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First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

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First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

Hi! Planning on taking a road trip to New Orleans this summer from Chicago, is there a specific month that you can suggest? Also would just love to hear people's favorites restaurants, as Im a huge foodie. What are the must see places and some of your fave nightlife bars/clubs. ANYTHING would be helpful...THANK YOU :)

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1. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

I'd first suggest you use the search feature with your topics of interest as it has a wealth of information and also trip reports and take a look at the frequently asked questions and that way you could narrow your questions down a bit and we'd be glad to give specifics...a few posters have some very good what to do and bar scene presets and I'm sure they will post them...It will be hot and not much different between July and August and the heat and humidity of June just slides you into the next torrid two months...

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2. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

Thanks a lot..will do :)

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3. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

Here are SOME of the "must dos" in the French Quarter alone:

-Visit Jackson Square and peruse the offerings of the artists and craftsmen there.

-Stop often and listen to the street musicians and observe the street performers.  BE SURE TO TIP THEM IF YOU LIKE THEIR PERFORMANCE. ( For that reason, be sure to bring a bunch of dollar bills, and fives too.)

-Go into the beautiful old St Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square. Again, BE SURE TO LEAVE AN OFFERING to show your appreciation.

-Visit the French Market to peruse the Flea Market and the Farmer's Market and the associated restaurants and shops.

-Take a buggy ride from Jackson Square around the Quarter to get narrated history lesson.

-Eat a beignet at Cafe Du Monde.

-Eat a po'boy sandwich or some crawfish or alligator on a stick.

-Drink a Hurricane in the courtyard at Pat O'Briens.

-Take a walk along the Mississippi River levee.

- Take a cruise down the river on the Riverboat Natchez.

-Take a FREE ride on the Algiers Ferry to get a great view of the Quarter from the river.

-Peruse the art galleries on Royal Street.

-The World War Two Museum

-At nite, either watch or participate in the spirit of bacchanalia on Bourbon Street.

-As an alternative at nite, walk over to Frenchman Street to the jazz clubs.

-EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT at many of the dozens of superb dining establishments in the Quarter.

-SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP in everything from "touristy" shops to high-end places.

-DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK if that is your wont.  Lots of places and lots of different drinks.

-Take a ride on fhe streetcars, which opens up an entire new set of activities OUTSIDE of the FQ!

-If you are active, take a bike tour or a kayak tour on St John Bayou.

-Take a tour to visit local plantations or swamps or a "Katrina tour" to understand the devastation and recovery from that terrible event.

And this list has only touched on SOME of the highlights.  Others will, I'm sure, add to this list.  Be sure to ask more questions as you firm up your itinerary.

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4. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

The sooner the better in the summer. New Orleans in the summer is HOT and humid. Coming from Chicago, you should probably find a hotel with a pool for the afternoons.

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5. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

Ah you lucky dog to be going from one of my favorite cities to another! Others with more experience can give you more valuable, specific info than I can but my advice would be to decide on a couple "must do" items and then leave yourselves tons of time for wandering and doing whatever grabs your attention once you're there. We tend to overplan when visiting a new place, but NOLA was like no place we had ever been - had a way of sweeping us away from any plans and just going with the flow!

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6. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

I have been to New Orleans once to help hurricane Katrina victims and immediately fell in love with the city! I am going back next week and cannot wait! For food, I would HIGHLY recommend The Joint. It is a little out of the way of the main city, but completely worth it. They have the best pulled pork, spare ribs and mac and cheese you will ever have in your life! The key lime pie and the peanut butter pie are to die for. It is a complete hole in the wall kind of place, but I would never go to New Oreans without stopping in for a dinner!


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7. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

Imbayli... we are also going to NOLA this summer for the first time, but we are going the first week in June. The lady at the hotel told us that yes NOLA is hot, but the first week of June wasnt extremely hot yet and not too bad. She did say that July and August ARE extremely hot.

We are also from Illnois and i know last year we had temps around 115 here in central Illinois so the heat in early June in NOLA didnt sound unbearable.

The rates are also cheaper during this time at our hotel and some of the attractions.


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8. Re: First Timer...would LOVE to hear your advice :)

It is not necessarily the temperature...it's the humidity...remember you are on the river, a few miles from the coast AND below sealevel. You might also want to go to neworleansonline.com for lists of restaurants, hotels, things to do, maps, coupons, a calendar of events and to download/order a Visitor's Guide that contains excellent information.

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