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Endless Entertainment in the French Quarter

Everything’s better in the 504

New Orleans couldn’t seem like more of a hotspot. It has it all. Music, food, culture, heritage and plenty of parties.

Never mind the itinerary, just head to downtown New Orleans where you’ll not be 10 minutes out of the car before finding a boutique to explore, or a street performer’s audience to join.

It’s more than normal to have a full dance card in Nawlins – especially in the French Quarter.


French Quarter & Nightlife

Beneath the overcast skies of southern Louisiana lies the famous French Quarter – a place of culture, food, shopping and some incredibly talented people.

Mosey through the vendors of the French Market, or have your fortune read in Jackson Square. Step inside the St. Louis Cathedral – be sure to get a good look at that ceiling – and explore the shops and restaurants of the Vieux Carré.

The afterhours of the French Quarter are legendary, and sought after by visitors from around the world. On Bourbon Street, sidewalks don’t mean a thing once the sun goes down. People, music and the voices of inebriated karaoke-goers fill the streets of central New Orleans.

Join the crowds on the balcony of the Cat’s Meow, or test your nerves at the Original Dungeon – a New Orleans tavern if ever there was one. Feel free to stumble around in the streets of Crescent City. Believe us, you won’t stand out.


Mardi Gras & Other Festivals

You don’t forget the time you spent at Mardi Gras…or maybe you do. Loud and colorful parades. Thousands of people. Food, costumes and a river of libations. Surround yourself in the purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras, and take part in one of the biggest parties on the planet.

New Orleans never goes long without a festival or celebration of some kind. Throughout the year, the French Quarter welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests. Invitations ring out for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or the Satchmo SummerFest held at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint and commemorating the legendary Louis Armstrong.

Eat your weight in red beans, or ask people to repeat themselves for days after all that loud, hot jazz. Yes, people come here for the parties, and always wish they could stay.


Tours & More

New Orleans is a city teaming with history and unique back stories. Unless you want to miss something, it might be best to leave this one to the professionals.

Tours of New Orleans range from airboat tours of the bayou – where alligator sightings are more than common – to tours of the beautiful Garden District adjacent to Tulane University. In the heart of the city, you may choose from historic New Orleans tours by day, and anything from voodoo to vampire tours by night.


Food & Music

You don’t go to New Orleans without filling up your stomach with some famed creole cuisine. You also don’t go to New Orleans without filling your ears with traditional and contemporary jazz flowing through the streets of Crescent City at all times.

The best thing to do is combine the two, which is an extremely easy mission to accomplish in the Vieux Carré. Scroll through the menus of the restaurants and street-side eateries of the French Quarter – most of which come equipped with live jazz ensembles.

Try the Alligator Bites at Pat O’Brien’s as you enjoy the piano lounge atmosphere, or have a seat and a sandwich as you watch the live jazz combo – all of three feet from you – at The Market Café.

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is another great way to experience the extensive food scene of the Big Easy, or choose from any authentic restaurant in town for shrimp po’boys, oysters, gumbo, jambalaya and much more.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Plus Chalmette Hotel

3400 Paris Road, Chalmette LA 70043-2266
Phone: (504) 309-6360  |  Fax: (504) 309-6361  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Northpark Inn

625 N Highway 190, Covington LA 70433-8961
Phone: (985) 892-2681  |  Fax: (985) 893-0115  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus Westbank

1700 Lapalco Boulevard, Harvey LA 70058-3027
Phone: (504) 366-5369  |  Fax: (504) 262-0949  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western La Place Inn

4289 Main Street, La Place LA 70068-5944
Phone: (985) 651-4000  |  Fax: (985) 651-8666  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel & Suites

2601 Severn Avenue, Metairie LA 70002-5934
Phone: (504) 888-9500  |  Fax: (504) 889-5792  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Plus French Quarter Landmark Hotel

920 N Rampart Street, New Orleans LA 70116-3011
Phone: (504) 524-3333  |  Fax: (504) 523-5431  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

7

Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel

114 Magazine Street, New Orleans LA 70130-2421
Phone: (504) 648-0444  |  Fax: (504) 648-0445  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

8

Best Western Plus St. Charles Inn

3636 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans LA 70115-4690
Phone: (504) 899-8888  |  Fax: (504) 899-8892  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

9

Best Western Plus Slidell Inn

120 Taos Street, Slidell LA 70458-3158
Phone: (985) 781-5655  |  Fax: (985) 781-0077  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

10

Best Western Bayou Inn

9008 Westbank Expressway, Westwego LA 70094-3734
Phone: (504) 304-7980  |  Fax: (504) 304-7987  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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