Situated between the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is a mecca to visitors seeking an exciting weekend getaway. Visit New Orleans and get a taste of the Crescent City’s exuberance and beauty. Take these five tips with you on your New Orleans weekend getaway.

  1. Sample the Seasonal Flavors

    Located on the Gulf Coast, New Orleans is known for its flavorful seafood. Fill up on some crayfish gumbo and shrimp etouffee, followed by sweet and crisp beignets and top everything off with a chilly daiquiri in any flavor. No New Orleans weekend getaway would be complete without a sip of chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde or a hand-crafted beverage straight off of Bourbon Street. Rent a French Quarter vacation home and simply step out onto the balcony and breathe in the scents of fresh baked bread and shrimp and grits at breakfast.

  2. Wander the French Quarter

    Spend at least a day in the French Quarter. Discover the beauty of St. Louis Cathedral with its statue of Andrew Jackson in the gardens. This cathedral has stood since the 1700s and is the oldest in the United States. Take a mule-drawn carriage tour to learn a little about the history of the city or to enjoy the historic brick streets with a spooky ghost story. The French Quarter of New Orleans is also home to exciting architecture and a variety of vacation rental homes.

  3. Discover the Garden District
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    Take the St. Charles streetcar or wander the sidewalks, but definitely don’t miss the New Orleans Garden District. Stately oaks draped in Spanish moss line the streets between elegant mansions. Homes in the Garden District vary greatly in architecture with some dating to the late 1700s. Take a few hours to wander the cemeteries with their above-ground crypts and intricate stone carvings. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is located within the Garden District and is a favorite for New Orleans visitors.

  4. Handle the Harrowing Hauntings

    The Crescent City is considered to be one of the most “haunted” places in the United States, and there’s plenty of spooky fun to be had regardless of the season. Visit the tomb of a voodoo queen, or walk through the haunted halls of an elegant plantation during your New Orleans weekend getaway. There are plenty of haunted tours that explore places like the Garden District and the legendary Vampire Tavern. Take a comfortable bus tour or walking tours when the weather permits.

  5. Check Out a Saints Game
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    The New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the home of the Saints, and the locals take their football very seriously. Take in a game on your New Orleans weekend getaway and celebrate with the crowd. If your visit to New Orleans doesn’t coincide with football season, take in a festival, join Monster Jam or choose from one of many concerts throughout the year. Grab a burger and some fries at the concessions before you head home to your vacation rental.