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New Orleans is called The Big Easy for a reason. Life here definitely feels like that. Each district has its own flair but what they have in common is the lively atmosphere. It’s no exaggeration to hear music on the streets, to see a Mississippi steam boat roll by or get a glimpse of NOLA’s multicultural heritage. To truly experience NOLA, rent a car to avoid wait times at the bus and tram stops and make the most of your time there.
French colonists established New Orleans, and its strong European influence is easily seen today in its architecture, cuisine, street names, and festivals like Mardi Gras. New Orleans was a key location in the Civil Rights Movement and also jazz music was born here. Whether you are a history buff, foodie, museum-lover, or creative type, you will find just what you are looking for in NOLA.
Although it might seem like a strange activity, cemetery tours are immensely popular in New Orleans. Because the city was built on a swamp, people had to be buried above ground in elaborate crypts and mausoleums. Throughout the years, cemeteries have grown in size, looking like little towns, giving NOLA graveyards the nickname, “Cities of the Dead.” Join a tour with Save Our Cemeteries to learn more about the city’s history and support their cemetery preservation efforts.
Marvel at the city’s most beautiful homes in the Garden District, an ideal place to drive around and witness opulent mansions and perfectly manicured gardens. This is where many of New Orleans wealthiest residents lived in the 1700s and 1800s, and the architecture complements the lovely balconies you will see in the French Quarter, where you can go for a tasty meal.
When people think of New Orleans, mouthwatering food always comes to mind. Creole cuisine is the specialty here, so head to Gumbo Shop for delicious traditional fare that will please seafood lovers, meat eaters, and vegetarians alike. They have an outdoor patio, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal and enjoy that easy New Orleans lifestyle. Also, to satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to get your hands on a beignet. Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet are the most popular places to try this French delicacy.
Skip the busy, touristy area of Bourbon Street and instead make your way to Frenchman Street. This is what many locals say Bourbon Street was like before it became a bar-hopping and partying hotspot for tourists. Here you will find plenty of restaurants and bars with live jazz playing every hour of the day. Should you cannot decide on where to sit and enjoy some music, head to The Spotted Cat Music Club for a surefire lineup of amazing local talent. In New Orleans you will find that many live music venues do not have a cover charge, so be sure to tip the performers.
Are you ready to visit The Big Easy? Then, make your trip as comfortable as possible by renting a car from us at Orbitz, so you can experience all of the wonders New Orleans has to offer at an affordable price.