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Art. Music. Food. Culture. Life. New Orleans has everything you need for a healthy and happy soul - and then some. If you're looking to eat, dance, and explore to your heart’s content, NOLA is where you want to be to let the good times roll.

New Orleans is a melting pot of many different cultures, which helps to establish its unique, eclectic, and inclusive atmosphere. French, Spanish, Haitian and Cuban influences come together to create a whirlwind of unmatched sights, sounds, and tastes. It only takes a few hours in NOLA to see that all of the tales you’ve heard are true: New Orleans’ reputation for vibrant food, fascinating history, magnificent live music, and of course, thriving party hub, is all true.

The cuisine is rich. The live bands are hot. The architecture is unforgettable. On your way home, you’ll already be planning your next visit. Before you start sipping Sazeracs and munching on po’ boys, here is what you need to know to plot the perfect itinerary for your upcoming stay in the Big Easy.

“You’ll never know what heaven means until you’ve been down to New Orleans.” – Elvis Presley

Things to Do in the Warehouse District

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Things to Do in the Warehouse District

The Warehouse District (also known as the Arts District) has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past few decades, prompting many to call the neighborhood the “SoHo of the South.” With over two dozen galleries in the Warehouse District alone, the neighborhood has evolved into a destination for guests who want a visual dose of the Deep South’s art and culture.

The Warehouse District’s historical significance, close proximity to the St. Charles Streetcar line, and fine-tuned focus on art emanate the heart and soul of America's most unique and eclectic city. As you explore the neighborhood, check out the galleries, visit the National WWII Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and hit up the Howlin’ Wolf for an evening of energetic live music. Just around the corner and across Poydras Street, you will find Harrah’s Casino - try your luck!

Explore the Warehouse District

Things to Do in The French Quarter

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Things to Do in The French Quarter

Awaken Your Senses

Known simply as the Quarter, this iconic 85-square block district is the oldest neighborhood in the city. It’s the go-to New Orleans tourist destination for visitors from all over the world, but it attracts plenty of locals too. From the open-air French Market to Preservation Hall to some of the city's most historic museums, you'll find countless New Orleans attractions around every corner as you explore the truly singular French Quarter.

What to See

As you explore the French Quarter, don't miss the opportunity to tour the St. Louis Cathedral or take a ride on the Steamboat Natchez. Grab some beignets and chicory coffee from Café Du Monde to start your day, and for lunch, you can’t go wrong with a po’ boy from Johnny’s. Take a picture in Jackson Square, then tour the 1850 House to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the middle to upper class during the prosperous times of trade in the Crescent City.

For more insider recommendations about what to see and do in the Vieux Carré, check out our French Quarter Attractions Guide!

French Quarter Attractions Guide

New Orleans Dining Is Unmatched

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New Orleans Dining Is Unmatched

Consistently ranked as one of the nation's top foodie destinations, New Orleans is home to hundreds of world-class restaurants, some of the country's best seafood, and the ultimate melting pot of American cuisine. As you explore the French Quarter, Garden District, and beyond, you'll find no shortage of options when it’s time to eat in New Orleans. The list of must-try restaurants likely exceeds the number of meals you can possibly fit into your trip!

To make things simpler for you, make sure you sample the best versions of all of New Orleans’ famed dishes. For classic French-Creole fine dining in the French Quarter, make a reservation at Galatoire’s. For classic Cajun-Creole fare like gumbo, visit Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in Tremé. If you're in the mood for Cajun-infused pork and seafood dishes, get a table at Chef Donald Link's Cochon in the Warehouse District. Or try something new with Turtle Soup at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District.

As you plan your trip, take a look at our New Orleans Dining Guide to see how the techniques of the French, the spices of the Caribbean, and the native seafood, produce, and livestock of Louisiana make New Orleans’ cuisine the best in the world.

New Orleans Dining Guide

Take a Walk Down Bourbon Street

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Take a Walk Down Bourbon Street

You haven’t partied until you’ve partied on Rue Bourbon. A night out on Bourbon Street is a carnival of sights and sounds that will keep you entertained into the early morning hours. You can walk the streets with a cocktail in hand (hand grenades, anyone?) and check out the parade of clubs and burlesque bars, with live jazz playing on every corner and lively people dancing everywhere you look. The party kicks up a notch during Mardi Gras, but don’t worry – any time of year there’s revelry on Bourbon Street, day and night.

Join the Locals on Frenchmen Street

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Join the Locals on Frenchmen Street

"Feel good music, I've been told, is good for your body and is good for your soul." - The Meters, Hey Pocky Way

If you lived in New Orleans, where would you go? For many who call NOLA home, the answer is invariably Frenchmen Street. When you’re ready to go slightly off the beaten path and bid adieu to the mayhem of Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street is the place to find the city's best music, a warm good-times feel, and the local vibe of New Orleans.

As you hop from club to club on Frenchman, keep an eye out for local favorites like the Treme Brass Band, Washboard Chaz, and Glen David Andrews at places like the Spotted Cat, d.b.a., and Blue Nile. Want to refuel after a late night out? Book a jazz brunch at The Maison and enjoy tasty cooking with lively jazz and swing music in the background.

Plan Your Family Vacation

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Plan Your Family Vacation

While New Orleans is known around the world as a dining, nightlife, and music destination, it's also an amazing city for a family vacation! With great museums, beautiful outdoor spaces, and tons of history, you and the kids will have a blast during your upcoming trip to NOLA!

Audubon Nature Institute

If your kids love nature, don't miss the Audubon Nature Institute, which operates museums throughout the city. Within walking distance of the hotel you'll find the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. For an interactive, outdoor experience, head to the picturesque Audubon Zoo, located 20 minutes from Cambria New Orleans Downtown Warehouse District.

Louisiana Children's Museum

If you're traveling with youngsters, the Louisiana Children's Museum is the perfect way to spend a day! Just a five-minute walk from the hotel, the museum's bubbles exhibit, kid-sized grocery store, and Art Trek installations are family favorites.

French Market

With Cafe du Monde's airy beignets, a handful of praline shops, and tons of souvenir stands in the open-air market, the French Market is the French Quarter's premier family-friendly attraction. If you grow weary of traversing the crowds with your kids, find a bench along the riverfront for a relaxing reprieve.

Visit City Park New Orleans

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Visit City Park New Orleans

City Park has to make it onto your New Orleans bucket list! You thought New York City’s Central Park was huge? Think again. City Park is about 50 percent larger and is home to the world’s largest group of live oak trees – some are over 600 years old! Man made beauty abounds as well in New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, five acres filled with over 60 sculptures by artists from around the world. After a pleasant afternoon at the park, treat yourself to some cajun boucherie at Toups Meatery on Carrollton.

Take a Self Guided Tour

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Take a Walk Down Bourbon Street

Looking to explore the city of New Orleans but don't know where to start? We have partnered with GPS my City to create interactive self-guided tours right from your hotel room. Choose iconic attractions you want to see and download the customized walk right to your phone or tablet. Start your adventure now!

Design Your Tour

New Orleans Event Calendar

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New Orleans Event Calendar

Few cities know how to throw a party quite like New Orleans, and in the Crescent City, partying goes above and beyond late nights in the Quarter. On any given weekend, you'll find jubilant second line parades, tons of great concerts, and a rotating cast of exciting events. From Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest to French Quarter Fest, New Orleansdistricjt does it right.

Take a look at our New Orleans Event Guide to find out what's going on during your upcoming visit to New Orleans.

New Orleans Event Guide

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