It feels like summer is flying by. While you may have spent these months baking bread or becoming a master mixologist at home, a part of you was always aching for the road trips of your childhood, watching the scenery rush by and eating all the ice cream you wanted. Well, there’s still time to load up the car for an adventure close to home, hitting the open road with the ones you love the most.
Perched on the banks of the Mississippi River, between lovely Lake Pontchartrain and the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, and surrounded by Bayous, swampland, forests and historical sites, New Orleans is an ideal starting point or destination for the great American road trip. Where else can you start the day sunning yourself on a coastal beach, then speed through a swamp gawking at gators, only to end the evening watching legendary jazz, depending on which way you go? And with complimentary self-parking (with our special offer), a location within easy walking distance of the French Quarter (so no more driving to the Big Easy’s best attractions), The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery is the ideal home base for your New Orleans adventures.
Read on for our favorite sites to check out on your end-of-summer road trip.
There are, of course, millions of things to do in the Big Easy; you could easily spend weeks simply wandering our colorful, art-filled streets, listening to the jazz that wafts out of windows and sampling all the wonderfully eclectic local cuisine. But we understand you probably have a home to get back to, so we narrowed it down to our 77 favorite activities, and created an easy-to-navigate guide, organized by neighborhood.
From backyard wine bars and Tuesday night brass bands to cemetery strolls and alligator–sausage cheesecake, discover The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery’s local guide to doing New Orleans right.
Famous for its jazz, cuisine, and Mardi Gras, it’s not often that the topic of slavery comes up when planning a vacation to New Orleans. This trip, however, I wanted to learn more about the history of the people in this area, and to see for myself how enslaved people once lived. New Orleans locals recommended that to best tell the story, I needed to go to the Whitney Plantation.
While it feels like summer is flying by, there’s still time to load up the car and hit the road for one last free-wheeling adventure. Book a two night stay and receive 50% off your second night.
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Our lagniappe to you, free overnight parking with your stay.
Make a break for the Bayou with a flat-bottom boat tour led by eco-experts at Beyond the Bayou.
Part Jazz and New Orleans magic, part eco-exploration and Cajun Culture deep dive with our partner, Beyond the Bayou. Spend two nights in the Crescent City and one in the Bayou of Lafayette.
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