Yesterday, the New York Times announced its list of 52 places to go in 2018. Their number one suggestion? New Orleans! "There is no city in the world like New Orleans. Influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and indigenous peoples have made it the ultimate melting pot,'' the Times wrote. We couldn't agree more! With the tricentennial celebrations kicking off, 2018 is the perfect time to plan your trip to New Orleans, especially for a solo travel adventure.
New Orleans is special and we want to show you. This is why we here at Astrid Solo Travel Advisor are listing our top things to do solo here in New Orleans including, tips on where to go, how to get there, what to do when you arrive and much more. Here is our list of why New Orleans is the perfect solo destination:
1. It's cheap to get here! Nearly every major airport in the United States has a direct flight to New Orleans and flights are cheaper than most domestic destinations, especially in the summer and winter months. Public transport is super cheap in New Orleans - $1.25 a ride - and the city's historic street cars can get you to just about any destination in the city. If you're here for a weekend pick up at Jazzy Pass (which can get purchased at any Walgreens) for $3 a day and $9 for a three-day pass, which includes buses and the streetcars.
2. New Orleans is celebrating in tricentennial anniversary! 300 years means there is a lot of history to be explore. Take a tour - there are plenty of free and cheap walking tours in the French Quarter and Garden District. The Historic New Orleans Collection is a favorite, FREE spot of ours whose rotating exhibitions have showcased a wide variety of topics relating to the history and culture of the Gulf South region and the peoples who have influenced it. New Orleans is also home to some of country's oldest and grandest hotels and bed and breakfast. Visit booking.com to check our available rooms.
3. There is no one like a New Orleanian! New Orleans locals are proud of their city and are quick to offer advice on where to eat, drink, and play. Every New Orleanian has their favorite neighborhood spot, and if you're lucky, they might just share it with you! The neighborhoods of New Orleans are as unique as the city itself - get out and explore. Here are our guides to the Garden District and the new and upcoming South Market District.
4. THE FOOD. Elegant dining rooms, mahogany walls, and waiters in tuxedos - treating yourself at one of New Orleans's classic stalwarts should be on everyone's to-do list. Enjoy French-Creole favorites at French Quarter staples Galatoire's and Antoine's. Head Uptown and enjoy elegant Creole classics at Clancy's and Upperline. Other fine dining options include Commander's Palace, Bayona, Arnaud's, Restaurant Revolution, Doris Metropolitan, La Petite Grocery and more!
5. New Orleans shopping is world-class. Starting at Canal Place in the CBD and running all the way upriver to Audubon Park through the Garden District and Uptown,Magazine Street is the perfect place to spend a day.. Magazine Street is a thriving place of commerce, where you will find world-class shopping, great restaurants and classic New Orleans architecture in a relaxed, local atmosphere. To see our favorites places to shop, drink, and eat, check out our Magazine Street guide here.
We want to introduce solo travelers to OUR New Orleans: to our favorite restaurants and bars, to our local fashion designers, to our unique neighborhood gems. We are here to help solo travelers looking for affordable luxury ideas move through New Orleans feeling confident, safe, inspired and engaged. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #soloNOLA for more of OUR New Orleans.