Let’s face it: New Orleans is a tourist destination. Strolling around the French Quarter, you’re more likely to find couples from Canada and singles from San Francisco than born-and-bred locals (or those who aren’t from here, but got here as fast as they could). That’s not a bad thing — New Orleans loves its visitors. However, most locales that rank among tourists’ favorite places are free of locals. Or are they? In reality, there are spots so worthwhile even locals frequent them. Follow the crowd: These are seven spots in New Orleans that locals love, too.
During Mardi Gras, New Orleans comes alive with parading revelers in extravagant costumes who take to the streets to celebrate Fat Tuesday traditions, like throwing colorful beaded necklaces and dancing. During the fete, crowds converge on Bourbon Street to enjoy the nightlife where people dance to live brass bands along 13-block radius or observe the […]
New Orleans landed on my list of favorite cities not long after I first landed there. Two visits later, and I wasn’t quite ready to fly away. But I was ready to fly above. So for my final night in the Big Easy, I grabbed my resident little sister and her friend, and we headed to the gorgeous Art Deco New Orleans Lakefront Airport for a New Orleans VIP Sightseeing Flight.
Less than a year in of calling the Big Easy home, and my little sister Olivia was already a jaded local – and I, a world-weary travel writer. The amount of skepticism Olivia and I brought with us to the Mardi Gras World warehouse on the outskirts of New Orleans for a behind-the-scenes tour was enough to fill 10 Mardi Gras floats. Our hesitation only grew when our first stop on the tour was an enormous costume closet in which we were told to play dress up and take photos. Cue eyerolls reminiscent of our teen years. Yet soon, our tunes began to change …
Gaze at the architecture of the French Quarter in New Orleans and you’ll be able to see the various influences which have infused this city for the past few hundred years. Perhaps the most iconic element on these venerable buildings is the iron balconies gracing upper stories throughout the neighborhood. Graceful and distinctive, these structures are more than just elegant ironworks — they are also some of the most coveted spots in the city. Here’s the inside scoop on the best balconies in New Orleans for drinking, dancing, dining and more.
The holidays are a special time of year anywhere, but spending the Christmas season in New Orleans is an unforgettable treat. The city gets dressed up in its finest garb, with lights twinkling and garlands adorning the iconic iron balconies of the French Quarter. And one of the most unique things to do in New Orleans during December is to attend a Reveillon dinner.