♥Looking for a good time, good music and GREAT FOOD? Well travel south to New Orleans, La and Laissez les Bontemps Roule! (Let the Good Times Roll)
New Orleans, has a lot of unique things to offer besides food, music and Bourbon St. It's filled with rich culture and many myths! If you're into hauntings and paranormal stuff visit during Halloween and we guarantee it'll be a Halloween you won't forget! -Go on a Haunted French Quarter Tour to make your hair really stand on its ends!
-Get your palms read by a psyhic
-The country is currently crazy about vampires, so you get your vampire fix by going on a
-Get dressed up and head down to bourbon street for a night of tricks and treats.
-Go to a voodoo shop. Why travel down south and not a get voodoo doll souvenir?
-Last but certainly not least, visit the cemeteries. There are a lot of cemeteries that many believed are haunted. Don't believe us? TRAVEL CHANNEL ranked New Orleans #5 as the World's Creepiest Destinations!
If paranormal activity is not you're thing, it's quite alright! There are other happenings like Mardi Gras, Essence Music Festival, Jazz & Heritage Festival plus much more!
-Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday usually begins in late January & last until late Feb or early March. 2-3 months of non-stop partying! Giant floats decorated elaborately with cartoon characters and lights a parade during Mardi Gras will definitely be the highlight of your trip! Don't forget to say "Throw me something mister!"
- Jazz & Heritage Festival annually held the last 2 weekends in April and 1st weekend in May will let you see New Orleans in a different light. Great artist headline the weekends, vendors are out selling souvenirs; ranging from fluer de lis to unique art, this festival is one you definitely don't want to miss! While there get your hands on some crawfish-seafood that is New Orleans is known for. Don't be afraid; they don't bite!
-Essence Music Festival held every year during the 4th of July Weekend is the talk of the town year round! With artist like Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson etc, no wonder tourist from near and far travel to the Big Easy! TIP: book your hotels well in advance and purchase concert tickets in advance too! You'll get a better deal.
-If you don't want to visit during some of the busiest times for the city, visit just about any weekend of the year and you will enjoy what the city has to offer.
-Stay in the French Quarter Area, or Downtown on Canal St, Poydras Ave, St. Charles Ave or Gravier St.
-Pack an umbrella-it can rain unexpectedly
-If you're driving or renting a car, parking downtown can be hard. So bring change for meters or catch a cab
-Wear comfortable shows when going on Bourbon St. You want to be able to party until the bars close down!
DO'S AND DON'TS:
-DO go on BOURBON ST! Located off of Canal St, this is the tourist spot people cannot wait to see.-DO try the Infamous Handgrenades! This tropical flavored drink will ensure you'll have a good time. Stop by the Tropical Isle bar on Bourbon St to enjoy this tasty drink.
-DON'T travel anywhere at night by yourself. Be aware of your surroundings.
-DO try food authentic to the city: Seafood Gumbo, Oysters, Shrimp, Praline Pecan Candies and the list goes on
-DON'T forget to ride the street car
-DO go on Frenchman St if the Bourbon St crowd is too much for you to handle!
-DON'T forget to stop at the FRENCH MARKET before you leave!