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Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

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Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

I will be in New orleans this Saturday, arriving at 2pm, and leaving Monday at 4:30pm. I need some ideas on what we (2 25-30 year olds) can do for this short period of time to really get a good sense of the city. Which of these would be best to do during our time there, and any idea on what we should do on what day?

swamp tour

french quater tour

plantation tour

jazz bar

cocktail grayline tour

anything else we should/could do??

also, please give recommendations on great, reasonably-priced cajun restaurants. Thanks!

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1. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

Also, we won't have a car, so will need things that are relatively easy to get to.

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2. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

I suggest a haunted history tour, there's several available.

But also, take an umbrella, forecast is calling for a lot of rain. I am flying there this afternoon, so I just checked!

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3. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

The swamp and plantation tours offer transportation to and from the tour site, so transportation won't be a problem.

I highly recommend visiting the jazz clubs on Frenchmen St in the Marigny, walkable from French Quarter. My favorite jazz club there is Snug Harbor. http://www.snugjazz.com/site/

For the French Quarter, you don't really need to go on a walking tour, since there is so much to explore on your own, but the carriage tours (available in front of Jackson Square) are fun!

Here are some itineraries from Frommer's: frommers.com/destinations/…0020020033.html

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4. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

With the limited time, I would skip the swamp and plantation tours. If you want swamp, you can head over to the area near Giants Stadium. If you want plantations, there are some pretty nice ones in the Hudson Valley area. Without a car, these tours can get pretty expensive. Save your $$$ for some cocktails and great meals in or near the French Quarter.

You basically have 48 hours and you are in your mid-20s. Explore French Quarter and Garden District, and there will be plenty to occupy your time. As a previous poster mentioned, you can do a cemetary, ghost, or history tour of the FQ without having to spend extra to have someone pick you up and drop you off.

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5. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

yeah...skip the Grayline tour too.

i'm 26, and the things i like to do are:

-walk Magazine street, get lunch at Juan's Flying burrito and do some shopping at the unique boutiques there. i looooove 'Trashy Diva' for amazing vintage and original 1920's-40's clothes.

-check out dinner/cocktails at Muriels in Jackson Square. love the seance room.

-hurricanes at Lafittes Blacksmith Shop

-snug harbour jazz club (to echo p.p.) as well as bar hopping whilst on Frenchman Street (a great place for live music)

-beignets at cafe du monde

-post drinking/pre sleeping meal at Clover Grill

-any sort of tour run by Bloody Mary. Looove her moonlight cemetary tour. her haunted french quarter walking tour is also excellent

-watch folks sing karaoke at cats meow

-absinthe at 'Old Absinthe House'

-Big Al Carson at 'Funky Pirate'

have a blast!


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6. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

There's a lot to do and see on your own in New Orleans, so my advice would be to skip the guided tours this time around.

I definitely recommend visiting The Old Absinthe House as

joshlufsgirl suggested, but try the absinthe at Pravda on Decatur instead.

If you want some information as you're walking in the FQ here's a PDF self-guided walking tour. neworleanscvb.com/static/…0

Free ferry ride across the Miss. to Algiers. Don't forget your camera for the skyline.

Stop into The Pharmacy Museum http://www.pharmacymuseum.org/ and take the self-guided tour for $5. Then stop at The Napoleon House for a Pimm's Cup.

Quartermaster Deli or Verti Marte (All That Jazz or Royal Feast) for good cheap take out.

Yo Mama's for burgers and a wide variety of tequilas.

Check here http://www.offbeat.com/listings/clubs.php to find out who's playing music where. One Eyed Jack's seems to be popular these days.

Visit one of the above ground cemeteries. I recommend St.Louis Cemetery No.3 on Esplanade or Lafayette No. 1 on Washington in the Garden District.

FYI restaurant.com has their certificates 80% off thru Sunday 3/12 11:59pm pst if you type MENU in the code box. New Orleans' listings here: http://tinyurl.com/d8nrkn

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Absolutley one of Bloody Mary's tours!!! Great fun with a lot of history on the city.

Quarter Master and Verti Marte delis are not to be missed.

Coop's Place! Go here if you want to try fantastic Cajun!

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8. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

Thanks so much to everyone for the great advice! I think we are going to skip the plantation and swamp tours, and instead spend our time exploring the fq and gardent district on our own and eating great food/drinking. I'll have to look into the other offbeat things that were mentioned here!

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9. Re: Last-minute 2 day trip, help!!

We don't eat before we go out to do something else, in New Orleans the eating is the main event!! Also, walking around the FQ is much more interesting in the day than at night!

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