Flight and hotel New Orleans
Presenting New Orleans
Nestled on the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans, nicknamed 'the Big Easy', is the largest port city in the state of Louisiana. The city has a population of about 340,000. Brimming with diverse sights and attractions, New Orleans will pleasantly surprise you.
The city is a dream holiday destination, providing fascinating culture, stunning natural beauty, mouth-watering Creole cuisine, a vibrant jazz scene and colourful nightlife. Save on vacation packages in New Orleans by booking your flight to and hotel in New Orleans together.
What to know before visiting New Orleans
Flights to New Orleans arrive at Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY), which is well connected with major destinations by various mode of transport, including shuttle buses, Uber, and taxis. For getaways in New Orleans, you can book a direct flight from Washington or New York to New Orleans.
As the official language is English in New Orleans, you likely won't face a language barrier. The time difference between New Orleans and the UK is five hours, and the city's currency is the US dollar.
When is the best time to visit New Orleans?
July is the hottest month in New Orleans, with an average temperature of 32°C, and January is the coldest, at 6°C. July is the wettest month, with an average rainfall of 168mm. The best months to visit New Orleans are February, March, April, October and November, when the weather is pleasant and the festival season is in full swing.
By booking your vacation packages in New Orleans during these months, you can enjoy a great weekend getaway. See some of New Orleans's noteworthy events, including Mardi Gras (February-March) and its colourful parade; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April-May), a 10-day cultural feast celebrating internationally acclaimed jazz musicians; and the French Quarter Festival (April), a four-day music extravaganza featuring local musicians.
What to do in New Orleans
New Orleans offers plenty of things to do and sites to explore. Getaways to New Orleans are sure to be unique and full of life. Take a visit to the historic French Quarter (Vieux Carré), a National Historic Landmark. This charming neighbourhood and its colonial-style architecture represent the culture and history of the city. Come here to enjoy jazz music or sample delicious Creole dishes at one of its restaurants.
- Bourbon Street, the French Quarter's main attraction, is a never-ending party hub featuring music clubs, bars and sidewalk shows. Jackson Square is another hotspot, boasting a multitude of shops, restaurants and museums.
- Jazz music is synonymous with New Orleans. There are countless clubs and bars hosting jazz performances, including the Balcony Music Club, Republic New Orleans, the Rock & Bowl and House of Blues.
- Take a stroll through the Garden District to explore some of the city's most beautiful houses and architecture. If you need to recharge afterwards, head to Magazine Street to check out its high-end boutiques, cafés, antique shops and art galleries.
- Get up close with incredible marine creatures at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, home to vampire fish, long-snouted garfish, snakes and white-skinned alligators.
- If you couldn’t make it during Mardi Gras, don't miss the chance to learn about this renowned celebration. Visit Mardi Gras World, which showcases the carnival's history and the craftsmanship that goes into making its iconic floats.
- Other exciting activities including riding streetcars, cruising along the Mississippi River and touring the surrounding wetlands on airboats.
Places to visit in New Orleans
The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, a must-see during weekend getaways in New Orleans, is the home of jazz and offers live musical performances. If you're travelling with kids, be sure to visit the Prytania Theatre and Audubon Zoo. For even more family-friendly fun, head to the John P Lyons Memorial Center and Louisiana Children's Museum.
A vacation in the city wouldn't be complete without visiting the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, where you can pay tribute to World War II veterans and brush up on military history. Discover the city's creative scene by stopping at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Cole Pratt Gallery and Berta’s & Mina’s Antiquities. Situated in City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is home to a renowned sculpture garden and a collection of over 40,000 artworks.
What to eat in New Orleans
On weekend getaways in New Orleans, savour some the city's diverse cuisine. The food culture here is typically Creole and Cajun, covering a wide range of mouthwatering delicacies from crawfish to gumbo. Chargrilled oyster, a New Orleans classic, is prepared using a mixture of herbs, cheese, breadcrumbs and melted butter. Crawfish étouffée, one of the city’s popular dishes, is made with plump crawfish or shrimp, celery, seasonings and butter. Po-Boys, big sandwiches served over French bread, are a must-have for any visitor.
New Orleans boasts plenty of world-class restaurants, including famous Commander’s Palace, which offers traditional Cajun & Creole dishes; Brennan’s Restaurant, which is known for its distinctive seasonal offerings; Galatoire’s, which serves French-Creole fare; and Tujague’s, which offers traditional fixed-price Creole delicacies.
What souvenirs can you bring home from New Orleans?
New Orleans offers visitors an eclectic mix of souvenirs and gifts to keep memories of your trip alive. The region's various hot sauces can bring the flavours of Louisiana to your dishes back home. Beignets, which are sweet or savoury doughnuts, can't be found anywhere else, so make sure to grab a box or some beignet mix. Other great souvenirs include voodoo dolls, Mardi Gras beads, alligator-skin wallets and Cajun-inspired spices.