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Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips.

Beau and Matt’s home and interior DIY account, @probablythis, can make you forget—even in these times—that you want to leave the house every once and while. But when you do start planning your next getaway, their New Orleans guide is the perfect starting place. This list, in their own words, features activities and destinations spanning everything from queer history to the best food, art and culture in the Big Easy. Even better, they’re all COVID-19 friendly, so you can start exploring whenever you’re ready!

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Nola Drag Tours (virtual or in-person)

Tours led by drag queen Quinn LaRoux tell the history of queer life and LGBTQ history, sharing stories of the untold queer artists and creatives who helped shape New Orleans’ culture today.

Royal Street Art Galleries

Right in the heart of the French Quarter, Royal Street is lined with gorgeous homes and art galleries featuring works by local artists. Three of our favorite galleries to browse through are Funeral Gallery by doll-maker and drag queen Vinsantos, Harouni Gallery with its moody portraits and Antieau Gallery, which features quirky and irreverent tapestries.

Barataria Preserve

Explore the beauty of Louisiana’s swamps in Barataria Preserve in nearby Marrero. Centuries-old trees covered in Spanish moss, wildlife and walking paths through the swamp make Barataria Preserve a must-do activity just 30 minutes outside of New Orleans. 

Hotel Provincial

Photo courtesy of Hotel Provincial

Explore the many gorgeous courtyards of the French Quarter like the one located in Hotel Provincal on Charles Street. Private, quaint, and with a bit of mystery, the courtyards in the French Quarter are a great hideaway for a cocktail or to be the heat on a hot summer day.

Whitney Plantation Tour  

Flickr CC: Corey Balazowich

Whitney Plantation is one of the only plantation museums in the South (and the only one in Louisiana) that centers around the stories and heritage of enslaved people. It’s widely regarded as a tribute to the thousands of stories that went untold throughout history and that shaped New Orleans today.

Sweet Soulfood 

This Black-owned and operated queer-friendly dining spot on Broad Street serves up vegan soul food, ready to take to-go and enjoy on nearby Bayou St John.

New Orleans Botanical Garden

This beautiful botanical garden in City Park is expansive and lush. You’ll see and learn about local and exotic plants through their series of greenhouses and courtyards.

For more LGBTQIA travel guides from our influencers, be sure to check out:

Lance Bass’ guide to Los Angeles

Gabbi and Shanna’s guide to New York City

Chris Rhodes’ guide to Austin

Ravi Roth’s guide to New York City

Allie and Sam’s guide to Miami

Todrick Hall’s guide to Texas

Follow  @probablythis and  @Orbitz  on Instagram this month for a virtual tour of New Orleans, and share your own #HappyPlace with the world. 

Note: Orbitz compensates authors for their writings appearing on this site; such compensation may include travel and other costs.

 

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