One-of-a-kind culture. Amazing food. Stellar sights.
New Orleans is truly a gem of the South, boasting plenty to see and do for those looking to get away from it all.
And trust us: thereâ€™s much more to the Crescent City than its â€œparty hardâ€ reputation. For the sake of saving money and having a more meaningful trip, perhaps itâ€™s best to avoid the traditional tourist trap hotspots and seek out a healthier, happier experience while youâ€™re there.
Below weâ€™ve outlined three tips for planning your NOLA getaway that go beyond the bar scene. While thereâ€™s certainly no shortage of things to do, these tips will set you up for a trip to remember, all the wheel keeping money in your pocket.
Square Away Cost-Effective Accommodations
Thereâ€™s no denying that New Orleans boasts some absolutely incredible hotels in terms of architecture and accommodations.
That said, donâ€™t expect to stay in one without paying an arm and a leg. Likewise, competition is absolutely fierce for prime locations downtown.
Other than staying outside of the city proper, a brilliant yet overlooked way to save big on your NOLA trip is by making it a road trip and going the RV route. You can actually find RV rentals in New Orleans that are in close proximity to downtown, meaning that your favorite attractions are just a trek or Uber away.
Sample the Local Fare
No matter how you slice it, New Orleans is known for its food and drink.
In fact, the city is a total foodie paradise given its hopping restaurant scene and variety of local dishes that are so unique NOLA. Along with the staples of Cajun cuisine and Southern sweets, some must-eats when youâ€™re scouting the French Quarter or suburbs include seafood gumbo, muffalettas and beignets.
The good news? Eating well in New Orleans doesnâ€™t mean spending big.
Honestly, itâ€™s hard to go wrong when it comes to where you dine, too. Donâ€™t be afraid of little mom and pop shops if it means saving some cash: oftentimes those old-school restaurants are the ones that surprise you the most.
For the sake of your health and keeping money in your pocket, finding freebies to do in NOLA is always a plus.
Perhaps one of the best ways to spend your time productively is by considering some health-related activities. Downtown New Orleans is incredibly walkable, especially with a group, as you marvel at Southern mansions and the likes of the Mississippi River.
In addition to the tons of awesome trails in New Orleans, also consider that there are a variety of fitness events sprinkled throughout the city on any given weekend. Whether itâ€™s pop-up yoga in Jackson Square or the Crescent City 5K, there are endless opportunities to get your blood pumping while youâ€™re on vacation.
Perfect for a weekend getaway, itâ€™s totally possible to have a great time in NOLA without overspending. By sticking to these tips as you plan your vacation, you can do exactly that next time you check out the South.
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