Two ways to take in the Metairie Cemetery, either by car or foot. Stop by the office and they will provide you with a walking map showing where historical graves are located, or a cd tour if you are visiting by car. On the grounds of an old race track from the mid 1800's, it is easily the most majestic and ornate historical cemetery in New Orleans.
Since our visit was on foot the traveling was by streetcar. On Canal street there are two lines that run out Canal Street towards the cemeteries, the City Parks Line and the Cemeteries Line. Speaking from experience, be sure to catch the Cemeteries Trolley or you'll have about 5 extra blocks to walk to reach the end of Canal Street.
At at end of line, disembark and you will see a street light in front of you. Cross the street (City Park Avenue) but don't enter the cemetery in front of you. Instead, make a left on the sidewalk and follow it under the I-10 overpass just ahead. On your right after I-10 you will see a walking path leading you inside the cemetery.
If you are looking for older and not necessarily pretty, St. Louis #1 might be best. If you are more interested in large cemetery art, Metairie Cemetery is the way to go.
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