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