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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
New Orleans take a cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. Day and night
time cruises are available.
Try a Mississippi River Cruise
This has been a farmer's market for over 200 years, today its colourful
sights and atmosphere make it well worth a short visit.
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.
One of the city's best known landmarks. Home of
the New Orleans Saints and the yearly 'Sugar Bowl'.
Go see the New Orleans Saints
Swamps and Bayous
Just outside New Orleans are a wide number of mysterious bayous. Tours
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
> Take a swamp tour, Mississippi cruise or plantation