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Old 11-28-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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Planning a weekend trip to new orleans for me and my wife just wondering what the best thing to do is
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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Planning a weekend trip to new orleans for me and my wife just wondering what the best thing to do is
If you've never been to NO, the French Quarter/Bourbon Street is a must.
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:09 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Spend time in the quarter and if you get the chance head uptown to Magazine St and the zoo.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Da Parish
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We have a sort of formula when we have a quick visit to other cities. We try to do a city tour, (Greyline etc.), a decent restaurant, and a ghost tour. I have found that the city tour leaves us feeling like we know a good deal more about the city and can lead us towards doing something that intrests us. We just like ghost tours; they're fun, and of course one good above budget meal makes you feel like you're on vacation.

From a tourist standpoint the must do/see would be Bourbon St., Cafe Du Monde, a tour of either the Cabildo, Presbytere (I would choose this one for the Mardi Gras exhibit), or/and one historical home, wander down Royal St. for antique shops and art galleries and eat at one nice (doesn't have to be expensive, just good), restaurant, (The New Orleans Menu Restaurant Index), a streetcar ride, and everyone wants to get that souvinier hurricane glass from Pat O'Brian's.

Ultimately just do what you find to be relaxing and go where your feet take you. Over doing it is never fun.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Just Outside New Orleans (Gretna)
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Take a ride on the ferry at the foot of Canal street to Algiers Point and back. There's really not a whole lot to see in Algiers but it's a great view of the city from the river. If you do want to see something in Algiers, take a shuttle bus from the ferry to Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World (about a 2 or 3 minute ride). Most mardi gras floats are built there.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:55 PM
 
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isnt algiers one of the most dangerous parts of N.O.
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Algiers
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isnt algiers one of the most dangerous parts of N.O.
No, it's not! If you decide to visit Mardi Gras World, there is a shuttle bus from the ferry landing to the site and back again. No need to feel unsafe.
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I went during Halloween and my wife and daughter really loved the French Quarter architecture, the iron work galleries and patio gardens were very impressive.

We also did the Ghost tour with the Haunted History group. It was fun and informative. We overheard some of the tour guides on the other companies tours and each one sounded different and while most cover the same core sites, they all vary a little. The VooDoo tours were also very intertaining from what I could hear, but I would only suggest one walking tour per day unless you have really good shoes and don't mind a lot of standing around at each site.

We also did a self guided tour of a cemetary and it was much more interesting than I would have thought before hand. There are a number of cemeteries close to downtown that have historical significance and are very different than cemetaries anywhere else in the country. I would highly suggest touring at least one of these.

The restaurants are great and the beignets are a treat you MUST try even if you don't care for pastries much. They are more than just a dessert, they are a cultural experience.

Watch out for parades around any holiday as they will block off large numbers of streets and ban street parking all over the quarter on parade days. Without proper planning you could get trapped after 3pm due to street closures.

Bourbon street is an experience, some love it and some not so much. I am an avid people watcher so I thought it was amazing what people do, say and wear (or don't wear). My wife was not so thrilled with the crowds, noise and obnoxious "young" people. I didn't have the heart to tell her that some of those kids were our age and just acting like they were 19. If you don't like crowds, lewd sights, drunk people and crazy antics...stay away from Bourbon street. If you do, don't miss the mechanical bull ride at one of the bars...I can say which one it was anymore, but it was a larger bar on a corner in the middle of the district.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Just Outside New Orleans (Gretna)
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We also did a self guided tour of a cemetary
Now THAT'S a little risky (at some of the cemetaries). I would always suggest doing cemetary tours with as large a group as possible. They are known to be criminal hot spots looking for the lone tourist...
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