New Orleans

New Orleans is a cultural melting pot that effortlessly combines French, Creole, Spanish and other international influences to make it one of the most colourful and cosmopolitan cities in the whole of the United States. Located at the point where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is bouncing back after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina to reassert itself as one of the most popular destinations in the whole of the US. The French Quarter is the beating heart of the city, containing centuries-old architecture in a mixture of European styles and the vibrant Bourbon Street, home to a popular nightlife and dining scene. New Orleans is also famous for its festivals, with Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest being two of many highlights in this fascinating and friendly city.


What you’ll love most about New Orleans

  • Walk through the historic French Quarter and visit the iconic Bourbon Street
  • Visit the National World War II Museum to learn about the war and its impact on the city and the world
  • Explore the Garden District and admire the stunning architecture and beautiful gardens
  • Take a swamp tour to see the unique wildlife and landscapes of Louisiana
  • Try the local cuisine, such as gumbo, po’ boys, jambalaya, and beignets
  • Visit the historic Preservation Hall for some traditional jazz music

Where to Book

  • Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Natchez steamer, New Orleans - Louisiana Office of Tourism

  • Architecture on Esplanade Avenue - New Orleans & Company/Paul Broussard

  • New Orleans paddle wheeler - Brand USA

  • Cozy front yard in the French Quarter of New Orleans

  • Spicy cajun jambalaya

  • Old New Orleans building and balconies

  • Garden District mansion in New Orleans

  • Brass band - New Orleans & Company/Todd Coleman

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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  • 18℃
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  • 10
  • 7
  • 7
  • 10

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.













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