New Orleans, the Big Easy, the Crescent City…….whatever you choose to call it….. is one of the most interesting and exciting cities in the Southeastern US. Founded by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville in 1718, the city went from French control to Spanish control, back to French control until it was finally purchased by a young new country, the United States, in 1803.
Throughout its interesting and ever-changing society, it managed to create its own unique culture. It is one of my favorite cities. From the excitement of the French Quarter to the beauty of the Garden District, there is never a dull moment in the Big Easy. As they say in New Orleans, “laissez les bon temps rouler.” Let the good times roll.
While I could go on for ages about things to do in New Orleans, I’ll keep this concise for you. Here are just some of the things that everyone should do in New Orleans:
1. The Garden District
Explore New Orleans charmed Garden District. Throughout the district are magnificent mansions and beautiful lush gardens. For the American Horror Story ‘Coven’ fans, the mansion featured in the series can be found in the Garden District.
2. New Orleans Oak Alley Plantation
Walk the quarter mile long alley of 28 evenly spaced Oak trees, each over 250 years old. Located in St. James Parrish, this plantation, built in 1839, was established as a Sugar Cane plantation. This beautiful, and well-preserved estate will give you a glimpse into life in the antebellum south. Be sure to allow yourself 2 hours to truly enjoy all it has to offer.
3. Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez
Boarding the steamboat Natchez takes you back in time. Ride along the current on the delightful crescent of the lower Mississippi. Aboard the only authentic steamboat in the city you can visit the carefully preserved engine room. While listening to the sounds of the calliope, a keyboard instrument resembling an organ but with the notes produced by steam whistles. While listening to music you can also enjoy a creole lunch.
4. Old Cemeteries
Take of a tour of the two oldest and most interesting cemeteries in the city. St. Louis No. 1 is located just on the edge of the city while St. Louis No. 2 is a bit off the beaten path. You will be told interesting stories of New Orleans’ earliest colonists. You will be shown two tombs reputed to be the burial place of the Voodoo Queen – Marie Laveau
5. The French Quarter
Finally, explore the French Quarter. New Orleans has a unique and diverse cultural heritage. The French and Spanish traditions combined to create a unique society all to itself. And don’t forget to visit Jackson Square, the French market, Pirates Alley and, of course, walk along the beautiful Mississippi River.
Hopefully you’ve seen a few items on this list that have sparked the wanderlust for New Orleans. If you’re ready to head out, reach out to me to see how I can make your trip an unforgettable one. And let’s let the good times roll.