Oysters, Beignets and Jazz…A day spent in New Orleans

Local musician Tony Street playing with the Sidwalk Swing band

Some great US travel destinations may not be on the I-95 corridor but can be reached fairly easily via a single connecting freeway off of I-95. For instance, if you drive down I-95 from all points North to Jacksonville, FL, you are only about 7 1/2 hours from New Orleans via I-10 west. New Orleans is a city every American needs to visit at least once. I recently spent a day in New Orleans on a trip to the south (Anytime I am anywhere close to New Orleans, I stop by there).

Cafe Du Monde | Garden District

What makes New Orleans unique is the food, the music and the culture.  “The Big Easy” or “Nola” as it is often referred to is a place that literally has something for everyone. You can get some char grilled oysters from Acme Oyster House on Iberville St. in the French Quarter or stroll to the Garden District for fresh Beignets.  After eating and getting full, you can walk off those calories visiting the shops on Royal Street or the bars and restaurants on Bourbon street (Iberville actually connects the two).

Oysters on the grill | Acme Oyster House | Iberville St.

Royal street is also home to several street bands that are actually so good its like listening to an album. As you walk down the middle of the street the free music (please tip the musicians!) is better than anything you would hear at a paid jazz concert.

Eight One Eight Contemporary Art Gallery | French Quarter

New Orleans has so many areas for you to explore from the boardwalk on the water front to taking a trolley ride around the city or a river cruise down the Mississippi. The atmosphere of this city is something you have to experience to understand.

W Hotel New Orleans | Chartres St.

New Orleans Trolley | Canal St.

Boardwalk | New Orleans Riverwalk