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One of my most popular posts over the years has been My New Orleans Travel Guide, which I first wrote in 2008, but which I try to update periodically. It’s got a good run-down of my personal picks for some of the best things to do in New Orleans, from a local’s perspective. I also wrote a piece, originally for the now-defunct Southern Flourish magazine, on how to plan a weekend trip to New Orleans.
My bestie also has written some great New Orleans travel guides of her own at her site: Visiting New Orleans? I also really like this list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Orleans (Besides Mardi Gras), put together by National Geographic.
My childhood friend Carlie recently moved to town with her husband, and she’s been sharing a NOLA newbie’s perspective, along with tips offered up by other old-school locals at New in NOLA.
New Orleans has changed a WHOLE LOT over the last few years, and it’s an exciting time to be in this city. The best things to do here depend on who you are and what you want to experience out of the Crescent City. The Marigny / Bywater neighborhood has seen a lot of growth over the last few years, although I lovingly refer to it as “Brooklyn” now, since it seems like the new hipster ‘hood where a lot of out-of-towners have been flocking to lately. Apparently Vogue did a piece on Secret New Orleans Spots to Uncover recently, and it included a lot of places in this neighborhood, including Bacchanal, Marigny Opera House and The Country Club.
If for some reason I were to ever move from New Orleans, and could only come back once or twice a year, I’d try to head back home during Halloween or early spring. (Hello, French Quarter Fest!!) The weather’s the best during the early spring and late fall, and there’s always a TON of stuff going on around town.
NOLA peeps, what are YOUR picks for the best things to do in New Orleans? Everybody’s got a different version, what’s yours??