Travel Planning
New Orleans
Travel Planning
New Orleans

New Orleans at a Glance

New Orleans is one of  Louisiana's cultural hubs. The city is famous for its colorful Mardi Gras celebration and the parties, feasts and dancing that goes on during that week. Whether you chose to visit New Orleans during the heart of the February Mardi Gras scene, or during the rest of the year, you will find a lively scene. 

New Orleans jazz gets its name from the city of its origin. Listen to jazz here while you sip on a drink and enjoy legendary creole, French and New Orleans-style cooking. Take a stroll through the French Quarter to admire New Orleans' oldest neighborhood and its French-style public park Jackson Square. When you've had your fill of local history and flair, head over to the National World War II museum to get a global perspective.

What to Expect
High Season
October - May
Low Season
June - September
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal
      • Railroad Union Passenger Terminal
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      6,223 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      113 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe WeatherNew Orleans is prone to flooding when river levels rise, as well as in the event of severe weather, including hurricanes and tropical storms. Pay attention to the local weather when visiting and be prepared to take action if necessary.

      Safety ConcernsNew Orleans is a high-crime area, although crime varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. Protect your valuables by locking your car and keeping your bags and other important belonging out of sight. Stay with the group and avoid unknown areas.

      Health ConcernsNew Orleans' hot, muggy climate frequently dehydrates and over-heats people. Stay well hydrated with water and protect yourself from the heat.