Weekend Escape | New Orleans |RTX Traveler Magazine

New Orleans is one of the most popular cities in the South, and for good reason. While it has a long history of being known for jazz music and the huge street parties that seem to never stop, there is much more to explore beyond Bourbon Street including world-famous cuisine, a music scene that represents a variety of genres, and fascinating and lively cultures that have deep roots in New Orleans.

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Getting There

The Louis Armstrong International Airport is less than half an hour from New Orleans’ Central Business District. If you’re arriving by car, interstates 10, 59 and 55 all lead to the Crescent City. Taxis and shuttles to area hotels are readily available. While the city is mostly walkable or can be navigated by streetcars or buses, rental cars from the airport can be booked through RTX.

184715104Day 1

Start your New Orleans escape with one of the foods the town is famous for; the Muffaletta. Central Grocery is known to be the original home of this meat and cheese stuffed sandwich, but Cochon Butcher is also in the running for the best in town. After lunch, go ahead and stroll down Bourbon Street. While it’s no longer the hot spot for most savvy travelers, it’s certainly something that must be experienced, especially for the first time visitor. In the evening, chow down on soft shell crabs at The Praline Connection on Frenchmen Street and dance the night away at several music clubs nearby like d.b.a., The Spotted Cat and Snug Harbor.

Day 2

Get to know the city from a different perspective with a bicycle tour from a company like Confederacy of Cruisers, where you’ll cover about 6 miles of local neighborhoods. After working up an appetite pedaling, have lunch at one of New Orleans’ traditional favorites like Galatoire’s or Commander’s Palace. Spend the afternoon seeing the amazing houses in the Garden District or go shopping and take in the sights along Canal Street in the Central Business District. Plan dinner around an evening walking tour that explores the dark side of New Orleans, like Bloody Mary’s Tour of the Undead or Moonlight Graveyard Tour.

187550474Day 3

A visit to New Orleans isn’t complete without a breakfast of beignets and café au lait, and while Café du Monde might have the longest wait, virtually everyone you ask will say it’s well worth it. If you just can’t bear standing in line for breakfast, check out the Morning Call Coffee Stand, which has been serving the warm, sugar-topped pastries for 140 years. Spend the day visiting some of the city’s historic sites and green spaces like Louis Armstrong Park, Jackson Square, Audobon Park and New Orleans City Park. In the evening, sip on signature cocktails at the Carousel Bar or The Old Absinthe House before taking in a show at Preservation Hall or Tipitina’s.

Day 4

Get out of the city and into the swamp with Cajun Encounters boat tour and experience the wildlife, preserved wetlands and an authentic Cajun village with a local guide. If you want to get in one more tour before leaving town, check out Free Tours by Foot for a great variety of name-your-price tours or New Orleans’ Music Tours for a few more sweet tunes to complete your visit. Find one of the town’s beloved food trucks for a memorable last meal.

Let RTX send you to the Big Easy for your next vacation, without having to exchange. Search for discounted hotel stays in New Orleans at www.RTX.travel. Need a flight to get there, or a rental car to get around? Book all of your travel plans through RTX for a seamless travel planning experience.

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