Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” New Orleans? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in New Orleans?”
A confluence of French, Spanish, African and American influences, New Orleans is a unique mix of glorious goodness — just like its gumbo. The “Big Easy” is an American gem of a city that serves up a little something for everyone, with everything from a vibrant music scene to spicy Creole cuisine to raucous Mardi Gras celebrations. In recent years, it’s seen more than its fair share of hard times, including destruction in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, though the city continues to possess a resilient spirit and a one-of-a-kind culture, complete with those iconic cast-iron balconies. It’s a must-visit spot, folks. Here are the best things to do in New Orleans right now.