All in a Day: New Orleans

The rhythm of this city of jazz and gumbo is inescapable—even if you’re only on a day trip in New Orleans.

Sample the cuisine the city is famous for—including gumbo—on your New Orleans day trip.

Sample the cuisine the city is famous for—including gumbo—on your New Orleans day trip.

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New Orleans Culinary Bike Tour
Confederacy of Cruisers, New Orleans’ original bike tour company, offers a culinary tour that introduces you to delicious dishes in New Orleans’ Creole neighborhoods. Though you’ll be noshing on boudin, crawfish, and gumbo thick with fresh shrimp and andouille sausage, you’ll be pedaling off as many calories as you consume.

Le Petit Théâtre
The spiffy Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré produces shows that star local talent in a gorgeous jewel-box setting. Have dinner or drinks at Tableau, a Dickie Brennan restaurant, which shares a lobby and courtyard with the theater.

Creole Bliss
New Orleans is famous for rich Creole cuisine, a gumbo of French and Spanish, West African and Caribbean flavors. If you must choose only one French-Creole restaurant during your New Orleans day trip, make it the famous French Quarter spot Galatoire’s. Forget the latest food trends: This classic menu—which features salmon meunière, shrimp etouffée and crab-stuffed eggplant—still holds its own.

The National WWII Museum
New Orleans holds a place in World War II history: The flat-bottom Higgins boats used in the D-Day invasion were made in the Crescent City. At this museum, which pays tribute to America’s armed forces, exhibitions chronicle the war years at home and overseas and tell the stories of the Pacific and European theaters .

No New Orleans day trip would be complete without hearing a jazz band perform.

No New Orleans day trip would be complete without hearing a jazz band perform.

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The Sounds of Frenchmen Street
The three-block stretch of Frenchmen Street in the Marigny across from the French Quarter, is the best place to hear all kinds of live music—key if you’re only in New Orleans on a day trip. Enjoy swing dance at The Spotted Cat, brass at d.b.a., or maybe a set of straight-ahead jazz from one of the Marsalis brothers at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro. On weekends, there’s also a night art market to peruse.

Up the Mississippi
Hop aboard the Steamboat Natchez for panoramic city views, a feel for the busy maritime traffic on the river, and one of the tastiest Bloody Marys in town. Trumpet player Kevin Clark and the snappy Dukes of Dixieland provide the soundtrack and the perfect ending for your New Orleans day trip.

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