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Enjoy New Orleans on a Budget

New Orleans blends Spanish, French, American, and Creole cultures, making it one of the most unique and diverse cities in the US. Renowned for its exquisite pre-war architecture, jazz music, food, and legendary Mardi Gras celebrations, there’s also plenty on offer for travelers looking for a cheap vacation in New Orleans. Many bars have free music in the evenings, but the best way to enjoy New Orleans on a budget is to get yourself out on the streets and soak up the unique, charming atmosphere that money can’t buy.

Things to see in New Orleans

City Park with its delightful gardens, water features, bridges, and captivating art museum is one of the best parks in the state and a great choice for a cheap day out in New Orleans. From here, hop on one of the city’s delightful, old-fashioned trams, a magical way to see some sights for less than USD$3 for a full-day pass. There are plenty of choices for budget restaurants in New Orleans—join in with the locals at one of the authentic joints down by the river and tuck into oyster po’boy, New Orleans’ iconic sandwich. New Orleans lives up to its reputation as a party town, and some of the city’s best entertainment can be found around Bourbon Street where a number of bars are known to stay open round the clock.

Cheap hotels in New Orleans

When it comes to cheap accommodation in New Orleans, cash-conscious travelers are spoilt for choice. Many of the city’s pre-war townhouses have been converted into elegant, well-priced hotels, retaining original architectural features such as shady porches, parlors, and verandahs. The city also boasts plenty of quirky bed and breakfasts complete with individually styled rooms full of local charm and character. To stretch your budget a little further, make sure your economy room in New Orleans comes with free Wi-Fi and free breakfast. In keeping with the Deep South’s famed hospitality, some guesthouses even offer visitors free cocktails on arrival.

Where to stay in New Orleans

Offering a raft of options for cheap accommodation, eating, and entertainment, the French Quarter and the Garden District are the best areas for visitors looking for budget hotels in New Orleans. In the French Quarter, travelers the world over are drawn to the melting pot atmosphere radiating out from boisterous Bourbon Street. The elegant Garden District is a delight to explore, brimming with picturesque townhouses and enchanting courtyard gardens. Another more bohemian option is Fauberg Marigny where you can visit the lush gardens of historic Washington Square Park, strike up a conversation with one the neighborhood’s many colorful characters, or bag yourself a bargain in one of the many second-hand bookstores dotted throughout this area.

How to get to New Orleans

Located in the suburb of Kenner, Louis Armstrong International Airport is New Orleans’ main airport and serves 37 destinations across North America. A taxi from the airport to the French Quarter costs about USD$35, while a bus service is available for around USD$5. When it comes to getting around New Orleans, the city’s colorful streetcars offer a charming historical twist to conventional modes of transport and are well worth a spin. Downtown New Orleans itself is very compact and a lot of exploring can be done on foot— strolling through the streets is a great way to soak up the unique atmosphere of this quaint and quirky town.

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