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From Food to Spooky Fun: The Perfect 3-Day Getaway

Whether you have been lucky enough to spend time in New Orleans or not, the “Big Easy” is most definitely a place you’ll want to visit over and over again because, quite simply, it never gets old. The famous Louisiana city that sits on the mighty Mississippi is a true hub of never-ending awesome music, unforgettable food, and sights to see that will have your mind enthralled.

Where to start? You have three days, and the list of walking tours and excursions you can choose from is a long one. However, one you absolutely must see is that fusion of culture and art: The French Quarter. Here you visit the Garden District, hop on a very cool streetcar, and take a look at some of the most architecturally beautiful and historically wondrous mansions this country has to offer. French Creole and Spanish influenced homes surrounded by old, tiled streets make for the perfect picture-taking opportunity.

Need a little dark and thrilling? Take a cemetery or voodoo tour to get some excitement. Being that New Orleans was built on swampland, the dead are buried above ground in stone crypts and mausoleums right in the middle of suburban areas. Spooky, with elaborate sculptures looming over the bizarre labyrinth of connecting pathways, you’ll love discovering “The City of the Dead.” Learn all about the rituals and superstitions behind voodoo, and perhaps “meet up” with the famous Voodoo Queen herself, Marie Laveau.

Need a drink after that? Or wish to listen to some great music? Make sure to go bar hopping down iconic Bourbon Street. Enjoy your extremely large beers and drinks from one of the ornate balconies above the street and soak in the view. For an even more authentic scene, head down Frenchman Street, as well.

In Jackson Square, you’ll find a wealth of tarot readers, street performers, and incredibly talented artists. For over fifty years, this open-air artist community has hung their works on the iron railings around the Square. You can sit for a portrait under the oak trees, buy a piece of local art to take home or just simply enjoy the incredible performers. You can even take a mule and carriage ride, which are stationed right outside the Square by Decatur Street.

When you’re talking food, you’re talking a cavalcade of choices. Whether you’re into fancy French cuisine or those distinctive Creole and Cajun dishes, this city has it all. Heck, it even has a tour you can take of all the best food joints in the area!

And when the stomach is full, take a steamboat up the mighty Mississippi and view those lights from a pad steamer. Everything from dinner jazz cruises to Sunday Brunch Jazz cruises can be enjoyed on the Steamboat Natchez. They even offer historical cruises on the Creole Queen Paddle Wheeler to Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans.

What’s the only part you can’t plan for? The fact that after only three days…you’ll never want to leave!

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