The quirky and vibrant New Orleans offers an atmosphere of celebration like no other, which will definitely meet the above criteria. Are you planning to spend 2 days in New Orleans, one of the richest, most vibrant, elegant and eccentric cities in the United States? There is a lot of history to discover in this city. Places like the French Quarter, Creole plantations and Bourbon Street will captivate you, and it's fair to say that after 2 days here, you won't want to leave. The historic French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the oldest section of New Orleans.
It's one thing to see beautiful architecture, but so are music clubs. Whether you want to listen to traditional jazz, funk or rock music from New Orleans, these streets have something for everyone. Take a walk after the boat cruise to get a closer look at this lively district. After strolling through the French Quarter, you may need to give your feet a break.
Come relax in Jackson Square, a park designed after the famous 17th century Place des Vosges in Paris, France. It's about the size of a block and is located right in the French Quarter. Don't eat just one thing for lunch. Instead, enjoy the different flavors of New Orleans on this popular food tour.
You'll learn about the history of New Orleans and sample famous foods such as jambalaya and fleur-de-lis chicken. If you love history and have a little time left after your food tour, visit the National World War II Museum. It has innovative and immersive activities that detail the story behind the war that changed the world. The museum is full of exhibitions, multimedia experiences and an extensive collection of artifacts and oral stories in the first person.
If you want to go from bar to bar, the lively Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is definitely the place to go. Although mostly quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, full of people. Bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, and even strip clubs border what was once known as Storyville, the Red Light District of New Orleans. The historic French market in the French Quarter has been a symbol of New Orleans pride for more than 200 years.
Individual vendors sell many different fresh foods, while cafes and bars offer crabs and other New Orleans seafood, Cajun food, Creole cuisine, desserts, fruits, vegetables, and more. Come here in the morning for a bite to eat before starting the day. Visit one of these cemeteries to see historic 19th century architecture and beautiful statues. Explore Lafayette to see the traditional subtropical Gothic structures of the south in the shade of lush vegetation or, after visiting the French Quarter, walk just a few blocks to St.
Louis, which is the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans. Ultimately, you can have a rich cultural experience here in New Orleans in just two days. Many of the sites mentioned above are located right in the French Quarter, which is probably where you'll spend most of your trip to begin with. Whether you want to eat French Creole cuisine, listen to jazz, or relax on a boat cruise, New Orleans literally has it all.
It can be safely said that it is one of the liveliest and most diverse cities in the United States. New Orleans is a place like no other. Honestly speaking, Crescent City should keep you busy not just for two days, but for quite a while. You can go a week, a month or even a year and still discover new things that will keep you coming back for more.
I had always heard so much about this city, and now that I have experienced its bold personality for myself, I finally understand them. There is simply no other destination in the United States that can compare to its unique charm. While I must have gained at least 5 pounds during my visit to New Orleans because I devoured as many Creole dishes, beignets and po'boys as humanly possible, I would do it again in the blink of an eye. There are usually live musicians who play jazz every morning (since it is always full of tourists) and, without a doubt, they will immerse you in the spirit of New Orleans.
The tables are independent, so be prepared to wait (and watch out for people to leave) or you can stand in line and take your coffee and beignets to go and enjoy them in Jackson Square, across the street. Keep in mind that Café du Monde is an establishment that only accepts cash payments, so make sure you have some tickets handy. So take a walk through the small but well-kept garden and take a photo of the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson in the center of the square with the statue of San Francisco. St.
Peter's Cathedral as a backdrop and sit on one of the benches to people-watch the crowds of tourists start their day. If you're interested in photography, I also recommend crossing the street (and climbing the stairs) for an unparalleled photo opportunity with views of the entire square. Louis Cathedral is obviously beautiful from the outside, but the real beauty lies in its façade. When I walked through the big white doors, I honestly couldn't believe that this type of cathedral was in the United States.
I felt as if I had returned to Italy, Spain or any other major European city, because the level of detail was truly remarkable. Just a two-minute walk from Jackson Square, you'll find the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, which is located on the site of the apothecary of the first licensed pharmacist in the United States. It's a small and unique two-story museum dedicated to the history of pharmacology, which may not sound too exciting, but I definitely think it's worth visiting. I especially loved looking at all the old medicine bottles and reading about the different tonics, potions and elixirs used in the past.
It's very intriguing from an aesthetic point of view and you're sure to learn some fun things. While you're on Bourbon Street, one place I think you should visit is Mambo's. I discovered this place while I was searching around, trying to find a place with a rooftop bar to take some pictures, and I'm so glad I found it. I ended up trying one of their po'boys and had a beer while taking in the views of Bourbon St.
I only visited it during the day, but it would be fantastic to visit this place at night for an epic view of the bright lights of Bourbon St. All of these establishments have become New Orleans staples, having existed for more than 100 years, and your dining experience is guaranteed to be memorable. If you're staying in the French Quarter, you'll only have to walk 10 to 15 minutes to the neighboring neighborhood of Marigny & Bywater, where you'll spend most of the day. When you exit Euclid Records, turn left and you'll see the bridge on Piety Street that leads to Crescent Park.
This is a 1.4-mile linear park located along the Mississippi River and is popular with locals looking to get a little exercise or walk their dogs. However, one of the main reasons to visit this place is to visit Piety Wharf, which offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the New Orleans skyline. Then, enjoy a leisurely five-minute walk down the road and find this small instrument store, Webb's Bywater Music. It's not a big store, but it's a favorite among NOLA musicians, and the staff was very friendly to talk about the local music scene.
While you won't need much time here, unless you're looking for a new or used instrument, it's worth taking a quick look at. By now, you've probably had enough of breakfast and are starting to feel a little hungry. Being New Orleans, there are a lot of quality options to choose from in the neighborhoods of Marigny & Bywater, but it really depends on what you feel like. By then, you're probably ready to head back to the hotel and regroup a bit, so make a quick stop at Washington Square's serene and picturesque park on the way.
It's a great place to relax under the huge oak trees, and you'll usually find some street performers in the area to enjoy. While at first glance it may seem a bit rugged, it's a city unlike any other in the U.S. In the US, and it has a lot to offer visitors. New Orleans' so-called Crown Jewel, the French Quarter, may keep you busy for a week, but one day is enough to enjoy the joys of this romantic bohemian area.
Friday is a little less intense, so you can evaluate if you want to return later in your trip or if you really just want a unique experience. The first day of your weekend itinerary in New Orleans, explore the French Quarter, one of the city's most historic and cultural neighborhoods. Although a 2-day trip to New Orleans is short, you can still enjoy many of its historic sites in this time period. Try visiting it during the holiday season to bask in seasonal decorations, attend a sporting event, and celebrate a New Year like no other.
Use the second day of your New Orleans itinerary to explore the Garden District and the New Orleans residential area. You'll be spending a lot of time here during your two days, so head to Esplanade Street to try something local for lunch. Spring is the most beautiful time to visit New Orleans, as flowers begin to bloom and daytime temperatures sometimes reach 70 degrees. Order a cup of chicory coffee and some beignets, and you'll be ready for a full day in New Orleans.
Start the day with a romantic cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the steamboat NATCHEZ, the last authentic steamboat in New Orleans. If you're not in a foodie coma, Saturday afternoon is the best time to visit one of the city tours or do some exploring. It takes most of the day to visit Oak Alley Plantation, and with just two days left, it's a little ambitious to include it in a regular New Orleans itinerary. .
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