Where In­side: New Or­leans Your Way


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Cu­rated Cres­cent City itin­er­ar­ies for out­door en­thu­si­asts, his­tory buffs and su­per­nat­u­ral seek­ers.

Out­doors Lover

Work in a his­tory les­son on your morn­ing run with a (1) New Or­leans Jog­ging Tour, which starts in the French Quar­ter then winds through the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict and Gar­den Dis­trict. From boat­ing, bik­ing and fish­ing to ten­nis, horse­back rid­ing and disc golf, pic­turesque (2) City Park of­fers easy es­cape for out­door en­thu­si­asts. Bird-watch­ers will grav­i­tate to the 60-acre Cou­turie For­est, while fit­ness junkies will find their fix in the hy­draulic ex­er­cise equip­ment around the Big Lake. (3) Airboat Ad­ven­tures pro­vides up­close en­coun­ters with al­li­ga­tors, egrets and other beasts of the South­ern wild. Opt for a small-boat, early morn­ing out­ing, when the swamp is most pic­turesque and the wildlife is hun­gry for com­pany.

His­tory Buff

Track the trail of pow­dered sugar down De­catur Street, and you'll find folks queued up out­side (1) Café du Monde, as they have since 1862. Don't be de­terred by the long lines; the trade­mark café au lait and beignets are worth the wait. The Sazerac, named “the Of­fi­cial Cock­tail of New Or­leans” by the Louisiana leg­is­la­ture in 2007, was first poured here in 1838. It has since be­come syn­ony­mous with the Roo­sevelt Ho­tel, home to the famed (2) Sazerac Bar since the 1930s. Hot New Or­leans nights call for cool jazz, and it doesn't get much cooler than (3) Preser­va­tion Hall, which has been pre­serv­ing the city's time-hon­ored jazz cus­toms since 1961. Don't want to sit on the floor? Call ahead for “Big Shot” seats.

Haunt Hunter

In New Or­leans, ghost and ceme­tery tours aren't of­fered only dur­ing Oc­to­ber but year-round. There are dozens of "cities of the dead" to ex­plore; if you can visit only one, make it St. Louis No. 1 and make it with the non­profit tour group (1) Save Our Ceme­ter­ies, which helps fund tomb restora­tion and preser­va­tion. Founded by two war­locks, (2) Hex: Old World Witchery has out­posts both here and in Salem. Get a real-deal read­ing and leave a note to the dearly de­parted on the Witches' Al­tar of the Dead. “Amer­ica's most haunted city” is home to dozens of ghost ex­cur­sions, with (3) Haunted His­tory Tours among the most pop­u­lar. Day­time out­ings are of­fered, but after-dark walks on the city's su­per­nat­u­ral side are all the eerier.

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