Let the good times roll in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nicknamed the “Big Easy” for its easy going and laid back vibe, New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz. Indulge in delicious Cajun cuisine and bourbon, stroll through the quaint streets of the French Quarter or enjoy the vivacious party scene. Mardi Gras (February-March) and the Jazz Fest (April-May) are two of NOLA’s biggest festivals that draw thousands of people to Louisiana every year. But just in case you miss these big events, you can still enjoy the nightlife and the eclectic live music scene all year round.
One of the easiest ways to get around in New Orleans is by car. With a car rental, you can venture outside the historic French Quarter to watch a sports game at the Superdome in the Central Business District, or you can spend the day at an art gallery in the Art District. You can also hop on a ferry to cross the Mississippi River and enjoy views of the city skyline in Algiers.
Stroll through the French Quarter, one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods established by the French. Marvel at the colorful creole townhouses with cast iron balconies, charming courtyards, and fountains. Hunt for gems at the antique shops or go on a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride across Jackson Square.
Bike or jog alongside the Mississippi River at the Woldenberg Park. Sit on a bench, picnic, or bob your head along with the street performers and local musicians, who are often found jammin’ on the walkway. At the end the night, head towards Bourbon Street, the heart and soul of New Orleans’s nightlife. Here, you can party for 13 blocks of bars, restaurants, lounges, and jazz clubs.
Taste New Orleans’s fine Cajun cuisine including po’boy sandwiches, gumbo, and Louisiana-style crawfish boil. Alternatively, try one of New Orleans’ classic cocktails like Sazerac, Brandy Milk Punch, or Brandy Crusta.
For a day trip outside the city, hop in your rental car and explore Louisiana's backcountry. Just miles outside the city center, get up close and personal with alligators, wild pigs, and snakes on a swamp tour in the bayou. You can also explore extravagant southern homes and plantations right outside the city.
Renting a car with Orbitz makes getting around New Orleans a breeze. Our low rates and wide selection of rental classes including SUVs and compact cars will make your trip to the Big Easy not only convenient but memorable. Make it easy for yourself and reserve in advance so you can pick up your car keys after landing at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.