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3 days in New Orleans

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3 days in New Orleans
A 3-day schedule of the top attractions in New Orleans. From walking tours to streetcars and paddlewheelers, no car necessary to do it all!
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Court of Two Sisters
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Court of Two Sisters

With the only daily jazz brunch in town, Court of Two Sisters is famed for its beautiful wisteria-blanketed courtyard and soothing fountains. This history-rich, two-centuries-old restaurant is a must do for any first-time visitor to the Crescent City, serving up traditional New Orleans recipes for brunch and dinner inside and out. Reservations can be made online and are recommended... More

With the only daily jazz brunch in town, Court of Two Sisters is famed for its beautiful wisteria-blanketed courtyard and soothing fountains. This history-rich, two-centuries-old restaurant is a must do for any first-time visitor to the Crescent City, serving up traditional New Orleans recipes for brunch and dinner inside and out. Reservations can be made online and are recommended, especially for patio seating. Less

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Hermann-Grima House
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Hermann-Grima House

This 19th-century house offers demonstrations of what life was like for a typical Creole family in the 1800s.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Free Tours by Foot
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Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the only FREE, name-your-own-price New Orleans tours. Learn much more than just Bourbon Street on our French Quarter Tour, about the well-heeled and their mansions on our Garden District Tour. Learn about New Orleans peculiar burial grounds on our St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour. Foodies will love our food tours and everyone will get spooked on our... More

Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the only FREE, name-your-own-price New Orleans tours. Learn much more than just Bourbon Street on our French Quarter Tour, about the well-heeled and their mansions on our Garden District Tour. Learn about New Orleans peculiar burial grounds on our St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour. Foodies will love our food tours and everyone will get spooked on our New Orleans ghost tours. We now also offer bike tours and soon photography and bus tours. You decide what a tour was worth after the tour is finished. Pay-what-you-like tours are great tours for every budget. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cafe Du Monde
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Cafe Du Monde
Cost: 1 $ - 20 $
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Haunted History Tours of New Orleans
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Haunted History Tours of New Orleans

These tours will take you through New Orleans' freaky past, from voodoo to ghosts, all with an offbeat, theatrical presentation that makes it fun.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
St. Charles Streetcar
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St. Charles Streetcar

Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Our extensive network of buses and streetcars winds throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City. From Uptown to Downtown, from Lakeview to the Lower Nine, from Mid-City across the Mississippi River and to the parish lines, the RTA goes there.As streetcars glide underneath grand live oaks and... More

Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Our extensive network of buses and streetcars winds throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City. From Uptown to Downtown, from Lakeview to the Lower Nine, from Mid-City across the Mississippi River and to the parish lines, the RTA goes there.As streetcars glide underneath grand live oaks and past stately mansions, they offer up relaxing views of the beauty, charm and history of New Orleans for little cost. When riders board these historic vehicles they are boarding a piece of movable New Orleans history. The RTA operates three streetcar lines: the famous, historic St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD) connecting Uptown/Garden District, Carrollton, Mid-City, City Park and the Marigny. The RTA is currently adding more Streetcar lines. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Victorian Lounge at Columns Hotel
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Victorian Lounge at Columns Hotel

Experience true southern charm at the original Grand Dame herself, the Columns Hotel. No trip to New Orleans is complete without sipping a Bloody Mary, Mint Julep or Sazerac on the fabulous columned porch of this historic Antebellum mansion. Be sure to take a peek inside, where you may recognize the elegant interior as the brothel from the movie, "Pretty Baby." Daily happy hour from... More

Experience true southern charm at the original Grand Dame herself, the Columns Hotel. No trip to New Orleans is complete without sipping a Bloody Mary, Mint Julep or Sazerac on the fabulous columned porch of this historic Antebellum mansion. Be sure to take a peek inside, where you may recognize the elegant interior as the brothel from the movie, "Pretty Baby." Daily happy hour from 5-7pm. Less

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Mardi Gras World
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Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World is the most unique attraction in America’s most uniquely attractive city. Come see how Mardi Gras is made and get up close to Mardi Gras' grandest floats and sculptures.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Magazine Street
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Magazine Street

Eclectic collectors and professional browsers will love this six-mile long street which starts at the French Quarter and is known worldwide for its antiques and art.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 3
The National WWII Museum
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The National WWII Museum

The mission of this museum focuses on the remembrance and celebration of the American Spirit, teamwork, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who served during World War II.

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Confederate Memorial Museum
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Confederate Memorial Museum

The oldest surviving museum in Louisiana houses the second largest collection of Confederate memorabilia, most of which is in vintage condition.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Old St. Patrick's Church
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Old St. Patrick's Church

A National Historic Landmark, Old St. Patrick's Church is one of only two early landmarks of distinction left in Lafayette Square, the other being Gallier Hall. Irish immigrants built the Gothic-style church in 1840 to rival the French St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.

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Riverwalk Marketplace
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Riverwalk Marketplace

Shop to your heart's content at this unique mall of converted warehouses located along the Mississippi waterfront. Choose from more than 140 stores and grab a snack at the food court, which offers a great view of the dock.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Creole Queen Mississippi River Cruises
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Creole Queen Mississippi River Cruises

The Creole Queen is an authentic paddlewheeler that takes guests on day and night cruises for a totally different view of the Crescent City from the Mississippi River.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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