How to Make the Most of a Day in New Orleans

Things to do in New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the most vibrant and unique cities in America, and it's virtually impossible to see everything it has to offer in one day. However, if that's all the time you have, you can still see plenty of incredible attractions while you are visiting. With so much to do in so little time, you'll need to plan out an itinerary to make your day as efficient as possible. Here's how to make the most of a day in New Orleans.

Eat a Beignet
Start your day off by eating one of New Orlean's favorite dishes - the beignet. These deep-fried pastries are typically topped with sugar and taste like heaven. They're easy to find anywhere in the city, but Café Du Monde, in the French Quarter, is one of the most notable spots.

Tour a Cemetary or 'Haunted' House
New Orleans is also known for its supernatural history, and it has some of the most beautiful and compelling cemeteries in the entire country. To make the most of your time, opt for a tour that will take you from the French Quarter through to the hot spots, like Marie Laveau's house and grave. It's a straight shot on the Canal Street streetcar.

Shop The French Quarter
New Orleans is home to plenty of antique shops and local boutiques carrying things you can't find anywhere else, as well as beautiful art galleries. Magazine Street and Royal Street are both great places to shop for souvenirs, and they're home to charming architecture as well.

Eat, eat, and eat again
Splurge on some delicious food - it's hard to go wrong here! Look for a restaurant with a rich history, like Antoine's, or a modern take on Creole cuisine, like Bayona.

Listen to some live music
Finish your day off by enjoying some of New Orleans' famous jazz music. There are so many venues to choose from that it's difficult to go wrong - you might even hear some authentic jazz while you're out on the street walking around. Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street are two of the best places to see live music - and grab a drink while you're at it.