Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, the Garden District, the Superdome and more.
New Orleans, Louisiana is a vibrant and unique city located on the Gulf of Mexico - bordered by Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas - and it’s loaded with interesting and memorable things to do.
You could spend a month in the Big Easy and not see it all. But you can still pack enough fun, food, sightseeing and history into 24 hours to come away loving this one-of-a-kind blend of cultures.
Arrive early in the morning and you can enjoy the classic New Orleans breakfast: the perfect cup of coffee and some hot beignets at Cafe Du Monde in the French Quarter. The place never closes so you can experience this delightful outdoor cafe at whatever hour you are there.
The French Quarter is also the perfect spot to explore the city's vibrant nightlife. Wander the cobblestone streets and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Visit the iconic Bourbon Street to experience the energy of the city, grab a classic New Orleans cocktail, and enjoy the live music that can be found on nearly every corner. If you’re looking to experience the city’s culture, take a tour of one of the city’s many cemeteries. The walking tours will take you through the city’s above-ground burial sites, where you can learn more about the city’s unique burial customs and its history.
No visit to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the French Market. This iconic market has been around for centuries and is a great spot to pick up unique souvenirs or sample some of the city’s classic Creole cuisine. For those looking to get outdoors, the city has plenty of parks and green spaces. Head to City Park, an outdoor oasis that features walking trails, a botanical garden, and a lagoon. Or, take a stroll through Audubon Park, where you can explore the lush grounds and take in the beauty of the Mississippi River.
New Orleans, similar to San Francisco, is famous for the city’s iconic streetcars. A ride on the St. Charles Avenue line will take you through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, including the Garden District and the Uptown area. If you’re looking for a unique way to experience the city, take a swamp tour. These trips will take you through the bayous and swamps of the city, where you’ll get a chance to spot wildlife, such as alligators and birds.
Are you a sports fan or lover of football? The Superdome rises like a massive orb near the Poydras Street transit station at 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive - right in the heart of downtown. It's been the home of the New Orleans Saints since 1975 and has hosted seven NFL Super Bowl games as well as the college football Sugar Bowl every year since it opened.
Finally, end your 24 hours in New Orleans with a classic New Orleans meal. Whether you’re looking for some authentic Creole cuisine or some classic Southern fare, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy your cravings.
New Orleans is a unique and vibrant city that offers something for everyone. With a little planning, you can make the most of your brief time in the city and create some lifelong memories.