Rough Draft: 3 Day Itinerary for New Orleans, LA

April 2020

Rough Draft: New Orleans, Louisiana

Due to the COVID quarantine, I am creating rough draft, “off the shelf” travel itineraries for when travel resumes normal operations so we do not waste any time getting out and exploring!

New Orleans has been my most requested itinerary so this was an easy one to pick. Kevin got one look at the food options and was sold! Here is a three day weekend that I hope to put to use the second half of 2020. With three day weekends, I always like to sneak in on Thursday night to get the full day in Friday. Make sure to go hungry – I cannot wait to eat at all these delicious places! You may think “wow, that’s a lot of food” but my plan is to sample and share dishes to have the opportunity to try more things – the more people, the more you get the try.

While everyone knows about Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, one of the under rated areas to stay in in the Garden District and I think that is where we would choose to stay. Having a car may or may not be necessary given the public transit, including the street car system. Like most three day weekends, I like to leave after work on Thursday to give a full three days of exploring.

Activity
Day 0AfternoonArrive /check in
EveningExplore neighborhood where staying
Day 1MorningCity Park
Explore Treme
AfternoonSt Louis Cathedral / Jackson Square
Museum – National WWII, Pharmacy
Cemeteries
EveningPreservation Hall
Explore French Quarter
Day 2MorningExplore Garden District
AfternoonExcursion: Swamp boat tour, Barataria Preserve Visitor Center, Whitney Plantation
EveningCrescent Park
Explore Bywater
Day 3MorningExcursion: Swamp boat tour, Barataria Preserve Visitor Center, Whitney Plantation
AfternoonRevisit an area you want more time for!
EveningDepart

The food scene here is so exciting! It is going to be hard to pick only a few for a few day trip – it feels like snacking and sharing through New Orleans is going to be the way to go. Here are some of the top picks in each neighborhood that I will be attmpeting to fit into this short trip:

Garden DistrcitFrench QuarterTremeBywater
Turkey and the Wolf
Silver Whistle Cafe
Mojo Coffee House
Gris Gris
Mosquito Supper Club
Atchafalaya
Commander’s
Tchoup Yard
Cochon Butcher
Cafe du Monde
Cafe Beignet
Gumbo Shop
Petite Amelie
French Truck Coffee
Compère Lapin
Tiki Tolteca
The Carousel 
The Jazz Playhouse
May Baily’s Place 
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
Mr Ed’s Oyster
Parkway Bakery
Willie Mae’s
The Elysian Bar
Bacchanal Fine Wine
The Joint BBQ
Parleaux Beer Lab

If you have been to New Orleans, let me know what I missed and what your favorites are!

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