Spend a Week in New Orleans (Itinerary)

MONDAY

  • Arrive at B&B in Marigny
    • I highly recommend Balcony Guest House above The Silk Road Restaurant. It is in the Marigny district which is close to the French Quarter. The restaurant and bar downstairs are open late if you are hungry and you don’t want to go far. They also serve a complimentary breakfast every morning at 8.
  • Marigny Opera House is not just a great location for photos. It is a New Orleans arts and performance venue offering ballet and musical performances in the Historic Marigny District.

The Old U.S. Mint is the only mint that produced American and Confederate coinage. The mint was built in 1835 and ceased in 1909. The Old U.S. Mint is currently the location of the Louisiana Historical Center, The New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum, and the new performing arts center. Visit to explore the history of minting, jazz, and free music performances!

TUESDAY

Rent Bicycles!! Most of the French Quarter and it’s surrounding neighborhoods can be seen on a bicycle. It’s easier and more convenient than in a vehicle. If you search, you can find many bike shops that rent them for a few hours up to a few days!

French Quarter Tour

Visit the St. Louis Cathedral and Cabildo which is the oldest cathedral in what would become the United States. The inside and outside are both really gorgeous. The cathedral is said to be haunted by Fr. Antonio de Sedella, more commonly known as Père Antoine. He was a priest at the cathedral and his body is buried within the church. He is said to walk the alley named after him next to the cathedral in the early mornings. Accounts of his apparitions by parishioners and tourists claim that he appears during Christmas Midnight Mass near the left side of the altar, holding a candle. The cathedral is also said to be haunted by Père Dagobert, a monk who resided in the church. It is said that his voice can be heard chanting the Kyrie on rainy days.

Take a stroll down Bourbon St which is a street in the heart of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, in New Orleans, Louisiana. It extends 13 blocks from Canal to Esplanade Avenue. Known for its bars and strip clubs, Bourbon Street’s history provides a rich insight into New Orleans’ past.

WEDNESDAY

Cafe du Monde is a renowned open-air coffee shop located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. It is a New Orleans landmark and tourist destination, known for its café au lait and beignets.

Lafayette Square is the second-oldest public park in New Orleans, Louisiana, located in the present-day Central Business District. During the late 18th century, this was part of a residential area called Faubourg Sainte Marie.

In the charming Garden District, oak-shaded streets are lined with a diverse mix of homes, from single-story cottages to the grand historic mansions and lavish gardens of St. Charles Avenue, on the Mardi Gras parade route. Leafy Lafayette Cemetery is filled with ornate, 19th-century tombs.

Shaded by groves of lush greenery, Lafayette Cemetery No 1 exudes a strong sense of Southern subtropical Gothic. Built in 1833, it is divided by two intersecting footpaths that form a cross.

St Charles Ave, described as “The Jewel of America’s Grand Avenues”, is the most superb collection of historic mansions in the South.

THURSDAY

Bayou St. John is a quiet neighborhood close to the Fairgrounds (site of the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival). Kayakers glide along the bayou, while picnickers on the banks sample specialties from nearby sandwich shops

The Pitot House is a historic landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an 18th-century Creole colonial country home located at 1440 Moss Street.

The Preservation Hall is a music venue in the French Quarter founded in 1961 to protect, preserve, and perpetuate Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Preservation Hall continues their mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture.

FRIDAY

Head east to the Bayou Boat Tour of the famous Honey Island Swamp. We glided through gator territory on a small, flat-bottomed boat and heard all about the swamp and its natural inhabitants from Captain Jules with Cajun Encounters Tour Co. Check out this video I have on the Swamp Tour

The approx. 2-hour boat tour, we saw several alligators, birds, and giant spiders! Adult tickets are only $29 and there are several tour times to pick from. Check them out next time you are in New Orleans!

Royal Street s a street in the French Quarter. It is one of the original streets of the city, dating from the early 18th century, and is known today for its antique shops, art galleries, and hotels.

SATURDAY

Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Oak Alley is named for its distinguishing visual feature, an alley or canopied path, created by a double row of southern live oak trees planted in the early 18th century — long before the present house was built. Check out the website for more info on house tour.

Frenchmen Street is in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. It is best known as the neighborhood which is home to some of the city’s popular live-music venues. including Snug Harbor, the Spotted Cat, and the Maison in addition to restaurants, bars, bookstores, coffee shops, and other businesses.

You can spend a week in New Orleans and it wouldn’t be enough. There is so much to see and do there. I hope this itinerary helps you plan your trip. Leave a comment below if you found this blog to be helpful and what else you would add to your list. Safe travels!
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