New Orleans is home to one of the busiest ports, yet the city is remarkably compact and easy to navigate. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that many of the city’s attractions, accommodations, and event venues are within walking distance of each other. Take a look at some online maps of the city. You can always peruse the visitor brochures at your hotel as well.
Take a City Tour
A professionally guided city tour is always recommended to see "The Big Easy." Sort out the many historic neighborhoods with a sightseeing tour; enjoy a walking tour, a ghost and cemetery tour, and food tours. Tours are available by bus, van, private car, horse-powered carriage, or bicycle.
Take a leisurely cruise down the Mississippi River on the Creole Queen Paddlewheel or the last authentic steamboat on the river, Steamboat Natchez. Both boats offer dinner or daytime jazz cruises and historical cruises.
Experience New Orleans Parks
Walk among the centuries-old oaks of City Park, picnic in picturesque Audubon Park, or enjoy views of the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park.
Bike along the levee
Rent a bike and go for a ride along the levee while taking in the sights and sounds of the mighty Mississippi River.
Streetcars of New Orleans
New Orleans streetcars are the oldest in the United States. The St. Charles Avenue line was named a National Historic Landmark in 2014 and provides a particularly scenic view of historic New Orleans’ homes. The Canal Street line runs down the major thoroughfare of the city, transporting residents and tourists to shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
Cities of the Dead
New Orleans is known for its cemeteries, many with colorful histories. Worth a visit is Metairie Cemetery to view the incredible tombs set in lovely garden areas. The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is a very old and famous cemetery with notable African-Americans such as voodoo queen Marie Laveau and former mayor Ernest “Ditch” Morial buried here. Cemetery tours are conducted daily by a number of tour companies.