How to Spend 72 Hours in New Orleans
Embarking on a trip to one of the most fascinating cities in the USA? Before you head to New Orleans - whether it be for Mardi Gras or just to stuff your face with beignets - be sure to check out this guide to how to spend 72 hours in The Big Easy first:
Day one in New Orleans
Without a doubt, breakfast at Brennan’s has to be the first thing you experience upon waking up in New Orleans. One of the most iconic Marquis restaurants and a New Orleans tradition, this formal dining experience is one of the best in town; try one of the famous breakfast cocktails – my personal favourite is the Caribbean Milk Punch. After breakfast head to the Mississippi River and take a an afternoon jazz cruise on a traditional steam boat. Spend your evening in the city where the cocktail was invented. Relax in the pretty courtyards or take in the views from the wrought-iron balconies that characterise New Orleans just as much as its vast array of live music genres and venues.
Day two in New Orleans
Spend the morning leisurely strolling through the French Quarter visiting the galleries and shops to experience the tax-free shopping that is on offer for the international visitor. Learn how to tell the difference between a swamp and a bayou on an afternoon tour. Take an airboat ride through these beautiful waterways and discover the creatures that have lived in the swamps for centuries, as well as the history of the Cajuns that learnt to irrigate and live off this wild terrain. Spend your evening listening to live jazz on Frenchmans Street!
Day three in New Orleans
Enjoy a famous jazz brunch at the Court of the Two Sisters – wonderful experience! After brunch a must-do is a plantation home tour, the River Road will take you to one of the many decadent, ornate and historic plantation homes located less than an hour outside the city. Take an evening stroll to the French Quarter’s Preservation Hall and enjoy a 45 minute Jazz session at this world renowned venue to finish the trip off in classic New Orleans style.