New Orleans is a city that comes instantly to mind for millions of people each year with thoughts of traveling the United States. Steeped in cultural references, the fanciful streetcar transportation even prompted Tennessee Williams to pen his play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets. New Orleans is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnivals to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. The winters are short and mild and the summers bring plenty of heat and sunshine, so take to the streets with a delicious “sno-ball” in hand and make New Orleans your next destination.

Facts

Population

369,250

Currency

$1 USD = 100 cents

Opening hours

General opening hours for shops are Monday through Saturday: 10a.m. - 9p.m., and Sunday: 12p.m. - 6p.m.

Newspapers

New Orleans City Business Times Picayune Gambit Weekly New Orleans Maroon Louisiana Weekly Clarion Herald

Tourist information

New Orleans Chamber of Commerce 1515 Poydras Street Suite 1010, New Orleans, LA 70112 +1 504 799 4260

Travel to New Orleans

Book your flights to New Orleans with Etihad Airways and experience the historical and cultural influences from France, Africa, and the Caribbean which come together in a true cultural melting pot. The original birth place of the annual Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans is best known for its ‘party’ lifestyle, gourmet cuisine, nightlife and good ‘ole Southern hospitality.

Top 5 Things To Do in New Orleans

  • Attend the annual Mardi Gras celebrations and be sure to stop by to watch several local parades in various parts of the city
  • Spend a day in the French Quarter, sip coffee and sample beignets, sight see in Jackson Square
  • Sample the cuisine and be sure to have po-boys for lunch, to visit any of Emeril’s famous restaurants, and to sample some of Louisiana’s finest gumbo
  • Soak up some of the local art scene by stopping into the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
  • Enjoy the music. Walk down Bourbon Street any night of the week and hear a variety of music styles, ranging from a southern banjo to classic jazz

Plan Your New Orleans Holiday

New Orleans is known as a festival capital, with interesting festivals taking place throughout the city, at virtually any time of year. So be sure to review upcoming festivities when making your travel plans. If you want to beat the heat, consider booking tickets to New Orleans during spring or fall months, avoiding July and August which boast the hottest temperatures. However if you book during these months, you are likely to find cheap hotels in New Orleans as well.

Locating flights to New Orleans is simple and easy, but, if you are hoping to take part in Mardi Gras, it is best to book your flight deals to New Orleans in advance.