Bourbon Street, New Orleans
The Place: When it comes to visiting the Big Easy, Bourbon Street is definitely the place to see and experience the French Quarter in full swing. Not only is it home to hundreds of the city’s bars, it also has some of the city’s best restaurants, architecture, and people watching.
Beat the Crowds: The best way to experience Bourbon Street but avoid the crowds is from above. Score a coveted balcony room at the venerable Royal Sonesta Hotel and witness the masses in full swing during Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, which are two of the city’s most popular weekends to visit. June through August is considered the off-season, when both the heat index and humidity are at an all-time high. If you can stand the heat, summertime has no shortage of things to do, as many of the local music festivals and events are in full swing.