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