The historic pastel city on the bayou is a place where the tropics meets the American South, where Creole meets Cajun, Haitian meets African, and everyone eats, drinks and dances. The city is teeming with refreshing new energy, and is a destination infused with a French joie de vivre.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Do Gooders | Foodies | Romantics
When to goDecember-February | March-May | September-November
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
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3 Days: Essential New Orleans
The Big Easy is a melting pot of Creole, French, Cajun and American culture, which makes it one of the most uniquely artistic cities in the South. With a customized itinerary that includes classes and guided touring, you can make the most of your time in the Crescent City. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Spend your first day exploring the historical French Quarter. Save a sunset stroll for the pastel colored Creole cottages and shotgun houses. Stop by Carousel Bar, a rotating bar in the Hotel Monteleone, for cocktail hour before feasting on local cuisine. Most restaurants fall under the category of “local cuisine,” which can be anything from fried oyster po’boys at Domilise’s to duck breast with creamy seared brussel sprouts at Boucherie, finished off with a moonshine root beer float at Cochon.
Further immerse yourself in the cultural history of NOLA with a visit to the National World War 2 Museum or the Louisiana State Museum. Indagare can also arrange a guided tour of the famous cemeteries. Then, indulge in another decadent dinner at one of the French Quarter favorites, before spending a jazz-fueled evening at one of the local music halls on Frenchman Street or farther uptown at Tipitina’s. End the evening at the unofficial headquarters, Café du Monde, for a late-night beignet.
On your final day, take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar through the oak-lined avenues of the Garden District, where you can enjoy some antique shopping, and book a table at Commander’s Palace for the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Spend the afternoon soaking in music, culture and martinis before heading to the airport, satisfied and sleepy for your flight home.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
At the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, a large corporate hotel that's a favorite for conferences, history blends with modern amenities for a predictable Ritz experience.
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Entering Soniat House, located in two French Quarter Creole cottages, feels like traveling back in time to a New Orleans of past centuries.
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Hotel Peter & Paul
New Orleans's Hotel Peter & Paul, located in a former 19th-century convent and Catholic school, has been elegantly restored with modern amenities and super stylish, well-curated décor.
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Henry Howard Hotel
Located in New Orleans’s serene Garden District, this mansion–turned–boutique hotel boasts stylish accommodations.