New Orleans (or NOLA) is located in southeastern Louisiana, and occupies both sides of the Mississippi River. The heart of the city and its French Quarter is on the river’s north side. The city is known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz) and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in the United States.
- Airport – Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY)
- Currency – U.S. Dollar ($)
- Language – English
- Population – 380,000
From New York, New Orleans is a quick 2 and a half hour flight, and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is only 30 minutes from downtown. I took the Airtrain to JFK airport ($8 instead of $50) and used TSA Precheck to skip the security line.
Tip – I often board planes ASAP to avoiding checking my carry-on. Ever since airlines implemented checked bag fees there has been a spike in carry-ons, limiting overhead space.
First things first, grab some breakfast and head to the WWII Museum. This is a great first activity, as it may take several hours, and is certainly not something you want to do hungover tomorrow morning. Explore for 2-4 hours.
Upon leaving the WWII Museum, you will see a streetcar near the front entrance. Hop on the streetcar and head to the French Quarter to grab a Po Boy for lunch!
After munching down your Po Boy (and beer) we recommend heading to Saint Louis Cemetery for a creepy tour of the oldest graveyard in NOLA.
After scaring yourself in the graveyard, head back to your hotel or hostel and get ready for a wild night out!
Looking fresh? Good! Head to Muriel’s Bistro for dinner and enjoy some delicious local Creole food.
Now it’s time to party. Head to Bourbon Street, grab a Big Ass Beer and start your evening!
Hungover? That will happen. It is NOLA after all.
Breakfast at Cafe du Monde
Wake up and get wired with a classic chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde, one of the country’s most popular coffee spots. Soak up last night’s booze with a helping of sugary beignets. Live music can be heard from musicians surrounding the quarter, a picture-perfect way to start the day.
Hop on the streetcar and head to Jacksons Square. Sit in the sun for a while, enjoy the live Jazz, beautiful paintings and street performers. Once you’re bored, head to the river near the French Market – it’s a 5 minute walk!
Grab a beer at the French Market and start exploring. We recommend grabbing a plate of raw oysters from inside!
Head to Magazine street and get in your last minute shopping.
While walking around Magazine street, stop inside any of the numerous Creole Seafood restaurants for dinner!
Ready, Set, Drink! Enjoy your last night on Bourbon Street! Make sure to stop into some of the famous bars, strip clubs, and jazz bars to ensure you see a little bit of everything!
End your last night with a midnight Voodoo tour if your so inclined! But I’ll pass on the Voodoo
So What’s It Going To Cost?
Here is how much we spent, and what we spent it on, in 48 hours.
Food: Breakfast: We spent an average of $5 USD each morning at local cheap breakfast restaurants.
Lunch: We spent an average of $10 USD each day at local restaurants.
Dinner: We spent an average of $15 USD each evening, usually trying all the “best” Creole restaurants.
Total for Food = $30 USD each/per day.
Beer/Alcohol: It’s NOLA. You’ll drink a lot. Enough said.
Total for Beer/Alcohol = $40 USD each/per day.
Transportation (Including getting to and from the airport): We took a taxi to and from the airport which cost $36.00, each way. In order to get around the city, we mainly used the $1.25 streetcars and would also walk as the city is fun to explore by foot.
Total for Transportation = $40 USD each (total).