Sorry for the travel silence, not much has been happening on the travel front for me, but I’m hoping to remedy that soon! In a few months I will be embarking on the first trip of 2015: New Orleans! It’s my annual anniversary trip with The Husband and we’ve decided to sidestep his flying fears and take the train. And, well, for the experience — I’m all about the experience. Amtrak operates the Crescent line, which runs from New York to New Orleans and we can pick it up in Baltimore. We got a small sleeper car and everything! It should be interesting to say the very least.
This will be our first time in New Orleans and I’ve got a few things I’m excited to experience:
1. French Quarter Festival
Thanks to Hannah’s comment when I announced I was planning a trip New Orleans, I scheduled our travel to overlap the French Quarter Festival, which runs April 9-12. The French Quarter Festival is a local music showcase scattered throughout the French Quarter. It’s the largest free music event in the United States!
There are more than 20 stages of free, local music from a variety of musical genres and, of course, food booths operated by some of New Orleans’ famous restaurants.
This was a no-brainer. I LOVE music and LOVE food. This festival is made for me.
2. Jackson Square
Image from Experience New Orleans.com
Being raised Catholic I have a soft spot for old churches and I’m looking forward to touring the St. Louis Cathedral. I believe it’s the oldest Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
The Square itself has the famous statue of General Andrew Jackson and I’m fairly certain there’ll be lots to walk and see especially with the artists there!
3. A Run though City Park and the River Front
I have this obsession with running when I’m vacationg. There’s really nothing I like more than sightseeing on foot, alone, and feeling apart of the community I’m visiting. City Park seems to be the “Central Park” of New Orleans and it’s exactly 3 miles from my hotel. I’m planning at least one nice long run to visit and check it out on foot. The Husband is generally a sleep-in type of guy so I love filling in my mornings with things he’d rather not do. And let’s be honest, the guy is not going to be up for a 2-hour run to the park and back.
As for River Front, well, considering the Mississippi runs straight through the city this is a must for me. Plus my hotel is less than a mile from Woldenberg Riverfront Park.
4. Ride the St. Charles Streetcar Line
The St. Charles Streetcar line the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world. It’s been in operation since 1835!
The route forms a 13.2-mile crescent from Carondelet at Canal Street in the Central Business District through the oldest section of uptown New Orleans. Apparently you tunnel live oaks and pass dozens of antebellum mansions, historic monuments, Loyola and Tulane universities, and the Audubon Zoological Gardens.
A day pass is $3. I mean, how do you beat that?
5. Take at least one Walking Ghost Tour!
I LOVE walking ghost tours, and New Orleans seems to have an awful lot to choose from! Voodoo, ghosts, phantoms, Bloody Mary, spirits, witches — I really don’t know how I’m going to pick. The Husband is already rolling his eyes but I don’t care. I’m going on at least one while in the Big Easy.
Are there any other must-do’s I’m missing? We only have about 4 days but I love getting recommendations from locals or people who have traveled there. Any must-try restaurants? Museums? Bars? We will be kid-less celebrating out 14th wedding anniversary!