As you consider a road trip in the U.S., you may be thinking about the best destination to travel to in an RV rental. The U.S. is rich in beautiful locations and iconic cities, so how do you make a choice on just one destination?
If you only have time to see one iconic city while in the country, there is a city that has plenty to offer for first-time visitors. New Orleans isn’t your typical American city, or typical city anywhere, for that matter.
The French Quarter is a favorite area of New Orleans, where you can find great food, beautiful architecture, and always find something going on. You can go shopping, dancing, or simply explore the oldest section of the city. It’s bound to mesmerize and captivate you with it’s originality and unique culture.
If you’re still on the fence about whether you should visit New Orleans or not, read the following 5 reasons why you should and see if you don’t get convinced to visit this one-of-a-kind city:
1.The Unique Architecture
As an older city, you’ll be amazed by the architecture found in New Orleans. If you love visiting older buildings, you’ll have the opportunity to admire some of the most iconic historical buildings found in the U.S. From old Creole cottages to large mansions, there are plenty of old buildings to admire while in New Orleans. Some good ones to visit are St. Louis Cathedral, A Creole Plantation, The Cabildo, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum—just to name a few.
- The Festivals
New Orleans always has some kind of festival going on and one thing that you can expect from the festivals here is that they will be unique. Just think of the Mardi Gras. Sure, it’s one of the most well-known festivals in New Orleans, but it’s hard to find such a festival anywhere else. With a fun, carnival spirit, a parade that invites everyone to join in, and a few “scandalous” components, you are bound to remember the experience for years to come. Of course, there are other festivals to enjoy, many of them related to the music scene, so if you like music, this is a great destination.
- The Unique Cuisine
New Orleans has food that you can’t really find anywhere else; at least, not like how it’s prepared here. Just to give you an idea of the kind of cuisine found in New Orleans, here are some popular dishes:
- Shrimp gumbo
- Red Beans and Rice
If you’ve never tried the above dishes, you’re in for a real treat and the best place to try them is in New Orleans. We can’t list all the restaurants here, but New Orelans has some world-famous spots with gourmet dishes that will make your mouth water. If there is one thing you must do while in New Orleans, it is to try the delicious Creole and Cajun inspired dishes.
- The Nature
As you travel around in an RV rental, you may want to take the opportunity to visit nature destinations in Louisiana, near New Orleans. Take, for example, Lake Pontchartrain, a saltwater lake (well, actually an estuary) that is the second largest of it’s kind in the U.S. You can also go on a swamp tour near the city and be graced by the presence of egrets, turtles, and, yes, even alligators. Louisiana has a unique landscape and scenery that isn’t found just anywhere in the U.S. If you’re looking for a unique destination, you can be sure that this area will not disappoint.
- The Live Music
New Orleans is great for all kinds of music genres, but if you love jazz, then you are especially in luck. As one of the best destinations in the U.S. for jazz music, you must be sure to take some time to catch a show at one of the many jazz venues in the city. To get you started, you will want to visit places like Candlelight Lounge, The Spotted Cat Music Club, and The Circle Bar. Also, research dates for the many jazz festivals that tend to take place regularly in New Orleans.
New Orleans is bound to be the most unique place that you ever visit. With a rich culture that is unlike most cities in the U.S. and plenty of history to learn about, New Orleans is truly one of the most interesting destinations that you could choose for a visit to the city.
Whether you want to stay in an RV rental at a campsite for budget traveling or you prefer to enjoy a stay at one of the hotels in the French Quarter, you’re going to have a great time. New Orleans is a lively city that will leave it’s mark on you!