48 Hours in New Orleans
48 Hours in New Orleans
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Whether you are traveling to New Orleans for the first time or you’re a seasoned visitor, the city’s infectious spirit is sure to invigorate, captivate and motivate you in ways you never imagined!
In fact, this year offers even more special experiences than usual as we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans. As one of the world’s most unique and diverse cities, New Orleans will celebrate with its citizens and open its doors to the world to share the city’s rich history and culture.
Narrowing the playing field can be a challenge with so many options. We suggest determining how much time you have and establishing priorities – history, art, music, food, watering holes and the like - and then add in some time for the many spontaneous discoveries that you’ve heard or read about. Anticipate a few hours of sleep, expect to sample cuisine at least three times a day, and of course be ready to create many unique memories.
Named “the best American City to Visit” by Travel + Leisure Magazine, New Orleans is easy to maneuver and offers a multitude of options for all ages and interests. Once you’ve spent 48 hours exploring the Crescent City, there’s no doubt in our minds that you will come back for more!
Morning - Welcome, New Orleans Style!
The New Orleans International Airport is a short ride to the heart of the city. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with true southern hospitality by our Accent DMC team and depart on one of our luxurious vehicles to start your visit to New Orleans.
Breakfast and the French Market
Local culinary classics Café au lait and beignets are perfect any time of day at the iconic 24-hour Café du Monde, but we suggest you start at this end of the French Market. Hint: Don’t wear dark colors and be careful not to inhale the powdered sugar!
Then weave your way through French Market shops and all of the Flea Market treasures en route to the U.S. Mint on Esplanade Avenue. There, you’ll be treated to dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming and so much more, celebrating jazz in the city where it was born. Across Esplanade, you can also discover Frenchmen Street, an extremely ‘happening’ music venue and a nighttime adventure not to miss!
Lunch and a History Lesson
Turn back toward the Market and head to Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral where you can delve into the architectural highlights and French Quarter history of both buildings, including the Cabildo and Presbytere which flank the Basilica on each side. There are more amazing exhibits in each, including a Mardi Gras display and an exhibit chronicling Hurricane Katrina. Also note the Pontalba buildings on each side of the Square; these are the oldest apartment dwellings in the country and built in the European tradition of shops located on the bottom levels.
You will then pass some of our favorite restaurants as you meander over to Royal Street – the Rodeo Drive of Antiques.
Cast iron balconies overlook Royal Street, where creole townhouses are packed tight with antique shops, art galleries and restaurants with hidden courtyards. For a late afternoon cocktail, stroll upriver on Royal Street to the Carousel Bar at the historic Monteleone Hotels. Hint: Marvin is our favorite bartender there! Be ready for a spin, literally, at the bar. There’s also some great nighttime entertainment to experience here.
Late afternoon - Beyond the French Quarter
Take the streetcar uptown through the Garden District for a view of the magnificent homes dotted along St. Charles Avenue. Depending on the hour, you might want to visit the award-winning Commander’s Palace for dinner and view the cemeteries located across from the entrance.
Dinner, Cocktail Tour and Nightlife
If you missed Commander’s, there are a multitude of renowned restaurants with tantalizing menus to select from. You might also consider taking a cocktail tour to learn more about the libations that are part of our heritage. After dinner would be a good time to head back to the jazz clubs on Frenchmen Street, or visit the Piano Bar at Pat O’Brien’s, home of the Hurricane.
Late Night - Pick Your Passion
If you’ve been bitten by the beignet bug, there’s always room for more and Café du Monde awaits you. Or, you can opt for a Grasshopper, created here in New Orleans, a frozen Irish Coffee at Erin Rose, which is open until 4 am, or even a Brandy Milk Punch – not just for breakfast - if it’s in the wee hours, that works too, take our word for it!
Breakfast - Start Your Day Anew
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, try hitting the gym for an early work out and enjoy a morning smoothie, or you can go straight for the croissants and French toast in the hotel restaurant.
Morning - Let’s Go Down on the Bayou
New Orleans boasts one of the wildest swamps and natural areas in North America where you can take in the beauty, serenity and vast interior of this mysterious ecosystem. Flourishing with Cypress trees draped in Spanish moss, wild flowers and multitudes of indigenous aquatic plants, the swamp opens a path to the heart of Louisiana. Kick it up a notch by zipping through this vast marshland on your airboat as it skims the water’s surface. Magnificent egrets and Great Blue Herons burst into flight, and turtles dive watery depths.
Lunch with a New Orleans Flair
Ever have a po-boy sandwich or a muffaletta, another New Orleans culinary tradition, from the Central Market? Oysters on the half-shell or charcoal broiled, fresh seafood dishes – even boiled crawfish – will have you eating like a local.
Take time to learn about the indigenous Mardi Gras Indians with a visit to the Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme, visit The Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter to view the special Tricentennial exhibit, titled New Orleans, the Founding Era, or check out the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in Central City where our culinary origins are displayed. You can even ride an authentic sternwheeler down the Mississippi aboard the Steamboat Natchez, calliope music playing in the background as you cruise.
Evening - Memorable Dinner
End your time in New Orleans with dinner at Commander’s Palace (if you missed that earlier!) Arnaud’s, where you can view a collection of Mardi Gras finery from founder Germaine Wells or Antoine’s, celebrating a 176-year legacy. Each has its own charm and offer unique French-Creole dining experiences.
After Dinner - One for the Road
If you haven’t yet made it to one of our famous late-night spots, now’s the time to grab that final cocktail and take in the soulful sounds of jazz. There are also several roof-top establishments, like Hot Tin at the Pontchartrain Hotel, with dramatic views of the city that we hope you’ve come to love as much as we do.
Morning - All Good Things Must Come to a Pause…
But, hopefully, not an end. Our team will greet you at your hotel in the morning with a celebratory Bloody Mary as you head off to the airport for your return flight. It’s a great time to ask any questions you still have, and start planning your return. Yes, we’re that certain you’ll know by then “what it means to miss New Orleans”.
One little thing you didn't know about New Orleans...
A little 'New Orleans' lagniappe
Contrary to the stories you’ve heard…, Bourbon Street is NOT named after the Kentucky whiskey. When the city was founded, it was named after the French Royal Family, the "House of Bourbon", which produced a number of French kings, including Louis XIV, The Sun King.
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