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motorcycle trip

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My husband and I will be traveling the first part of May on a motorycyle and one of our stops will be in New Orleans. Will we need to make reservations? Is there off street non valet parking at the French Quarter motels? Any tips for must see or must dos while there? Right now our trip looks to be about 3500 miles in 10 days so we will only be in town for a day or two. Recommendations for a place to stay? And also for a great meal.

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1. Re: motorcycle trip

The two French Quarter hotels with secure self-parking are Le Richelieu (lot) and Wyndham (formerly Holiday Inn) New Orleans - French Quarter (garage). I recall reading about several other properties that make accommodation for motorcycles; maybe some of the bikers will chime in.

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Yes, you need to make lodging reservations in advance so you know where you are going. It's not like some highway where there are motels lining the place. Stay in the French Quarter if possible.

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.

-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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3. Re: motorcycle trip

www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/fq/

Click on "Lodging" for places to stay. Click on "Restaurants" for lots of dining venues. Ask more questions after you have narrowed down your choices.

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4. Re: motorcycle trip

Hi Lisa, my husband and I did a motorcycle trip to New Orleans last May and faced the same issue as you. We stayed at the Hotel Provincial, and they were very helpful regarding the motorcycle parking. They gave us a parking spot in the corner of their lot, It isn't a covered lot, but it is secure and we felt very confident leaving our motorcycle there. The Hotel St. Marie also has motorcycle parking. We haven't parked our motorcycle there, but did see a lot of motorcyles going into the lot when we stayed there.

If you plan on being in New Orleans the first weekend in May, you need to be aware that is the last weekend of Jazz Fest and the city will be extremely crowded and hotel prices will be very high. If you come during the week, it shouldn't be bad.

Having a motorcycle in New Orleans can be a bit of a challenge. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a personal message. Have a wonderful trip!!

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Hotel Villa Convento has secure indoor parking a few blocks from the hotel, which has a great location. I would recommend reservations. I don't know how far east you guys are going but if you'll be near Birmingham, AL you may be interested in the Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum. As for New Orleans, our favorite restaurant is Katie's in mid-city...in the French Quarter it is probably Stanley for breakfast but Red Gravy just off Canal St is great too. Also liked the Red Fish Grill on Bourbon. My must-sees are Bourbon St at night for the craziness factor and at least one cemetery--St Louis #1 is closest to the Quarter. We're doing a bicycle tour of the Lower 9th Ward this trip that sounds amazing. Also riding the St Charles streetcar through the Garden District is a must.

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