New Orleans Flights:

Flights to New Orleans

image of New OrleansHaving suffered so much damage and destruction from Hurricane Katrina, some visitors may be reluctant to come to the city, but New Orleans is still a very popular destination and the majority of the tourist attractions have now been re-opened. In fact, now is probably a very good time to visit as the city is perhaps a little quieter than it might otherwise have been.

A number of airlines offer flights from South Africa to New Orleans, some involving two stops and some just one. For a one stop flight from Johannesburg, try Delta or South African Airways, who fly via Atlanta and New York respectively. Alternatively choose a two stop flight with Virgin Atlantic, British Airways or American Airlines.

Delta, United Airlines, British Airways, SAA and BMI also offer flights departing from Cape Town, however, these all involve two stops en-route.

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The Tourist Attractions of New Orleans:

The most popular part of New Orleans has always been the French Quarter, and if you’re only visiting New Orleans for a day or two, this is where you will want to concentrate your time.

There are many attractive historic buildings in the French Quarter, as well as a good many bars, clubs and excellent restaurants. Bourbon Street is the main thoroughfare, and with countless drinking places this street really comes alive at night. So, if you’re not really into drinking holidays you probably want to enjoy Bourbon Street by day! However, if you’re looking for a great, local cuisine meal Bourbon Street is a very good place to try this.

Royal Street is a block away and quite different to Bourbon Street. Here you’ll find the more up-market part of New Orleans French Quarter, including art galleries and antique shops. Meanwhile, Chartres Street gives probably the best opportunity to see buildings from the Colonial period.

Jackson Square is near to the Mississippi River. This is the old town square and features Cabildo, the old colonial city hall which is now a museum. Here you’ll also find St Louis Cathedral which is the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.

Simply wondering around the French Quarter streets is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon and you’ll come across many museums, often within houses. When your feet get too tired you can hop on a famous New Orleans buggy ride, which is pulled by mules. This is a fun and often entertaining way to travel around as the drivers often recount various amusing stories!

Another fun mode of transport is by boat. Riverboat cruises are popular along the Mississippi, especially in the Natchez Riverboat which is a steamboat.

If you have time there are other parts of New Orleans you may like to see as well. The Central Business District is just up from the French Quarter. Though this isn’t as interesting as the historical French Quarter there are still some excellent restaurants here and a great many hotels. Tours of the Superdome are also popular and are available when there are no games being played.

In addition there’s the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in the CBD. This is said to be very good, and if you buy a combination ticket you can also get entry to the IMAX here as well as the Audubon Zoo which is located uptown and accessible via a shuttle.

When Should You Visit?:

New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate which remains mild all year round. Summers are hot and humid and have the highest rainfall. July and August are the hottest months with an average high of 33C (91F). October is the driest month and experiences a pleasant average high of 26.5C (80F), whilst the coolest month is January with a high of 16.5C (62F).

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