It was only about three weeks ago that I made my first attempt to fly standby to New Orleans with my sister. We had been wanting to go for some time and finally the heavens aligned to make this trip happen! 🙏
Since we both work on the weekdays, we decided on making it a weekend trip, which I personally think was enough time to see the main attractions. If your somewhat of a planner like me, I recommend creating your own itinerary using a feature in Google Maps. This way, you have some sort of schedule before you arrive and can help save you extra time!
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANNA (NOLA)
After arriving at the Louis Armstrong Airport and a $30 Uber ride to the heart of NOLA, we grabbed some breakfast and headed to our hotel at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in the Central Business District. This place was decently priced, around $117 per day (varies per booking date). Not too far from the main attractions, and yet a good distance if you’re looking to stay away from all noise and commotion.
CAFE DU MONDE
In the heart of the square is this creative ambiance where you can see artist display their work, buskers performing jazzy tunes and an architectural scene that truly makes you feel as if you’re outside the country. Take a stroll through the beautiful garden and take a glimpse of the one famous landmark, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis built in 1914.
If you’re craving something sweet with a NOLA twist, just take a stroll down Royal Street where you can enjoy THE original Banana Foster. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but they make it right in front of you. We decided to hold the dessert tasting at GW FINS so we could leave the best for last! Let’s just say, I’m still dreaming of my last bite.
There is still much to see in Nola! So if you have more than just the weekend to explore, I recommend adding some more places to your list. Below are three of the places I had on my map but sadly didn’t get to see: