Where In­side: New Or­leans Your Way


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Cu­rated Cres­cent City itin­er­ar­ies for out­doors en­thu­si­asts, LGBTQ trav­el­ers and mu­sic lovers.

Out­doors Lover

As one the na­tion’s most bike-friendly cities, New Or­leans has seen a boom in two-wheel ven­dors. (1) Cres­cent City Bike Tours is among the most pop­u­lar, of­fer­ing guided rides as well as pri­vate rentals. Set off on your own along the river­front Cres­cent Park. Sur­rey with the fringe on top more your speed? (2) Wheel Fun pro­vides sin­gle and dou­ble sur­reys for ex­plor­ing City Park. Cruiser bikes are also avail­able, along with kayak, pedal boat and ca­noe rentals. Or ex­plore the Tammany Trace, which spans 26 miles through five Northshore com­mu­ni­ties just across Lake Pontchar­train. The Northshore is also home to (3) Ca­noe & Trail Ad­ven­tures, which launches daily eco-con­scious ex­pe­di­tions that work both your brain and your body.

LGBTQ Trav­el­ers

Duck into (1) Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, which pro­vided safe haven for the leg­endary pi­rate and for “bo­hemian types," such as Ten­nessee Wil­liams and Noel Coward, from the 1940s un­til 1953, when the pro­pri­etors lost their lease. Then check out Café Laf­fite in Ex­ile—one of the na­tion’s old­est gay bars—just a block away. Or take a spin at the re­volv­ing (2) Carousel Bar in the Ho­tel Mon­teleone, where Tru­man Capote claimed to have been born and Lib­er­ace was first to tickle the ivories. When the clubs clear out, the party con­tin­ues at (3) Clover Grill. Open 24/7, the rau­cous diner is beloved for its burg­ers cooked un­der hub­caps, all-day break­fasts, acer­bic wait­ers and late-night floor shows star­ring ec­cen­tric Bourbon Street char­ac­ters.

Mu­sic Fan

From Jelly Roll Mor­ton to Troy “Trom­bone Shorty” An­drews, New Or­leans has a long and rich mu­si­cal her­itage. Home to the Ma­halia Jack­son The­ater, (1) Arm­strong Park is also home to Congo Square, where jazz is said to have first ger­mi­nated—hence the stat­ues of Louis Arm­strong, Buddy Bolden and other mu­si­cal gi­ants that pep­per the park. A lit­tle live mu­sic with your eggs Bene­dict? The con­cept of the week­end jazz brunch orig­i­nated at (2) Com­man­der’s Palace, where it’s been per­fected to an ed­i­ble art form. With few seats, no air con­di­tion­ing and no booze, you wouldn’t think folks would be lin­ing up to get in (3) Preser­va­tion Hall. But the mu­sic is worth the wait; tra­di­tional New Or­leans jazz at its very best.

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