Louisiana Destinations ... Travel Across the Bayou State

New Orleans attractions, things to do, and hotels

New Orleans Area 2024 Travel Destinations

New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, and one of the most visited cities in the world.

It is the locale of the French Quarter and Canal Street, and features world-class hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals.

"The Big Easy" is located on curves on the Mississippi River, and also called "The Crescent City". Downtown is the Caesars Superdome, home of the NFL New Orleans Saints, the Sugar Bowl, and the site of numerous Super Bowls.

Attractions in New Orleans

New Orleans offers visitors historic streetcars, riverboat rides, museums, zoos, art galleries, shopping, world-class cuisine, and authentic music. Popular attractions include:

  • National World War II Museum
  • Riverboat rides on the Mississippi River
  • Caesars Superdome
  • St. Louis Cathedral
  • Streetcar rides
  • Historic cemetery tours
  • The Audubon Zoo in New OrleansThe Audubon Zoo in New Orleans
    Aquarium of the Americas
  • Audubon Park
  • Audubon Zoo
  • The Cabildo in the French Quarter
  • The Presbytere
  • French Market
  • Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
  • Preservation Hall
  • Garden District & St. Charles Avenue
  • Louisiana Children's Museum
  • Chalmette National Historical Park
  • Lafitte Greenway
  • Longue Vue House & Gardens

Popular annual events include:

  • Mardi Gras
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
  • Essence Festival
  • French Quarter Festival
  • Sugar Bowl Classic

New Orleans Area Cities and Destinations

A number of cities and towns are located within easy driving distance of New Orleans, and offer a variety of attractions and things to do!

Popular Travel Destinations and Attractions near New Orleans
Visit the Honey Island Swamp and take a boat tour, north of New Orleans Visit Slidell on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans Explore the many swamps in the New Orleans area with a number of tour companies
Visit LaPlace, in southern Louisiana, near Oak Alley, San Francisco and other historic homes Visit Grand Isle on the Louisiana Gulf Coast ... fishing, beaches, a state park and more! Visit Houma in South Louisiana
Visit Hammond in South Louisiana, near New Orleans Visit Thibodaux, Louisiana, on historic Bayou Lafourche Explore the beauty and expanse of Louisiana swamps and bayous


List of Louisiana State Parks & Historic Sites near New Orleans

Several Louisiana State Parks are located near New Orleansand offer travelers a wide range of outdoor activities. Enjoy camping, fishing, swimming, biking, paddling and picnic areas. Many parks offer cabins, glamping and meeting facilities.

State Park or Historic Site Location
New Orleans
Grand Isle
St. Martinville
St. Martinville
St. Francisville


More New Orleans Area Information & Resources

Visit NewOrleans.com - The Official New Orleans Tourism Website

New Orleans at LouisianaTravel.com
The Official Travel Website of the State of Louisiana

Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau

Plaquemines Parish Office of Tourism

St. Bernard Parish Office of Tourism

Plaquemines Parish Office of Tourism

Louisiana Office of State Parks

New Orleans Travel Guide at TripAdvisor


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