Visiting Greater New Orleans

Across Louisiana, you’ll find a number of unique and adventurous destinations ideal for a visit at nearly any time of the year. The Greater New Orleans area proves to be one of the most ideal travel spots in the state with an eclectic blend of attractions, events, festivals, and more. And during the fall and winter, The Big Easy is abuzz with an impressive list of things to see and do.

Plan a fall or winter stay in New Orleans and you’ll be treated to a wide range of historical sites, a bustling nightlife scene, and even some top tier sports. Nearby suburbs like Metairie, Harvey, and Chalmette yield quick and easy trips into downtown NOLA.

Cooler temperatures of fall and winter in New Orleans will yield fun-filled days of exciting NFL and college football action. NOLA will be awash in gold and black this time of year – this is, after all, Saints country. Head to the Mercedes Benz-Superdome and catch any of the eight home games the Saints will play this year.

You’ll have a chance to try some of the best baked goods from the most exceptional local pastry chefs. Check out the Annual King Cake Festival in late January from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All events will take place at Champions Square at the Mercedes Benz-Superdome.

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Incredible Road Trips in Greater New Orleans, Louisiana

Cross an item off your bucket list when you attend the Annual King Cake Festival. Make sure you sample the goods at the Treme’ Creole Gumbo Festival. Take a close look at the beauty of New Orleans’ history in the Garden District. Go on the New Orleans Weekend Tour and learn all about what the Big Easy has to offer.

Mardi Gras in Louisiana

Live it Up with Louisiana’s Mardi Gras in Greater New Orleans

See what all the excitement is about when you experience Mardi Gras. Watch the parade and get some “throws” tossed your way. Marvel at the elaborate costumes. If you’ve never seen a party that lasted for weeks then you have to experience Mardi Gras; an iconic American tradition bringing people together unlike any other.

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Discover History in French Quarter in Greater New Orleans, Louisiana

Indulge in the oldest section of New Orleans by visiting the French Quarter. Drop your jaw at the beauty of the 18th century architecture and learn about the history of the city, before the Louisiana Purchase and after having been founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville back in 1718. The entire district has been designated a National Historic Landmark so this is a must-see for all history buffs.


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History Comes Alive in Greater New Orleans, Louisiana

You won’t find a more fun-packed historical tour than the trip you’ll be taking to Bourbon Street. For 13 blocks, you’ll get a vivid picture of New Orleans’ cultural heritage and a party that won’t stop. Venture out to Jackson Square to visit the site of where Louisiana officially became an American state, in accordance with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

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Thrilling Sports in Greater New Orleans, Louisiana

Get yourself to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the fall to watch Drew Brees and the Saints take the field. If you prefer the college game, take a ride out to Yulman Stadium to see the Tulane University Green Wave. Right next to the Superdome is the Smoothie King Center, where you’ll see NBA basketball featuring Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

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