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New Orleans

Travel Guide

An intense passion for music, the love of a good party, food made for the soul and deeply rooted voodoo culture (plus the odd pirate) make up the vibrant hub of New Orleans. With influences from the Caribbean, the Deep South, France and Spain, the hometown of jazz is nothing short of unique. Local artists and musicians pour out on to the French Quarter, homegrown jazz and funk is played in quirky bars and clubs, festivals are celebrated on the streets, and it's got a killer vintage vibe. Weird, wonderful, and seriously interesting.

Things to do in New Orleans

  • Grab a Killer Po'Boy
    Louisiana is the birthplace of the po'boy - a traditional sandwich made of fried meats/fish and served on New Orleans French bread. Some of the best can be found in the back of Erin Rose Bar in the quarter.
  • Scoff Oysters Rockefeller at Antoine's
    Antoine's was where this tasty dish was invented, and the recipe still remains a secret. It's also the oldest family-run restaurant in the USA, opening its doors in 1840.
  • Cabildo Alley & Pirate's Alley intersection
    Channel your inner pirate by taking a trip down Pirate's Alley - a haven for pirates in the past. Then head up to the intersection with Cabildo Alley where history just oozes out - St Louis Cathedral, St. Anthony's Garden (old meeting place for duels), the Cabildo, plus a lamp post which marks the closest proximity of Church, State & Bar anywhere in the world!
  • St Louis Cathedral
    One of the oldest cathedrals in North America, St Louis Cathedral is a grand colonial building with a vibrant square full of street performers, artists and fortune tellers.
  • Soak up homegrown jazz & funk
    New Orleans is known for its deep roots in jazz and funk - and you can catch it anywhere. For a completely authentic jazz set hit up Preservation Hall, and take a walk down Frenchmen Street, which is littered with jazz and funk sounds (be sure to check out intimate jazz bar Spotted Cat).
  • Discover the world of Voodoo
    Marie Laveau was known as the local Queen of Voodoo - you can find her tomb in St Louis Cemetery and you can visit her House of Voodoo in the French Quarter. 

Flights to New Orleans

With direct flights available from the UK to New Orleans it's an easy journey, taking about 10 hours in total. Fly straight there or include the city as part of an American roadtrip. Make sure you save a few quid with our exclusive student and youth fares too!
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New Orleans adventures

New Orleans is seriously cool, but it's also not that big, so why not include it as part of a wider American adventure? Combine it with Washington DC and San Francisco or journey further into the Deep South, visiting Nashville and Savannah. Check out a few of our favourite tours here!

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Highlights of the Deep South

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