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I remember the song:  It’s a long long way down the Mississippi….It’s a long long way to New Orleans.  By Barbara Ray.

New Orleans is indeed a city on the Mississippi River.  This town near the Gulf of Mexico is famous for its vibrant parades, street parties and carnivals.   It has a busy nightlife and is famous as a “musical city” with fantastic cuisine.

Having said all the above, this surely makes for an interesting holiday destination.  Adding the fact that New Orleans is also one of the best places to celebrate Halloween, as it is known to be one of the most “haunted” cities, you can bank on a lot of fun.

Halloween Celebrations are huge in New Orleans and are considered as one of the best places to join in the fun.  The official New Orleans Halloween parade has been famous since 2007.  Homes in the uptown are decorated and Frenchman Street is a buzz with costumes and tourists everywhere. 

When is the best time to visit

The best time to visit surely is in the Mardi Gras season which is from January to March, but keeping in mind this is also peak season.

During August and September you are more likely to get cheaper flights and the tourist spots are not so busy. 

October is therefore also a great month to visit if you love the fall festival season and Halloween Celebrations.

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Viator offers some interesting group tour options to explore the city.

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Why should you visit New Orleans

Experience the history behind the city and the traditions of bygone years.  When Visiting New Orleans you just have to go on an iconic steamboat experience.  The Sunday Brunch Steamboat Jazz Cruise is very popular and you have to experience Jazz the New Orleans way.

Obviously you also have to experience a Mardi Gras as well as at least one Jazz Festival.

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Where to stay

Check it out! The LATEST PRICES AND GETAWAY DEALS, or go to BOOKING.COM for more of the best places to stay.

Things to do

Visit the National World War II Museum.

The French Quarters next to the CBD is the oldest and most famous part of the city. Here you’ll find museums as well as music clubs and drinking establishments.

Visit the Garden District:

Take a trip to the Garden District. The area is easily accessible and walkable, but there are walking tours available.  Here you’ll find grand historic mansions, beautiful traditional New Orleans architecture and lavish gardens.  You might also spot Sandra Bullock’s house if you’re lucky.  (However you need to know her personally to go visit. LOL)

You may however take a look at the following historic homes:

  • Walter Grinnan Robinson House (1859) – Address: 1415 Third Street
  • Brevard House (1857) – Anne Rice’s house.
  • Payne-Strachan House – Address:  1134 First Street
  • Joseph Carroll House (1869) – Address:  1315 First Street
  • Bradish Johnson House (1872) – Addess:  2343 Prytania Street

The Oak tree lined streets and beautiful architecture is really a pretty part of New Orleans. 

The St. Charles Avenue streetcar runs through the Garden district and it is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. (Operated since 1835.)

It’s also the home to some of the best restaurants, shops and the popular attraction of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.

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Travel Tip

Once named by travelers as “the most dangerous city in the US”, you do have to take precaution when visiting, but there is still a lot to enjoy and New Orleans is a beautiful city to explore. The safest way to explore New Orleans is to book with a travel group:  Especially if you are looking for those mysterious “haunted experiences” or “graveyard tours”.  Never travel alone.  Always take a travel buddy with you.  Below are some trusted guided tours you can join for awesome experiences.

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Louis Armstrong International (MSY) is the city’s primary airport and is located in the suburb of Kenner.

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