Where is New Orleans?
New Orleans is located on the Mississippi River between the Gulf Coast and Lake Pontchartrain in southern Louisiana. It’s an hour or so by car from the state capital, Baton Rouge, with Mobile, Alabama around a two-hour drive to the east, and Houston, Texas around a five-hour drive to the west. It is served by its own international airport and the I-10 Interstate.
Where should I stay in New Orleans?
Most private rentals are located downtown, in and around the historic French Quarter and neighboring Treme, Marigny/Bywater, and Central Business District (CBD). The city’s downtown is compact and easy to navigate on foot.
Just beyond this is the Garden District, a more residential neighborhood but with lots of smaller boutique stores, cafes, and restaurants. This becomes Uptown the further you explore, giving way to huge mansions and eventually, universities and Audubon Park. Houses along St. Charles Avenue have the evocative streetcar passing by them and are a quieter option than downtown.
The French Quarter is much more lively, especially on Bourbon Street, whereas the CBD, Treme, and Marigny/Bywater neighborhoods offer a neat compromise between location and tranquility. Mid City is mainly residential, but enjoys proximity to the lovely Bayou St. John waterway.
How much does it cost to stay in an Airbnb in New Orleans?
The cost of a rental in New Orleans will vary according to its location, amenities, time of year, and the day of the week you plan to visit. Rental rates in New Orleans are also very sensitive to large festivals (such as Mardi Gras) and conventions.
There are budget and mid-range options that start at around $80 per night, but the more luxurious properties will start closer to $300 per night and upwards. For a multi-day or weekend stay, budget for at least $500 off-peak, or upwards of $1,000 for a peak time stay in a large, high-end property.
When is the best time to visit New Orleans?
For better deals, as well as increased availability, visit during the quieter summer and winter months, when there are fewer crowds and less competition for rooms. Summer will see hot, sticky, humid weather, but that deterrent makes it far more affordable. If you’re set on a peak-season trip to New Orleans, plan to increase your budget or consider only visiting midweek for more affordable rates.
What is there to do in New Orleans?
Just walking around the French Quarter, with its famed wrought-iron balconies and historic architecture, is quite the experience. Bourbon Street is a rowdy, neon-lit thoroughfare that runs through the neighborhood, but there are hundreds of restaurants and bars and the antique stores of Royal Street.
The Mississippi River frames the city, and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah’s Casino are also top attractions. The National World War II Museum is a world-class facility, and the city’s parks, City and Audubon, are well worth exploring, the former being the location for the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Walking along Magazine Street with its boutiques and cafes is a great weekend activity, and riding the streetcar along St Charles Avenue delivers some lovely sights.
The city’s traditional jazz clubs are mainly located along Frenchmen Street in the Marigny.
Is it safe to visit New Orleans during COVID?
The CDC currently says that fully vaccinated people can safely travel in the US. Of course, there are still risks and we recommend following CDC and WHO guidelines.