New Orleans is so saturated in culture that there’s never really a bad time of year to visit. Southern summers are quite humid, but this city comes to full bloom in the warmer months. If you have a taste for good jazz, theater, and creative celebration, then you may want to start looking at places to stay in this beautifully designed city.
You may have been to plenty of festivals and street celebrations with floats and parties in the streets, but Mardi Gras does like no other. The garlands that are thrown over the side of floats and coins that are tossed out to spectators make for brilliant gifts for kids to bring back. Taking a look at a Mardi Gras Trip Planner is one of the easiest and best ways to organize a trip during this time of year. The whole city comes alive during this festival, with the three Mardi Gras colors (green, yellow, purple) decorating every building and person in every neighborhood. You’ll be joined by visitors and locals who come to watch the parade from balconies and the streets and cheer on the floats.
If New Orleans is known for one other thing other than its infamous Mardi Gras celebrations, it’s its long-standing history with jazz music. You won’t struggle for clubs and bars that specialize in putting on some of the best and up-and-coming jazz musicians. You’ll even find local musicians playing in the street here, giving this city an even more poetic and film-like quality. Whether you like your jazz classic or a bit experimental, you’ll find something for you here.
The French Quarter
This place takes picturesque architecture to a whole new level. The French Quarter is often referred to as ‘The Crown Jewel’ of New Orleans and for a good reason. The ornate balconies, decadent hanging baskets and real-life gaslights lining the streets make this a neighborhood of dreams. This area, with infamous streets such as Bourbon Street, is where you’re likely to spot street performers and jazz musicians. If you like your vacations to have a huge dose of culture, this is the area to stick to, as you’ll also find art galleries and markets.
Their vibrant parks
If you have family in tow, you may want to take a quick break from trekking round endless museums and stunningly gorgeous neighborhoods for a moment. New Orleans’ southern climate means its wildlife and greenery make for parks like no other. Whether you walk along the Mississippi or enjoy the sculptures and canopies in New Orleans City Park, this city has plenty of green spaces to take a moment and relax.
While many cities down south specialize in southern charm, New Orleans has many strings to its bow. It brings color and celebration in abundance to a city that’s very easy on the eye – particularly in the warmer months when the French-style balconies are dripping with flowers and greenery. Whether you catch some garlands at Mardi Gras or chill out in a jazz club, you’ll feel you went out with a bang in this city.