My experience traveling New Orleans

Where is the time going?!!

It’s already been a month since Trevor and I returned home from our vacation in Clearwater Beach, and I haven’t yet shared with you our pit stop along the way in New Orleans!  Although our main destination was Florida, we took the long way so we could stay two nights in New Orleans. Although Trev had been to New Orleans before, I haven’t, and we needed to get Louisiana for part of our 50 State Sign Challenge. (Look for an update soon on the new states we hit! We are only one road trip away from hitting the rest!!)

I’m excited to share with you all my experience in NOLA!

Day 1

My experience traveling New Orleans

On our way to New Orleans, Trevor and I first did some fun outdoors-y stuff in Louisiana. The first thing we did was go on a swamp tour, where we saw wild boar, alligators, and all sorts of neat stuff. It was a super cool experience, except for the fact that it was very unseasonably cold for the south….and I wasn’t prepared. Nonetheless, it was still awesome to see a gator. I’ve never seen an actual swamp before so I appreciated exploring the different ecosystem.

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Onward to New Orleans

After the tour, we drove to NOLA and stayed two nights downtown. What can I see about New Orleans? First of all, it is crayyy. Guys, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a more insane city in my life. But I LOVED IT!!! The food. The culture. The noise. The lights. Let me just say this- if you are ever looking for a relaxing, low-key stay in New Orleans, it ain’t gonna happen.

Bourbon Street

My experience traveling New Orleans

Although I haven’t yet been to Vegas, Bourbon Street reminded me a bit of the term “Sin City.” When we stopped to get lunch, we were at first very confused when the waitress asked if we wanted a beer to go. Like what?! Even our own alcoholic state (Wisconsin) doesn’t let you carry around open containers! Drinking seemed to be the theme of this city. Bourbon Street didn’t just get its name for nothing!

Something that I’ve been really trying to embrace while traveling is trying more authentic food of the region. I’m actually a pretty picky eater and would prefer to stay safe with my usual comfort foods. However, I told myself that while I was down here, I would try some gator. Fulfilling my promise to myself, we both tried a gator burger on the first night.

My reaction: The first bite tasted like chicken. The second bite tasted like raw burger.

There was no third bite.

My experience traveling New Orleans

As we walked down Bourbon Street, I couldn’t help but notice that nearly every three buildings contained a strip club. In fact, one very outgoing dancer waltzed up to Trevor and spanked him as we were walking past her club. No comment about that.

I think my favorite thing about Bourbon Street was the live music. It was in every corner, and I loved soaking in the historic culture and artistry of Bourbon Street. We were tempted to stay out all night partying, but we had a plantation tour scheduled for early the next morning. We were good little children.

Day 2

The next morning, we woke up early and headed an hour outside of NOLA for the Laura plantation and Oak Alley plantation tours.  I’ve mentioned to you guys before that Trevor and I are history buffs, so we love doing tours like this! It was very interested to learn about how life was for these wealthy southern families back in the late 1800’s.

Laura Plantation

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This was a slave cabin on the property.

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Oak Alley Plantation 

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Okay seriously- the Oaks that lined up the plantation were stunningly beautiful.

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After the tour, we walked around NOLA. I think this was the best night staying in New Orleans. We weren’t on Bourbon Street tonight but walked around other parts of the city. We had some drinks and watched some live street dancers put on a show. It was super cool, and made me sad that I can’t do this kind of thing back home. (Small town girl). But that’s the beauty of traveling, right??


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This was just a pretty church that I captured behind a beautiful sun set.

One of the last things we did was head to the French Market area to order a beignet at the Cafe Du Monde as part of a recommendation from my blogging pal Taylor for Dear Friends Blog, who is a Louisiana native. Thanks for the recommendation, Tay! The beignet was like heaven in my mouth. Donuts are personally one of my main food groups so this was absolute perfection- and a great way to soak up some of the alcohol!

My experience traveling New Orleans

Overall, we had a blast in New Orleans. I’m so happy to have crossed this city off my Bucket list! Look for my post about the state signs we got along the way! :)

Xoxo,

Like this post? Check out my other travel diary entries!
Florida Fun in the Sun
50 State Sign Challenge
50 State Sign Challenge Part 2

  • I agree that New Orleans is one of the most unique places in the US – unlike any other city I’ve been to! I loved it too though. Gorgeous photos as well. :)

    • Thank you Emma, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I think my favorite part of this post and your trip would be the plantations – wow, I would love to see those in person! How beautiful. I also loved your description of the gator burger, and if I’m ever afforded the opportunity to try one, I think I’ll pass :) So I love the plantation/beignet/swamp portion of New Orleans, but I think it would be a little much for me. I don’t drink and like things a little more low key, but younger Lindsay would have loved and embraced all parts of it! I love how you always get pictures in front of the state signs : )

    • Thanks for reading, love! It was a blast but I think we would have enjoyed it more if we didn’t have such a long road trip the next few days ahead of us. We didn’t want to stay out partying all night long. And the strippers got to me. I’m not all about the sin life. haha.

      • Oh and you would have definitely loved the plantations! It was so awesome.

  • Shop At Blu

    We’ve lived in Alabama for 14 years now and never been to NOLA! Thanks for the vivid reminder of what we are missing!!! Those vibrant colored homes and the food! Oh MY!

    • The food was soon good! Thanks for the read!

  • Candy Kage

    I have never been to New Orleans, looks like a fun and lovely place to visit

    • Just don’t go if you are looking for a relaxing vacation! lol

  • I love the photos you got of the plantation — those trees are stunning! And I’m pretty much drooling over the beignets. I’ve been wanting to visit NOLA just because I’ve heard the food is so good! (Minus the gator, of course! ☺️)

    • The trees were my favorite part of the plantation tour! They were stunning! And oh my goodness you would LOVE the beignets!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    Bourbon street is definitely like it’s own little Vegas! Looks like you had a great time. I wish I did and saw as much as you did when I went to New Orleans!

    • Thanks for stopping by, girl! I’ll let you come up with you own opinion about the gator!

  • Anna

    Nola is on my list of places to go for my hubby and I without the child. Thank you for sharing! The tours you did sound like so much fun!!

    • Yes…I don’t think you should bring a child to Bourbon Street! lol

  • Shannon Paige

    I absolutely loved New Orleans- I had a similar experience with the strip clubs though lol- it a man that was trying to coax my bf to go in there as we walked past, I am pretty sure I told him he doesn’t need any more boobies but thanks and waltzed past angrily. Lol. We went to this wonderful jazz club that I loved and the shopping was fantastic, as well as the food, of course :) That plantation reminds me a lot of Boone hall plantation in savannah georgia- we went there too and the plantation was my absolute favorite part of the trip and something i will never forget. This makes me want to travel again! *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com

    • Aw so fun!!! I’ll have to look up Boone Hall. Thank you so much for reading, Shannon! :) Happy Friday!

  • mQs

    Looks like such a fun trip!

    XOXO
    mQs
    http://www.shorelifeofm.blogspot.com

  • I love your writing style! This trip sounds so fun. When my boyfriend & I went to NOLA it was on a road trip because he was stationed in the military not too far away – neither of us were 21 yet, so you can imagine our experience was not the typical one! haha It was really cool to see all of the history though!! While I did love the experience, I could not get over the smell, Bourbon street had a terrible stench to me – isn’t that lovely that that is one of my outstanding memories?! haha great post!

    • Aw thank you so much for saying that, Mattie! That exact thing happened to my fiancé and I when we visited Nashville! We were stupid and went 3 months before I turned 21 instead of deciding to wait until I actually was legal to drink!! haha.

  • We got lost in New Orleans once, but I’ve never actually spent any time there. I’m not a huge fan of crowds, but your photos totally make me want to go.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Tara!

  • In Good Taste

    I love New Orleans! Such a fun city

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed your time here!!!! It looks like y’all had a BLAST!! Next time, we have to meet up!!!

  • Hahahahaah “There was no third bite.” I laughed out loud… These pictures are beautiful and I’m so glad you had a great time! Even if you don’t like some of the food, at least you can say you tried! (:

    • Exactly. I faced my fear!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    We loved New Orleans when we went- we didn’t really like Bourbon street all that much, but it was a part of the experience for sure. The rest of it was oh so pretty. Great photos! Way to knock out another state :)

    • Thanks girl! Yes, you have to be in the right kind of mood for Bourbon Steet!

  • Kerona Ledgister

    Very great post this makes me want to visit new orleans when i can, its great that you enjoyed your self there

    • Thanks for reading, girl!

  • Michelle Mink

    New Orleans is a place that I have been wanting to visit for a long time. Your pictures are great and make me anxious to go!

  • I lived in Texas for 25 years and have never enjoyed all that NOLA has to offer! I’m jealous! Not sure I am brave enough to try that gator burger though!

    • Yes…it was quite the experience!

  • Love Nola! I always have a great time when I’m there, there’s so much to do and see!

    • One can never be bored in NOLA!

  • Mimi Rose

    This sounds like such a fun trip!! I’m planning on visiting NOLA for the first time for my birthday in May and I can’t wait. Definitely adding a plantation tour to the itinerary, they look so beautiful and I’m a huge history buff too.

    • You would LOVE the plantations if you’re a history buff!! :)

  • I am from New Orleans and there is no other place like it! Bourbon Street is a lot to take in if you’re not from the area. I’m glad you had a good time! Cafe Du Monde is amazing. I’m glad you had a great time while visiting my home town.

    • I looooooved Cafe Du Monde!! I wonder if you ever get sick of the craziness if you’re from there?!

  • Nicole Leith

    I’m so excited to visit New Orleans one day very soon! Thanks for sharing your trip. It looks so fun.

    • Thanks for following along!

  • Perfect decision to make a pit stop in NOLA during your trip! And props to you for being brave enough to try alligator! I was born and raised there and didn’t even work up the courage to try it until about two years ago! Contrary to what some may believe, most locals don’t eat it regularly! It’s really more of a touristy food item than anything!

    • Oh really?! So interesting to know!!

  • Leah Hall

    This is so on my list someday! Thanks for the great tips! Looks like you had fun!

    • Thanks for following along!

  • You’re braver than I would be to try a gator burger! I would have been very interested to visit the plantation…

    • It was kind of gross….haha.

  • This is still on my bucket list. Your pics make me want to go soon!!

    • Glad you enjoyed! I’m sure you would love it :)

  • Christy Fleener

    Gorgeous photos! That Plantation looks really neat! I went to New Orleans on a Mission trip with my parents church the summer after Katrina hit. We helped with some houses that needed work done. It was a great experience. I would like to go back there sometime soon and see what it looks like now. When I was there it was still very damaged. I remember that the food was great especially the French Doughnuts!

    • WOW!!!! How awesome is that. I would have loved to see what NOLA looks like now compared to then. What a tragedy!

  • It looks so fun! great pictures! I haven’t been there yet but hope to go someday!

  • New Orleans sounds great. I’d love to visit that amazing Oak Alley Plantation some day! :)

    • You would love the culture and history!

  • I used to live in Slidell which is about 30 minutes from NOLA and miss the culture so so much. It’s such a wonderful city and I can’t wait to go back as a legal adult.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • That’s so awesome. Thanks for reading, Jenny!

  • I am so terrible about traveling the states… But, I need those beignets :) guess I need to start roadtrippin’

    • Yes, the beignets were oh so yummy!!

  • Bree Hogan

    New Orleans is on my travel bucket list. It sounds like you had a great trip!

    • Yes, you NEED to go there, Bree!!

  • I celebrated my 21st in NOLA last month and it was amazing. I had to make a second trip to Cafe du Monde for some beignets..so worth it!

    • What an amazing place to celebrate your 21st!

  • Neely

    I’ve never been but its on my list :) looks so fun!

    • You need to cross it off your bucket list!!

  • I NEED TO GO ASAP! I was just telling my Grandma about how I saw your trip and that I am dying to go!

    • Aw you talked about my trip to your grandma?! How awesome are you!!! lol

  • Love love love this post! New Orleans is one of my favorite cities, I have family there, and I love when other people enjoy it. Looks like you had a really great time and got to see a lot of the awesome things going on there.

    • Thanks for following along! I would love to go back <3

  • I wrote a whole comment and then my phone deleted it. Boo!
    The Oaks is used for some of the filling shots in Hart of Dixie I believe. I would love to make it to NOLA one day but like a lot of other places it’s on the list of places to go.

    • Aw! Right. I have an infinite list of places I can’t wait to go to.

      • Yep it’s definitely infinite! As soon as I cross one off I seem to gain another five!