New Orleans Vacations
Your 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.
Best time to take a vacation to New Orleans
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.
Insider tips for New Orleans travel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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New Orleans Vacation Packages
Previously the Astor Hotel, the multi-story Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter grew organically from a collection of existing retail buildings and apartments, giving it a blended Crescent City charm. Inside, ironwork stair-rails, exposed brick walls, and mismatched... More
Called the "Belle of New Orleans," Le Pavillon Hotel stands out from the crowd of cookie-cutter chain hotels. A member of Historic Hotels of America, Le Pavillon was built in 1907 and still retains its majesty more than 100 years later with its high ceilings, opulent... More
A time-honored New Orleans landmark, this French Quarter hotel has been owned and operated by five generations of the Monteleone family since 1886. It has appeared in movies, television and literary works. Keurig coffee makers, plush robes, marble and granite bathrooms, a... More
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As one of the world's most widely recognized hotel brands, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has a rich family history and a mission to provide smart designs and thoughtful amenities. The Hilton New Orleans Riverside continues the company's traditions, offering guests 29 floors... More
The Wyndham New Orleans, French Quarter boasts the unique honor of being the hotel in the Quarter to offer a heated indoor pool. Famed regional Louisiana cuisine can be sampled in Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap, the on-site restaurant, where guests can... More
From the exquisite, Victorian-style ironwork outside, to the flower-decked terraces of the rooftop pool, the Omni Royal Orleans brings its own mix of old and new to the Big Easy. This stately property rises seven stories above the French Quarter, and features French-style... More
Housed within the Maison Blanche Building, constructed in 1909, the Courtyard New Orleans Downtown blends Beaux Arts style with modern amenities in the heart of the Big Easy's oldest neighborhood. The Courtyard offers a large business lounge, terraces overlooking the... More
With its diamonds of amber glass, the Hyatt Regency hotel forms a striking part of New Orleans' modern skyline, west of the river. Whether you want a quick espresso at Starbucks or a luxurious spread of Louisiana delicacies from award-winning chef John Besh at Borgne,... More
Southern comfort and culture in New OrleansThe Omni Royal Crescent Hotel is situated in the New Orleans Arts District, making it the place to stay for guests who wish to visit world-renowned art galleries and museums. A grand lobby greets guests with glass chandeliers and... More
A New Orleans attraction in its own right, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel features intriguing sculptures, paintings and exquisite glass-blown creations, while several of the rooms have decadent features like floor-to-ceiling windows, dining areas and parlors. Business and... More
*Savings based on Flight + Hotel vacation package bookings of 5 or more nights with individual calculable components on www.orbitz.com from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates, and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.
New Orleans highlights
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.
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.
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).
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.