What Bourbon Street offers is 13 blocks of New Orleans history, restaurants, bars, cafes, souvenir shops, and New Orleans' culture. Stop for a bite to eat at the popular Galatoire's, admire the architecture, do some shopping, and then stick around for nightfall when things really start heating up on Bourbon. If you're lucky enough to be in town for Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street is the place where it all happens, so definitely join in the festivities!
The French Quarter is actually home to one of the most famous New Orleans attractions, Bourbon Street, but it is much more than that. It is the oldest neighborhood in the city, and a lot of its historic buildings were built when the Spanish ruled the city in the late 18th century. It's a wonderful area to spend an afternoon snapping pictures, perusing the streets and their shops and cafes, and generally just taking in the historic scenery and architecture.
You don't have to be an art fanatic to fall in love with Royal Street, although many art lovers do flock to this street's section in the Upper French Quarter to window shop. There are dozens of antique shops, beautiful high-end hotels, and art galleries to appreciate, and you don't have to purchase anything to have fun. Though a portion of the street is quite upscale, an equal amount also includes budget options for the travelers who are trying to keep their spending at a minimum on their trip while still enjoying their time.
History doesn't stop after the streets of downtown New Orleans. In fact, one could say it begins in City Park. This park is home to the world's largest collection of live oak trees, many being more than 600 years old. Being that it was founded in 1853, it is also one of the United States' oldest parks. There are a number of lovely bridges and roads to lead you around the ponds, through the oaks, and up to some of the many sculptures in the park. Take your lunch to go and enjoy it while you explore one of the most stunning urban public parks the country has to offer!
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Jackson Square is a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon. It's a National Historic Landmark, so it's easy on the eyes to say the least. The square itself was designed after the famous Place des Vosges in Paris, France. In the center you'll see the equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson, for whom the square is named, as well as the St. Louis Cathedral.