. While those things are plenty of fun, I’m here to tell you that the incredible NOLA has a lot more to offer than just easy booze and plenty of debauchery. I’m not suggesting you don’t do those things — all I’m saying is that you should definitely see what else New Orleans has to offer.
My best tip for traveling to New Orleans is to make sure that you pack plenty of walking shoes, since there are a lot of places to just get lost and wander (more on that later) and walking tours that you will want to check out. Of course, you probably already know that New Orleans is known for great Creole food, so THAT is a must to check out as well. But you might be surprised to hear that the city has different cuisines to offer (like Mexican!) and incredible music (jazz, DUH!). So start planning your trip to New Orleans ASAP with these 7 things you should definitely put on your itinerary.
1. Spend an afternoon walking around the French Quarter.
Yes, it’s the home of Bourbon Street and you’ll likely be spending some quality time drinking there — but first, I would recommend spending your time walking around the historic French Quarter. It’s a beautiful area known all around the world for incredible architecture, good food, and awesome music. There’s tons of shops to check out and, of course, desserts to devour. And yes, you can’t leave until you’ve stopped by the Café du Monde for beignets and a cafecito.