Planning to travel to New Orleans this year? Between all of the festivals, attractions and food that draws people to the city each year, you have plenty to do and see no matter what time of year you visit. But when you do visit, you don’t necessarily want to get stuck in the same old tourist traps and instead may want to see another side of the city. Here are three resolutions to make the most out of your 2015 trip.
Try at least one locally owned restaurant (preferably one you haven’t been to before).
This may pertain more to people who have visited the city before, but traveling to here necessitates at least one visit to a locally owned restaurant. You may have your favorites and go-to’s, but NOLA offers a wealth of restaurants, including many new ones opened each year. So don’t limit your selection, and always try something new at some point. If you’ve never been to the city and don’t know where to go, consult resources online or even just a local when you get there, and you’re sure to be pointed in the right direction. Don’t sustain yourself on chains or fast food—make sure you fit in some real local flavors to make the most of your trip.
Visit at least one museum.
The beauty of the city is that it has a museum for everyone. History buff? Check out the world-renowned National World War II Museum downtown. Love art? Try the New Orleans Museum of Art at City Park. Want to learn more about the culinary heritage of the South? Check out the Southern Food and Beverage Museum at the edge of Uptown. No matter what your interests are, you’ll find plenty of interesting and historical museums to visit to appease your every whim.
Take a long walk in one of our neighborhoods.
The city has a plethora of great walkable neighborhoods that can’t be enjoyed from the car or streetcar the same way they can be on foot. One of the most obvious would be the French Quarter, particularly down Decatur with all of its shops and attractions or Royal with its own shops and long line of galleries. But there’s so much more than the French Quarter: You can walk around the Warehouse District to admire the unique architecture and art galleries on Julia St. You can walk around the Garden District, including down St. Charles Ave to see several of the biggest mansions in the city. And Mid-City offers Bayou St. John and Esplanade Ave, which are also amazing sources of local architecture and hotspots. Consult a walking tour guide or local for the best places to suit your interests.
If you plan to stay in the Garden District, you’ll already be in a beautiful walking neighborhood as well as in the center of an area complete with restaurants and other attractions. When planning out your trip, be sure to keep these three resolutions in mind to make the best of your next visit.