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New Orleans Itineraries

Planning a trip to New Orleans? Our experienced travel editors break down the town so you can make the most of your stay. Let these itineraries be your guide, whether you're here for a weekend or a whole week.
  • Day 3
  • 1 If you can swing the bill, enjoy breakfast at Brennan’s. If that’s out of your price range, head take the Canal Street streetcar down to Ms. Betsy’s Pancake House.
  • 2 Visit Mardi Gras World and take a peek behind the scenes of Mardi Gras.
  • 3 Enjoy lunch in the Arts District at a place like the Ugly Dog Saloon and Barbecue or Ernst Café.
  • 4 Spend the rest of the day exploring the Contemporary Arts Center and the dozen or so art galleries in the area.
  • 5 Have dinner at Emeril’s if you’re looking for fine dining or at Mulate’s if you want fried seafood and Cajun dancing.
  • Day 4
  • 1 Board the Steamboat Natchez at 11AM (check times first) and take a trip down the Mississippi River.
  • 2 Head over to the French Market at for some browsing, people-watching and souvenir shopping.
  • 3 Take a stroll along the riverfront at Woldenberg Park.
  • 4 Walk down to Frenchmen Street for dinner at Snug Harbor, Praline Connection or Marigny Brassiere followed by a night of live music at the clubs.  
  • Day 5
  • 1 Spend you day checking out Royal Street. Browse the art galleries and shop for antiques. 
  • 2 Or, take a day tour to visit some of the plantations outside of New Orleans.
  • 3 If you still have enough energy when you get back to the city, stop off at Maple Leaf for some live music and a drink.
  • Day 7
  • 1 Head to Central Grocery and try one of their favorite muffulettas.
  • 2 Hop over to the intersection of Canal Street and Magazine Street and head Uptown to spend a day shopping and eating at cafes on Magazine Street.
  • 3 Enjoy dinner at Arnaud's Restaurant.
  • 4 Spend a night out in the French Quarter and try one (or more!) of special New Orleans drinks such as the Hurricane (Pat O’Brien’s), Hand Grenade (Tropical Isle), the Absinthe House Frappe (Old Absinthe House) or a Sazerac (Sazerac Bar & Grill).


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