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New Orleans Travel Information

Welcome to the Big Easy! With its ornate wrought iron balconies and narrow streets, the French Quarter is a picturesque starting point of any visit to New Orleans.

By day the area is very relaxed. Before exploring stop for a cup of the delicious chicory flavoured cafe au lait and order a beignet, fluffy doughnut-like pastries covered in powdered sugar and once tasted become a habit.

New Orleans
New Orleans, USA

The best way to explore is by foot, starting at Jackson Square. The French Quarter is where you can buy a voodoo doll or an alligator's skull, a place for walking tours around old cemeteries and to haunted inns, a place to see sharks and stingrays at the incredible Aquarium of the Americas, a place to learn how to cook Cajun style.

When you return to the French Quarter at night, what a difference!! The crowded streets are busy, noisy and energetic. Stroll down Bourbon Street amid the sounds of music, jazz, blues and rock that carry from every doorway.

Founded in the 1700's by the French, New Orleans is the South's premier port and it is also one of America's most unique cities.

Situated on the banks of the mighty Mississippi is the city's famous French Quarter. Famed for its jazz musicians, superb food and party atmosphere, the 'Big Easy' is a city not to be missed.
New Orleans Travel Information

Getting There
Scheduled flights to New Orleans can be booked from the UK here at Hessle Travel.  The flight time to New Orleans is approx 10 hours.

Getting Around
Most of New Orleans can be enjoyed on foot and with car parking expensive and in short supply, this is just as well. We recommend taking a city tour or perhaps one of the carriage rides offered from Jackson Square. Outside New Orleans a car is needed to enjoy the rest of Louisiana and neighbouring Mississippi.

Away from Bourbon and Royal Street try the Riverwalk Marketplace and the New Orleans Centre near the Superdome.

Dining and Entertainment
The French Quarter is where everything happens. Make sure you visit Preservation Hall, a ramshackled old building that has offered the most authentic jazz experience in town since the 1960's.

Preservation Hall
Preservation Hall

The audience sits on wooden stalls and listens to small Dixieland bands play. The major dining area is the 'restaurant row' area close to the French Market.

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What to See and Do

Bourbon Street

The main street in the 'French Quarter' is home to almost round the clock jazz and outside bars serving the aptly named drink - Hurricane. Now also home to many gift shops and strip joints, which adds to its rowdy, raunchy image!

Royal Street
Boasting the most distinctive architecture which is found on Royal Street, together with the city's finest antique shops.

Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral
Formally the town's main square during the French colonial settlement, it is now a pleasant area to stroll around, browse in the shops or view local artists. The beautiful St. Lois Cathedral dominates the square, and tours are offered every day except Sundays.

St Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral

Mississippi River
When in New Orleans take a cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. Day and night time cruises are available.

Mississippi River Cruise
Try a Mississippi River Cruise

French Market
This has been a farmer's market for over 200 years, today its colourful sights and atmosphere make it well worth a short visit.

Voodoo Museum
New Orleans is home to voodoo, the ancient African religion. There are many voodoo shops, a museum and even a voodoo walking tour of the French Quarter.

Louisiana Superdome
One of the city's best known landmarks. Home of the New Orleans Saints and the yearly 'Sugar Bowl'.

New Orleans Saints
Go see the New Orleans Saints

Swamps and Bayous
Just outside New Orleans are a wide number of mysterious bayous. Tours are available.

Aquarium of the Americas
Situated on the banks of the Mississippi, it houses over 7'000 aquatic creatures in over 60 separate displays and four environments.

New Orleans - Highlights

> Take in a coffee and beignet at the Cafe du Monde in Jackson Square

> If you want to visit Preservation Hall, get there early as queues form

> Get up late and take your time over breakfast at the famous Brennans restaurant

> Visit Pat O'Briens courtyard for a famous 'Hurricane'. One should be enough!

> Take a swamp tour, Mississippi cruise or plantation home tour

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