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Experience Your Best New Orleans Vacation

New Orleans is a city that rewards those who plan the least. Travelers wandering the historic, balcony-crowned streets invariably find themselves in a web of small pleasures … a street band playing on the corner of Bourbon and Canal … the Green Goddess on Exchange Alley … a tiny bar where residents willingly combine anything.

From the horn-heavy bands at The Maple Leaf to the Pontalba Apartments, let Creole mojo cast its spell over your New Orleans vacation. Orbitz insiders reveal the city's top 10s, the best time go and how to cruise the French Quarter like a local.

  • The best months to travel to New Orleans are March, April, October and November when the air is scented with jasmine, and the sounds of jazz spill out on to the streets. These months also mark the height of festival season, including the French Quarter Festival (April), Jazz Fest (April/May), Voodoo Experience (October), and the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (November).

    During winter months, New Orleans is often infused with a damp cold and raked with ornery winds. And though temps sink below freezing two or three times each year, it doesn’t stop Saints tailgate parties (late fall) or Mardi Gras (February or March).

    Then there's summer, when conditions are hot and damp. This is also peak hurricane season -- especially August and September.

  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse

    Housed in the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, this Bourbon Street venue offers a sophisticated scene for live jazz and cocktails.

  • City Park

    This park offers even more excitement in the heart of New Orleans. You'll find walking and biking trails, an antique carousel, the New Orleans Museum of Art, an amusement park, plus the world's largest collection of living oaks.

  • Dining

    Satisfy your sweet tooth at Angelo Brocato's (ice cream) or Sucre (macaroons). Try po-boys at the Parkway Bakery, and Soul food at Praline Connection. Craving Latin? Head to Rio Mar.

  • The Abbey

    Drink with the locals at this punk/dive bar in the French Quarter. Boasting a 1930s history and rockin' jukebox, the surprisingly friendly lounge also gets street cred from several vampire tours.

  • Afternoon Tea at Le Salon

    If you're pining for the Royal treatment, Le Salon in the Windsor Court Hotel hosts an elegant afternoon ensemble of tea, champagne cocktails, English tea sandwiches, classical music and more.

New Orleans Hotels

From $119

1 Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 51 reviews

228 Poydras Street Map

Harrah's New Orleans Casino & Hotel is the height of decadence. Enjoy views of the Mississippi River from the luxury rooms or grab a culture break with a walk to the French Quarter. Take a shopping trip in nearby Canal Street or just relax with a cocktail and a meal... More

From $82

2 Inn on St. Peter

3 stars
4.0 / 5 36 reviews

1005 St. Peter Street Map

Book Now to Get the 3rd Night Free

Inn on St. Peter is a restored retreat that seamlessly melds Spanish architecture and modern comforts in the historic French Quarter in New Orleans. This comfortable hotel provides tastefully decorated smoke-free accommodations that come with balconies overlooking... More

From $109

3 Hilton New Orleans Riverside

4 stars
4.0 / 5 251 reviews

Two Poydras Street Map

Taste of New Orleans!

Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans is a high-rise hotel, which boasts contemporary styling with a little Cajun flair. As you navigate around the British Plaza traffic circle and stop near the lobby, you'll be greeted by native palm trees and other tropical... More

From $82

4 Inn on Ursulines

3 stars
4.1 / 5 13 reviews

708 Ursulines Avenue Map

Complimentary Wireless Internet

Hotel guests enjoy a truly unique and charming experience in one of the world's most exciting destinations, the French Quarter of New Orleans. With historic style and all of today's modern conveniences, your authentic French Quarter retreat awaits. French Quarter Inns are... More

From $109

5 Hampton Inn New Orleans-Downtown French Qtr Area

3 stars
4.1 / 5 35 reviews

226 Carondelet Street Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

The Hampton Inn New Orleans Downtown French Quarter places guests right in the heart of the swinging action of the Big Easy, with convenient access to the local restaurants and nightclubs, as well as the sights, sounds, and tastes of the city. The Hampton Inn New Orleans... More

From $129

6 Bourbon Orleans

4 stars
3.9 / 5 254 reviews

717 Orleans Street Map

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel has many stories to tell, sitting on the site of both the grand old Orleans Theater and Ballroom, and a former convent. Restored in the 1960s in the Creole style of the French Quarter, the Bourbon's rooms are all unique. From the gilded hangings... More

From $79

7 Hotel St. Pierre

3 stars
3.3 / 5 138 reviews

911 Burgundy Street Map

Free Wireless Internet

The Hotel St. Pierre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been recommended by the New York Times travel section. The hotel is a collection of restored 18th century Creole cottages and 19th century townhomes that surround lush courtyards and two... More

From $86

8 Lamothe House

3 stars
4.0 / 5 15 reviews

621 Esplanade Ave Map

Book Now to Get the 3rd Night Free

Nestled in the ancient oaks of Esplanade Avenue, the ornate architectural detail of the past meets modern comfort and convenience in our restoration of the historic Lamothe House hotel. Featuring an elaborate courtyard accented by mature landscaping, a garden pond, and a... More

From $72

9 Inn on St. Ann

3 stars
4.0 / 5 47 reviews

1013 St Ann Map

Book Now to Get the 3rd Night Free

Be a part of our extended French Quarter family at the Inn on St. Ann. This charming French Quarter Inn boasts a courtyard shaded by a century old oak tree and common areas appropriately decorated with antiques, chandeliers, and original artwork. This inn in New... More

From $149

10 Hotel Le Marais

4 stars
4.5 / 5 95 reviews

717 Rue Conti Map

Book Now to Receive Complimentary Wifi and Water

Experience the best of New Orleans at the boutique Hotel Le Marais, located in the heart of the French Quarter just off Bourbon Street. Chic and atmospherically French, Le Marais balances classic architecture with modern strokes and 4-star amenities. The smoke-free hotel... More

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  • French Quarter

    Forget the beads, learn the real history of the Creoles who created this legendary neighborhood. Stroll through Jackson Square, home to St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and the Presbytere. Stop for a coffee at Café du Monde, then listen to New Orleans jazz at Preservation Hall.

  • New Orleans highlights
  • Bourbon Street

    Certainly in step with its bawdy reputation, there's still plenty of old-world charm here. Wander past glamorous hotels and the Old Absinthe House, then bring your appetite to Galatoire's Restaurant for authentic French Creole cuisine.

  • Garden District

    Visit the seriously eclectic American section of town, known for its Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. See marvelous, antique-filled homes come to life with tales from expert tour guides.

  • Commander's Palace Restaurant

    With plenty of bragging rights in tow (Chef Tory McPhail was named to the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame), you'll zap your taste buds with Creole favorites like crawfish maque choux, crispy soft-shell crab, and grilled porterhouse of Colorado lamb.

  • One of the oldest cemeteries in New Orleans, the grounds date back to 1824.Wall vaults line the cemetery's perimeter, and noteworthy tombs include Gen. Harry T. Hays of the Confederate Army and the Brunies family, notable New Orleans jazz musicians.

  • National World War II Museum

    Recognized by Congress as the country's official World War II museum, this presents the story of America's involvement through photographs, artifacts and film footage. See the famous Higgins landing craft, a Sherman tank, jeeps, half-tracks, and a fully restored C-47.

  • St. Charles Avenue Streetcar

    For a laidback exploration of the Central Business District (CBD), the Garden District and Uptown, board the streetcar at the corner of Carondelet and Canal streets (Stop No. 0).

  • Royal Street

    One block from Bourbon Street, Royal Street is best known for its iron-lace balconies, art galleries, restaurants (Brennan's, the Court of Two Sisters) and elegant hotels. Although it stretches from Canal Street to Faubourg Marigny, Bywater, and the Lower 9th Ward, the most famous section is in the French Quarter when the blocks between St. Louis and St. Ann transforms mid-day into a current of street performers and jazz bands.

  • Get your live-music fix (and one-drink minimum) along this four-block stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. On any given night, you'll hear modern jazz, swinging traditional jazz, Latin American and rockabilly. Noteworthy clubs include D.B.A., Checkpoint Charlie's, Dragon's Den, the Spotted Cat and Sweet Lorraine's.

  • Audubon Nature Institute

    Bring youngsters to their kind of party. Meet zebras, bears, giraffes and penguins at the zoo, feed birds and cool off in the splash park. The Aquarium has stingray touch tanks, plus an IMAX Theatre.

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