Private Jet to New Orleans
About New Orleans
This city in Louisiana rests right on the Mississippi River and is best known for its round-the-clock nightlife, annual festivals (most notably Mardi Gras), Creole cuisine, vibrant music scene, and melting pot of unique culture. A city like no other, New Orleans will welcome you with warm-to-hot weather in the spring, summer, and fall, while winter is often balmy, with a cold snap here and there. Every season brings plenty of rain, so keep an umbrella on hand. Parking is a challenge in the city, so plan to hire a car or take advantage of pedicabs, streetcars, or rideshare services. Start your trip to New Orleans on a private jet with Latitude 33 Aviation.
What to Do in New Orleans
Events and Festivals
There is always a party on Bourbon Street in the scenic and historic French Quarter. During Mardi Gras, which begins as a season in January and runs until Fat Tuesday, the area is in high-gear. All year long, you will find renowned jazz clubs, street performers, unparalleled nightlife, and some of the finest dining spots in the city within this storied neighborhood. Famous spots to enjoy live music include One Eyed Jacks and Preservation Hall.
Offered on the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May, the premier festival known as Jazz Fest is a great reason to visit New Orleans, all on its own. Taking place at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, this beloved annual event features both music and food, arguably the two best parts of any culture! A sold-out event each year, Jazz Fest books in all-star entertainers and dozens of food booths, selling local seafood, regional specialties, and delectable desserts. Other large annual festivals include the Voodoo Music and Art Experience, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, and Emeril Lagasse’s fundraiser, Boudin, Bourbon and Beer.
Because New Orleans is almost completely flat, it is perfect for a relaxed bicycle ride or walking tour. The Garden District tours should not be missed! Offered as group or private tours, the walking tours will take you throughout the many historic mansions and above ground cemeteries that the Big Easy is known for. Opting for a horse-drawn carriage tour is a fantastic way to see a bit more in a day and maybe scout out the city for tomorrow’s destinations. Day cruises on the Mississippi River or through the swamp and bayou offer a unique way to see new sights and experience the regions wildlife.
For a tour around landmarks and historic sights, plan to visit Jackson Square where you’ll surely encounter charming street performers and artists, Frenchmen Street where the music never stops, and the St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleanians have worshipped on this spot since 1727). The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is the top-rated tourist destination in the city and houses a compelling blend of immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories. Seeking a spookier historical tour? Stay out late for a nighttime Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour to learn about the legends that made New Orleans famous.
Elegant Uptown/Garden District offers distinctly luxurious shopping in plenty of high-end boutiques, whether you are in the mood to shop for clothing, home goods, or new art for your collection. The Garden District area used to be several plantations, and so longstanding oak trees line the streets of historic homes, while fragrant blooms fill the air with memories of the region’s antebellum past. Located within historic Uptown is also the Audubon Nature Institute, where you can visit the Zoo, Nature Center, Aquarium, and Insectarium (famous for butterflies).
Food and Dining
A trip to New Orleans could be planned around the food offerings, alone. With its own famous Creole food culture, the flavors from Spanish, French, Caribbean, and African influences shine through, while featuring fresh Louisiana ingredients and hospitality. Highly-awarded, historic restaurants draw crowds all year-round, such as the Café du Monde for their offering of fresh coffee and beignets 24/7 in the French Quarter; or the six-time James Beard award-winning Commander’s Palace with their trademark New Orleans dining in the Garden District. Opened in 1918, Arnaud’s specializes in classic Creole cuisine with a jacket-encouraged dress code for the main dining room and a more relaxed Jazz Bistro next door. After enjoying a historic meal, stop into their Mardi Gras Museum to view over two dozen lavish costumes and other fascinating artifacts. Newer hot spots like Justine, owned and operated by James Beard award-winning chef Justin Devillier and his wife Mia, offer decadent brasserie menu items such as bone marrow bordelaise and foie gras torchon. For a taste of the south, visit Toups South, located in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Chef Isaac Toups of Top Chefrenown serves dishes from all over the south, and has a special four-course, off menu brunch every second Sunday. And for fresh-as-can-be seafood, you can’t miss Peche, in the Warehouse District, where you will find an oyster bar and the day’s fresh catch being roasted over a live fire.
It is fabled that the cocktail was first created in New Orleans, and there are today many places to enjoy a finely mixed drink in the Crescent City. The Sazerac Bar, located in the lobby of the Roosevelt hotel, is swanky and full of notable historical wonders, which help make this a standout bar. The Victorian Lounge at Columns Hotel is a converted 19th-century mansion, with a veranda overlooking picturesque St. Charles Avenue. Enjoy al fresco cocktails or steal inside for a drink where the carved mahogany walls and gilded bronze chandelier await. If you’re more into visiting dive bars and experiencing local flavor, Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge in Uptown cannot be missed. Named by Anthony Bourdain as one of the country’s best dive bars, this small, late-night neighborhood bar fills nightly with all types.
Le Méridien boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown and offers upscale amenities amidst a seamless blend of European heritage and modern style. A high-rise hotel with a rooftop pool and highly-rated restaurants, Le Méridien is set apart as a distinctly luxurious place to stay while visiting New Orleans. This location will be a bit quieter for your rejuvenating needs, but still keeps you steps away from the legendary Arts District and French Quarter.
The Ritz-Carlton is truly the city’s premier luxury hotel, welcoming visitors with genuine Southern hospitality and flair. Situated at the edge of the French Quarter, The Ritz-Carlton is convenient to the art galleries, antique stores, and restaurants you plan to visit, while also established as a destination in itself. After enjoying the award-winning 25,000 square foot spa, you will feel revitalized and ready to tour the city.
Hotel Monteleone, positioned at the head of Royal Street and a block away from Bourbon Street, stands as the beginning of the historic French Quarter and is a historical landmark in its own right. Built in 1886, this striking hotel has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and it earnestly maintains its award-winning offerings through the warmth and distinction of being family-owned and operated for four generations. Discerning travelers will appreciate the elegantly appointed rooms and suites, the world-class dining, and a visit to the famous Carousel Piano Bar – a slowly revolving cocktail bar that was a favorite haunt of American authors such as Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Ernest Hemingway.
A charming alternative to staying in a larger hotel, New Orleans Bed & Breakfast Inns offer comfort and convenient access to some of the city’s best neighborhood sights. The city licenses professional B&B hosts, so you can be sure your stay will meet your expectations. To find a B&B that fits your needs in New Orleans, visit the Professional Innkeepers Association.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (KMSY) – Approximately 11 miles west of downtown, this is the main airport for the region and conveniently located.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW) – This is a public use airport located right on the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, about 20 minutes northeast from the heart of New Orleans.
New Orleans is truly a city that stands apart with its distinct arts and culture, food and festivals. The charm and romance of this centuries-old city will surely make it a destination you will want to visit again and again. Latitude 33 Aviation’s highly experienced concierge staff is available 24/7 to start planning accommodations for your next private jet experience to New Orleans.
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