InterContinental New Orleans
Begin your day the New Orleans way by visiting Café du Monde or one of the iconic beignet shops scattered around the city and indulge in hot beignets covered with powdered sugar and freshly brewed coffee. Once energized, visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to admire an impressive breadth of regional paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Delve into the history of jazz, explore interactive exhibits, and watch musical performances at the New Orleans Jazz Museum. With over 365 annual concerts, 25,000 museum artifacts, and an array of festivals throughout the year, the excitement is on year-round. For a magnificent shopping experience, venture to Royal Street, which is brimming with family-owned antique shops and fine art galleries. Be sure to admire the striking 18th-century French-inspired buildings that line the streets as you go.
For lunch, delight in the Cajun favorites the Big Easy is famous for by visiting the Garden District, which is known for its incredible restaurants and cafes, along with its magnolia-lined streets and magnificent homes. Hop on the St. Charles Streetcar Line and enjoy the views from the vintage streetcar as you move through the city. Afterward, make your way to Magazine Street. This famous street runs six miles parallel to the Mississippi River and traverses several of the city's neighborhoods. Visit the National World War II Museum to hear first-person oral histories from those who fought in the war, immerse yourself in the multimedia experiences, and contemplate the artifacts collections. Later, stop by Canal Street to explore the interesting stores, theaters, and museums before wandering over to the French Quarter. Take a leisurely stroll through Jackson Square and appreciate the works of local artists before entering St. Louis Cathedral or the Cabildo. No matter what you decide to do, there are always entertaining and fascinating things to do in the French Quarter.
With live jazz clubs, iconic bars, and trendy restaurants, there are many exciting things to do near Bourbon Street once the sun goes down. Take a ride through the vibrant streets of this thrilling city in a mule-drawn carriage or stroll through the French Quarter and marvel at the historic Creole townhouses. Sports enthusiasts can get a ticket to attend a game at the state-of-the-art Smoothie King Center to watch the New Orleans Pelicans or the New Orleans Voodoo play. Fans of the New Orleans Saints can cheer on their team at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.College football fans should make it a point to go to the Sugar Bowl if visiting New Orleans in January.
The Sounds of New Orleans
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz so be sure to take in the jazz and brass scene at local bars and jazz clubs. The city has also become a popular stop for touring acts thanks to state-of-the-art facilities like the Smoothie King Center and Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
A Southern City With French Flair
In 1803, the entire Louisiana territory doubled in size when it was purchased from France for $15 million. Today, you can still observe France's influence on the region in Cajun cuisine, which blends West African, French, and Spanish cooking techniques, as well as in the Creole-style architecture the city is known for.
A Scenic Cruise Along the Mississippi
Board the Riverboat Natchez and delight in an authentic grand paddle wheeler experience on a two-hour cruise down the mighty Mississippi. Enjoy live jazz performances and signature cocktails as you admire captivating views of some of the city's most iconic sites. Toast with friends on a brunch cruise or marvel at an exquisite sunset as the saxophone comes alive on the dinner jazz cruise.
Home of the Sugar Bowl
Since 1935, New Orleans has been home to the Sugar Bowl, the second oldest bowl game after the Rose Bowl and one of the most important bowls for college football. Originally taking place at Tulane University, the Sugar Bowl moved to the Superdome in 1975 and continues to be a college football fan favorite.