Located between the meandering Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, is known as the “Big Easy”. The laid back lifestyle and live jazz make it a unique and memorable place to stay.
Those visiting New Orleans for the first time should take a walking tour of the city to discover the city’s history and attractions. A trip on the Steamboat Natchez with its musical calliope is a great way to see the Mississippi River sights. Another unusual guided tour takes visitors around the Lafayette Cemetery and explains why the tombs are all above ground, lightened with some humorous anecdotes. The Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in Louisiana is worth a visit along with the Old US Mint, now housing the Newcomb College of Art and Jazz Museum. One must-do from your New Orleans holiday rental is sampling chicory coffee and beignets which the Café du Monde is famous for. Still on the theme of food and drink, sample the local Cajun and Creole cuisine and po’boy sandwiches.
The French Quarter is the main tourist attraction with its elegant buildings and wrought iron balconies. Historic Jackson Square is the site of St Louis Cathedral where many street artists can be found. After dark, Bourbon Street is the centre of New Orleans nightlife with many bars, jazz clubs, restaurants and nightclubs offering an array of entertainment from the tasteful to the seedy. The French Market is the oldest continuously operating market in America and offers many bargains and souvenirs such as Carnival masks, feather boas and colourful Mardi Gras beads. Visit the landscaped gardens of City Park and Audubon Park or visit the Aquarium of the Americas which has 7000 marine species including sharks and dolphins.
New Orleans holiday apartments have hot humid summers and mild winters. Expect temperatures to average 90°F (32°C) in July and August. In winter the temperatures drops to a mild 65°F (18°C) during the day with the odd cold snap taking temperatures close to freezing overnight. New Orleans has most rainfall in summer when tropical thunderstorms threaten.
Visitors to New Orleans holiday rentals can book flights to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) Airport. It is about 11 miles west of the centre of the city. This major airport has flights from many major cities with American Airlines, Air Canada, Continental, JetBlue, Delta, Frontier, Air Tran, United, US and Southwest Airlines. It is easy to get a fixed price taxi or the Jefferson Transit Bus from the airport to downtown New Orleans.