The Big Easy offers round the clock nightlife, musical heritage and incredible cuisine. It’s a true melting pot, reflecting the vast array of cultures that have combined to create this singular and unique US city.
The best months for visiting the city in comfort are March through April and October through November. The temperatures are more manageable at these times and it’s when you’ll find most of the major festivals. Jazz Fest takes place in April and May, as does the French Quarter Festival, and Mardi Gras usually falls a little earlier in February or March.
During busy periods, the city really comes alive. The bars open their doors onto the streets and the smell of incredible Cajun food floats through the air.
In the summer, the weather is hot and wet, with the odd thunderstorm punctuating the fug. Winters can get quite cold, with chilly winds blowing in.
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There are numerous flights to New Orleans, with several options for flights each day.
There are two main airports in New Orleans: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International and New Orleans Lakefront Airport. Of the two, Louis Armstrong is the main commercial hub, with a larger share of both international and domestic traffic to the city. Lakefront is used for some commercial traffic and local flights.
Louis Armstrong Airport is located around 11 miles to the west of the downtown area and handles around 11 million passengers a year. Ground transportation options include buses operating to the city center and private shuttles to individual accommodation options.
Cheap flights to New Orleans are available with a number of different carriers.
As a relatively compact and flat city, New Orleans is generally easily navigable on foot or by bike. There is a good network of cycle paths and plenty of bike rental agencies.
If you’re not feeling that energetic or traveling a little further, taxis are readily available and affordable.
Of course, perhaps the most iconic mode of transport in in the city are the street cars. In fact, no trip to the Big Easy is complete with a ride through some of the busier parts of town. But be warned, they can get busy in high season.
As one of the most unique cities in the US, most people know all about what New Orleans has to offer. Head down to the French Quarter and party the night away on Bourbon Street, the center of the party in the city. Then take in a jazz performance in the Preservation Hall, where many of the greats have played.
If you do get a chance to visit during Mardi Gras, the city gets even livelier with party lovers from around world coming here to dance the night away. But if you’re planning on coming for this, it’s a good idea to book accommodation and flights to New Orleans well in advance.
As a major party capital, things get a little wild in New Orleans but for the most part it’s all good-natured fun. Try and exercise the usual caution you would in any big city. Depending on the time of year, the weather can also be a little bit unpredictable. So, check before you go and take the necessary clothing to suit.
The best months to travel to New Orleans are March, April, October, and November. The air is soft and lush, scented with sweet olive and night-blooming jasmine. The restaurants and bars in the French Quarter and Uptown prop open their doors, and the smell of boiled crawfish and the sounds of jazz spill out onto the streets. These months also mark the height of festival season, including Jazz Fest (April/May), the French Quarter Festival (April), Voodoo Music Experience (October), and the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival (November). While tourism does spike in these months, this city's built to handle far larger crowds (think Mardi Gras and the Sugar Bowl), and the streets rarely feel congested.
The winters, while shorter and milder than in more northerly climes, can bring temperatures to near freezing. The city is often infused with a damp cold and raked with ornery winds. That doesn't stop people from spilling out of their houses for Saints tailgate parties near the Superdome (August through January) or taking to the streets for Mardi Gras (February or March). The two weekends leading up to Fat Tuesday are rife with parades, with the first weekend somewhat more subdued.
Then there's summer, when conditions are hot and damp. And did we mention hot? Like cayenne-pepper hot. Most New Orleanians learn to move slowly and spend their time hunkered in air conditioning awaiting a cool thunderstorm. This is also peak hurricane season (the prime months for truly dangerous storms are August and September), so travelers should have a backup plan in their pocket.
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