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Old 03-14-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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We are thinking of traveling to New Orleans for Spring Break. We'd been thinking of going to Myrtle Beach and now we've scratched that. Any insight on New Orleans as as a vacation spot, especially after all it went through with Katrina??
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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YES! YES! YES! By all means, GO! Anything that tourists go there to see and do, is up and running with little evidence of the horrible catastrophe 5 years ago! I've been twice since Katrina and am going back again in April '11. It is my favorite playground.

Spring break is pretty spread out there since schools have different schedules. When are you going? April? April is a great month to be there but DO book NOW for it.

It's best to make your first visit there when there isn't a major festivity going on, but if the French Quarter Festival is going on then you're in for a real treat. It's a good walking city, but you may want to rent a car if you think you'll want to do the River Road drive (plantation homes) or drive around parts of the city (Metairie has a gorgeous cemetery work stopping into).

You should get a Frommer's or Fodor's travel guide, but I also suggest a copy of the National Geographic Traveller for New Orleans (excellent info, beautiful pictures). This would be a good way to read up some on the city's history.

What do you think you'll want to do there? Ask and I shall try to provide. You may also want to post this on the New Orleans Forum in case those who live there have more info on spring break.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Yes,, especially if you haven't been there. We were there in October,The debris has been mostly removed and you see a lot of vacant lots where houses once were.BE SURE to take a bus tour that includes the 9th Ward,the local born drivers will give you their insight. . Then you can navigate the rest of the areas you'll want to go to by public transportation.
We got an incredibly cheap hotel rate though Bookit .Be sure to eat at Mother's!
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Old 03-15-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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Thanks, there is nothing specific we want to see, just looking for a fun vacation spot with lots to do.
I am really into jazz music so I would like to visit some jazz bars/clubs.
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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New Orleans is a great place to visit. We spent several days there last May after our cruise ship returned. We stayed at the Hotel Provincial on Chartres Street. It was reasonably priced and a beautiful room. We felt it was a great location to walk all over the French Quarter. The restaurants in the French Quarter are kind of expensive, but very good. There is plenty of shopping, bars, clubs, history, and other activities to keep you busy. We had a lot of fun on the walking ghost tour. Lots of history in addition to ghost stories. The riverboat looked like a good trip also, as we saw it from the cruise ship. Go to N.O., and have a good time!
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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By all means, GO to NO!! It is fantastic. Great food, great people, great music and a beautiful city. THere is simply no place on earth like it.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Good travel books will mention this, but. . . .

Staying in The Quarter would be most convenient but most of the lodging is pretty spendy. The Faubourg Marigny, just off The Quarter, has some cheaper alternatives, mostly OLD B&B's. If you're the type to get turned on by old historical living quarters, there you have it.

In the Mariigny is Frenchman Street, a busy strip of nightclubs, many of them jazz. Since you like jazz you should consider Snug Harbor. You can find monthly entertainment schedules online.

Preservation Hall just off Bourbon is a kick. Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse is a classy stop right on Bourbon Street inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

A quirky but high recommendation: Mid-City Rock 'n' Bowl on S. Carrollton is a kick in the seat o' the pants! You'd have to take a cab there. It's a large bowling alley with large TV screens and a large dance floor for the popular nightclubs there. You can bowl while listening to some of Louisiana's finest. But the entertainment is of many genres ~ jazz, zydeco, Cajun, rock, etc. You can find the schedules online.

Brass Bands are another New Orleans treat to enjoy.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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The main tourist spots, from what i could see, like the French Quarter, were relatively untouched by Katrina. I visited in November and it was beautiful and is definately an awesome place to visit, especially if you havent been there before.

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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I visited NO for the first time in March 2009(got married there). It was wonderul & would be a great spring break destination. It is such a laid back place. You can do as little or a much as you like in a day. Plenty of bars, good food & great people. We went on a graveyard tour, carrriage rides, walked around the quarter,had beignets@ Cafe DuMonde (a MUST do),visited the aquarium, & Marti Gra world. I have also heard great things about the swamp tours. There really isn't any other place like it. We stayed at Hotel St. Marie & had a great, affordable stay. Also found a resturaunt we loved called Oceana.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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The above poster mentioned a lot of good things to do.

There is a very good website: www.nola.com

Graveyard tours are fascinating.
The Frenchmarket is a lot of fun. Don't forget to step inside the St. Louis Cathedral for a breathtaking beauty. Right next to the church is a wonderful Mardi Gras Museum (not to be confused with Mardi Gras World, which is recommended, too).
And don't forget the Garden District via the St. Charles Streetcar.
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