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Old September 21st, 2015, 07:55 AM   #1
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I'm heading to New Orleans for a long weekend with the wife, and I've never been. What should I (or we) see, what should we miss? Thanks!
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Old September 21st, 2015, 08:45 AM   #2
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Last I heard, things haven't improved since Katrina came thru. I was there once years ago. It was old world and a shithole at the same time.
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Old September 21st, 2015, 10:43 AM   #3
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I was there in 2007, near there in 2009.

It's old it's dirty, it's New Orleans. Some people like it, others do not.

I'm in no rush to go back, but I'm also not much of a bar scene person.
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My wife was there last year. She said the French quarter and downtown were very nice.
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I looked into going last year and my research concluded 2 things. 1: I didn't want to drive that far. 2: French quarter/downtown is really all there is for a tourist.

I tend to cruise through yelp for that area when planning a trip to get a rough idea on what it has to offer. http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc...ans%2C+LA&ns=1
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Old September 21st, 2015, 11:13 AM   #6
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I went last February, love New Orleans and can't wait to get back!

Katrina hardly had an impact on down town, I've been to NO both before and after Katrina. The original city (French Quarter, Bourbon St, Garden District) were all built before the levies and therefore above river level. The parts of the city that flooded were suburban areas that you most likely won't be visiting as a tourist.

How much you like the city depends on what you like doing. If you like seafood or soul food then you're in for a treat because there is tons of both and it is amazing. I took a cooking class on Cajun cooking while we were there, and it was a blast.

There are tons of bars you can check out. New Orleans doesn't have open container laws so you can carry your drink from bar to bar, so the bars have to offer some sort of interesting theme or entertainment to keep people coming through the doors. Also if you like jazz music there are plenty of places to see live jazz music.

There is an aquarium downtown, along with a Insectarium (no idea, it was closed when we tried to visit). You can take carriage tours if that's your thing. Some of the graveyards are actually really interesting, they use catacombs because burying isn't feasible with the high water lines, so some of the architecture on the ancient tombs is surprisingly cool.

There is also a lot of interesting shopping, which isn't really my thing, but my girlfriend seemed to enjoy it.

The downtown is pretty accessible, last time we were there we stayed a couple miles from the French Quarter and walked everywhere. The only time we took a cab was to go to/from the airport.

That's about all I can think of, off the top of my head. Hopefully you have a good time on your vacation.
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There's a place about 1-2 miles outside the Quarter on St. Charles St called Zeas, go there and get the Thai ribs. Best ribs I've ever eaten.
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I know people who live there, they said stay away.
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I went there last year.
It was fun if you are a drinker. Aa members need not apply!
Do the aquarium.
Do the "natchez" brunch steam boat tour.
garden district is cool for the ladies.
house of blues is kinda cool.
drink a "hand grenade", and a "hurricane".
other than that, you pretty much just walk around checking out bars and shops.
be prepared to walk 5 miles a day.
be prepared to eat 5 meals a a day.
be prepared to drink like a freshman at homecoming!
Stay 5 to 10 miles out of french quarter, its a ton cheaper.
Park at the mall. All of down town can b walked.
The bars and food are plentiful. Literally everywhere.
I got lucky and met a local gl4x4 member there.
he showed us around. Great guy!
Bring lots of money, drinks aint cheap there.
We drove to nashville, spent the night, drove to no in the am.
Nashville is about half way there, and a cool town too.
we went down the just b4 mardi gras, left the day it started.
that way we got the feel of mardi gras, with less crowds.
we got to see the opening mardi gras parade.
prices pretty much triple during the week of mardi gras.
plus its just too packed then.
@JustCuz sorry I outed you!

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Old September 22nd, 2015, 07:31 AM   #11
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When I get out of work I would be glad to give you a list of things to do. What weekend are you coming?
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