New Orleans: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

New Orleans: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About New Orleans


Mardi Gras. Voodoo. Joie de vivre. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," New Orleans is known the world over for its costumed parades and street parties, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. The historic heart of the city is the French Quarter, known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture and vibrant nightlife along Bourbon Street. New Orleans is full of life—but with a laid-back energy that sets it apart from other cities. You'll wanna soak it all in.


Established: 1718

Area: 223,872 acres (349.8 sq mi)

Elevation: 6.5 ft

Time Zone: Central Daylight Time (GMT-5)

Emergency Number: 911

Outlet: Type A


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Fun Facts

  • New Orleans’ popular Bourbon Street was named after the French Bourbon dynasty, not the whiskey.
  • It’s illegal to ride on any Mardi Gras float in the city without wearing a Mardi Gras mask.
  • America’s first mixed drink, the Sazerac (the official cocktail of the city), was created in a French Quarter bar by Antoine Peychaud. The Sazerac is traditionally made with 1/4 oz of Absinthe, 1 1/2 oz of whiskey or cognac, a sugar cube, and three dashes of bitters.
  • Born in NOLA on Aug. 4, 1901, jazz icon Louis Armstrong is a New Orleans staple: There are two statues in the city honoring him, AND he's the namesake of the airport and a park.
  • New Orleans is one of the few cities in America to have lived under three different flags: the French, the Spanish, and then the French again before being sold to the United States.
  • Most of the city is built on a swamp, making it important that the dead in the city be interred in above-ground tombs.


Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5-8 per person/per day
Drivers USD $3-4 per person/per day
Restaurants  USD 15-20% of total bill



Where can I find information on travel safety? Click here for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.


Do I need a Visa? For US travelers, no. International visitors should check with their consulates to see if they need a visa, e-visa, or waiver.


What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.


How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.


Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, or from a provider of your choice.


What does public transportation look like? New Orleans' streetcar system is a charming way to explore the city, and you can easily rent bikes, hop a bus, take a ferry, or call a pedicab, a taxi or a limo service whenever you need to.


Is Uber or Lyft available? Yes!

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