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City Guide New Orleans, USA

Visiting New Orleans

It is often said that New Orleans is like no other city in the US and the second you arrive you’ll see what they mean. It is literally heaving with activity all year round and the fascinating mix of culture which exists there greatly adds to the colour and atmosphere of this remarkable location.

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New Orleans City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Amazing!!!

    New Orleans was a blast and incredibly beautiful. I loved it and I look very much forward to returning to this beautiful city.

    Insider Tip:The place to go to for amazing music is Frenchmen st. Also, if you have a vehicle and enjoy great craft beer, then visit the Abita Brewery in Abita Springs, LA only an hour outside of the city.

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    hell0alex

    Favorite City Ever

    I think NOLA is overlooked as one of the top cities to explore in the USA. I have been to NYC, LA, Vegas, Memphis, Philly, ect but nothing can compare to NOLA. The food, the culture, the atmosphere, the views and the people are all encompassed into one big awesome experience. I've been twice in 10 months, and will definitely be back. Try all the food, explore all the places and get drunk on Bourbon!

    Insider Tip:While waiting for luggage, have someone wait in the long taxi line. The Grenade drinks are as mind blurring as they are rumored to be. Check groupon and foursquare for food deals!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    New Orleans

    I would recommend New Orleans but be warned, it's crazy! and can seem a bit intimidating if you're a female travelling alone (like I was). Still worth a visit, just keep your wits about you and watch out for the lethal cocktails they serve of Bourbon street...

    Insider Tip:Don't stay for more then 2 days if you're on your own and on a budget!

  • 70%

    davidezabell891946

    Nawlins Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras is crazy and almost anything goes. The parades are fantastic and unlike anything I've ever seen. The food is phenomenal, go to the Gumbo Shop near Jackson Square. Be prepared for both hot and freezing weather!

    Insider Tip:Transport is non-existent so stay close to the French Quarter and parade routes.

  • 70%

    anneroyster

    Great city, but a bit sketchy

    I'd been to NOLA many times when I was younger, but I guess I'd never realized just how sketchy it is. I'm glad I brought a male friend with me when I went. If you're uncomfortable with sexual things, this is not the city for you! However, the French Quarter is a ton of fun; bring cash to tip the entertainers who are everywhere. It's an expensive town; be prepared to drop a bunch of money. There's a convenient trolley; I'd recommend it rather than paying for parking.

    Insider Tip:You've got to know where to go before you go out for the night. You really aren't going to just wander into something good. Make sure you hit Cafe Du Monde for beignets and BRING CASH (they don't accept other forms of payment in the restaurant). One bartender at Voodoo BBQ and Grill prides herself on having the best deals in New Orleans: $1 choose your own shots and $2 beers. PS. When the guy says to you "I'll bet you $5 I know where you got your shoes," the answer is "On your feet on Bourbon St."

USA: Itinerary

Just north of the Mexican border, San Diego is the most laid back of California’s big cities and a great place to simply chill out. Situated on a bay, there are many places to laze about in during the day. It is also a compact grid meaning getting around is easy as pie.

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