Maybe you missed Mardi Gras this year, but don't let that discourage you from visiting. Any time is a great time to visit the Big Easy and Let the Good Times Roll! Known for its music, mouth watering food and its unique culture and architecture, New Orleans is an unforgettable experience. Whether you visit for the history or the party, it is one destination you should not miss. Begin your visit in the French Quarter and take a stroll down Bourbon Street. Music lovers will enjoy the jazz, blues, rock and Zydeco that permeates from every crack and crevice here.
Next to music, the food in New Orleans is a MUST DO! For fine dining, visit Andrea's, GW Fins, Broussard's, Arnaud's or legendary Brennan's. Casual dining at its best would be Mulate's Cajun Restaurant, Le Bayou, Maison, Copeland's, Acme Oyster House or Deanie's Seafood. For a quick bite, be sure and visit Cafe Beignet and Daisy Dukes. Being a famous party hub, the French Quarter is home to numerous street performers, fortune tellers and many rowdy, fun bars that are oozing with local music and culture that exists nowhere else.
New Orleans is packed during Mardi Gras, so you will have to book your hotel months in advance, but it is WELL worth it and a must do for any party animal. Be sure and check out the VooDoo museum, the Backstreet Cultural Museum, The St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District and be sure and take a Ghost Tour. There are many fine hotels where you can relax between the partying. For luxury accomodations, there is the Ritz-Carlton, the Windsor, the Roosevelt, Hotel Monteleone, the Soniat House and many more. If you want to sleep in peace, book hotels away from the French Quarter as the party and noise continues there all night long.