New Orleans Travel Guide & Information

New Orleans is a major U.S. port and the largest city in the state of Louisiana. The city was named after Philippe II, Duc d'Orleans. New Orleans is well known for its multicultural heritage, cuisine, architecture, music and annual celebrations and festivals, particularly Mardi Gras. Also nicknamed “the Big Easy”, New Orleans offers many attractions for singles, couples, families with children and those interested in culture, arts and live entertainment.

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Travel to New Orleans, a city that is full of picturesque historic buildings, lush parks, interesting museums, riverboats and historic streetcars, and of course jazz cafes. Book Flights to New Orleansand visit the world-renowned French Quarter, Bourbon Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The New Orleans area is home to numerous celebrations, the most popular of which is Mardi Gras. When it comes to food, New Orleans has plenty to offer. With culinary festivals, romantic dinners and open air dining, the choices are endless. Colorful festivals, sumptuous cuisine, great architecture, a vibrant nightlife and jazz make New Orleans one of the hottest travel spots.

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Things to do in New Orleans

Museums:

New Orleans has several fine museums.

National World War II Museum: focuses on the contribution made by the United States to victory by the Allies in World War II and the Battle of Normandy. The museum's exhibits blend personal accounts, artifacts, documents, photographs and never before seen film footage.

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New Orleans Museum of Art: is the city's oldest fine arts institution. The museum's permanent collection is particularly strong in French and American art, particularly in regards to the Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz Collections. The other major exhibits are photography, glass, African and Japanese works. You’ll also find an extensive collection of American art with works from the pre-Columbian period through the Spanish Colonial era.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art: The collections at Ogden Museum of Southern Art include Southern artworks from Washington, D.C. and 15 Southern states spanning the 18th to the 21st centuries and include paintings, prints, watercolors, photographs, ceramics, sculpture, crafts and design. The focus is visual arts and culture in the American South within the context of the region's history and culture.

Prominent Attractions:

New Orleans hosts several attractions that are well worth the visit.

Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the most famous Carnival celebrations in the world. It is a season of parades, beads and king cake parties. The yearly festival includes numerous events throughout the city and is also known as the biggest free party on earth. Watching a parade in New Orleans is a participatory party; crowds dance to live music. There is usually at least one parade every night starting two Fridays before Mardi Gras.

Aquarium of the Americas: The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a renowned aquarium in New Orleans. The exhibits generally feature particular regions throughout North and South America and consist of 10,000 animals representing 530 species. Located adjacent from the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a stunning place to spend an afternoon in downtown New Orleans.

The Presbytere: located in the French Quarter along Jackson Square is an important historical building in New Orleans. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970. One of twin Spanish colonial-style buildings flanks St. Louis Cathedral. This one, on the right, was designed to house the priests, but instead served as a courthouse.

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Where to Stay in New Orleans:

You’ll find cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, in New Orleans, to name a few.

French Quarter: Choosing a hotel in the French Quarter is an opportunity to be in the center of New Orleans famous attractions like historic houses and buildings, first-class entertainment, dining and the Mississippi River. There are several types of accommodations in the French Quarter ranging from large international chains to quaint bed and breakfasts, to time share condominiums and small guest houses.

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Central Business District: or CBD, stretches from the Superdome to the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center and is most popular amongst business travelers and sports fans. You’ll find major hotel chains including the Marriot, Hilton, Sheraton, and Hyatt hotels. There are numerous options for budget travelers, too. The CBD is home to many museums, like the National D-Day Museum, Louisiana Children's Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Contemporary Arts Center.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to New Orleans, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport officeand, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit New Orleans

New Orleans has an indefatigable spirit and has always been and remains a premier vacation destination all round the year. However, the most popular time to visit New Orleans is during the Mardi Gras.

If you’re traveling for Mardi Gras, we strongly urge you to book hotels and flights far in advance to ensure you get the best travel deal and that everything won’t be booked.

Budget travelers can choose to visit New Orleans during the summer.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (February to May, October to November)

Off-Peak season: (June to September)

New Orleans Weather

Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans has a subtropical climate and mild weather, making it an ideal year-round holiday destination.

* During the summer season, from June through August, temperatures are hot and the weather is fairly humid.

* Temperatures are at their coolest during the winter months of December, January and February.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout New Orleans. Be sure to notify your bank and let them know your dates of travel as well as the cost of ATM withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the primary language.