Visit New Orleans
Best Time To Go
In spring, early if you want to hit Mardi Gras, later if you prefer Jazz Fest, but the weather is at its most pleasant then. It’s closely followed by fall, when picnics and park days are still enjoyable. The winters are mild and short, but the humid summers can be oppressive, and the city quiet.
Downtown is compact and it’s possible to walk or bike around the French Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods without too much effort. Cabs are plentiful for journeys further afield. Public transportation can be found via the New Orleans Regional Transport Authority, where both bus routes and the details of the historic streetcar lines (still just $1.25 per journey) can be found.
August is the hottest month, with an average high of 91°F (32°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 62°F (16°C).
Know Before You Go
New Orleans is a relatively small urban center, but is surrounded by the swamp lands of southern Louisiana. It’s possible to drive out and feel fairly remote within an hour or so, and taking a swamp tour to see the local wildlife (including alligators) is a popular day trip for visitors. The Bayou and Lake Pontchartrain are both great options for exploring the waterways around the city, as is a steamboat trip along the Mississippi River.
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