New Orleans is well known for its annual carnival celebrations that are world renown as Mardi Gras. However, there is so much more to the beautiful city which has rebounded after being devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita a little over a decade ago. I have been traveling to and thru New Orleans a few times per year for the last five years and have narrowed down what to do with 24 hours in New Orleans to this.
The French Quarter is the most popular attraction in the city and is easily covered by foot. It measures less than a mile wide and is jammed packed with restaurants, bars and live music. There is no need to dress up so wear comfortable clothes and shoes to enjoy your night out in the town.
The Garden District is in my opinion, the most beautiful neighborhood in the city. Lined with the mansions of the many rich and famous that live in the area and coupled with the ancient oak trees, you will undoubtedly walk away speechless from the beauty and calmness that embodies the area.
Furthermore, you’ll find some of the finest restaurants in New Orleans in the Garden District. My favorite restaurant in the neighborhood is the Commanders Palace. It is known for its spectacular service, extensive wine menu and exquisite meals.
St Louis Cathedral
A beautiful church built in 1724 and overlooking Jackson Square in the French Quarter, it is a must see. You can tour the church by yourself or as part of a docent-led tour.
Cafe Du Monde
A New Orleans mecca to enjoy a coffee with a must-have Beignet. Make sure to order some to go and take back to your loved ones. Be cautious with the powdered sugar and double pack the box with two bags to avoid ruining your clothes.
Jump on a street car and enjoy the city while cruising in comfort. The easiest and most convenient way is to buy a one-day Jazzy Pass thru the New Orleans RTA GoMobile application for only $3.
There is lots to do in New Orleans which would be impossible to see in just 24 hours. However, during a business trip with limited time available to get out and venture, any easy stroll and visit to the recommended activities above will give you a true experience of New Orleans and southern charm.