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  • Michelle Bucher | April 14, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    48 Hours in New Orleans

    48 Hours in New Orleans

    This is the perfect time of year for a southern road trip adventure to New Orleans. While many of the Northern states are still digging out of the winter snow, the nice warm weather of the south welcomes many road trippers year round.

    We recently road tripped to New Orleans for the first time, and what an amazing city. With only 48 hours to spend in The Big Easy, here’s what we got up to:

    Day 1: We spend most of the day exploring the French Market and downtown area. You could really spend several hours in the French Market, shopping, and taking in the local New Orleans culture. Near the end of the French Market is the famous Café Du Monde. One of my road trip friends is a huge coffee fan and insisted on getting some coffee from here, but it was a 3 hour lineup. You can tell how popular this place is with locals and tourists if the lineup is that long.

    Just at the end of the French Market is Jackson Square. We spent the afternoon looking through local art for sale on the street, watching street performers, and exploring the St. Louis Cathedral.

    One of the best things about the French Market area is that almost everything that a tourist wants to see is in this area. Just up the street from Jackson Square is Bourbon Street and the famous Marie Laveau House of Voodoo. We spent a bit of time walking down Bourbon Street, we stumbled into a local restaurant, and had the most amazing alligator sausage and jambalaya balls.

    Day 2: We spent the day exploring the above-ground tombs in the city`s St Louis Cemetery. We came to the cemetery partly because a friend’s family member was buried here and partly out of curiosity. After our cemetery walk, we headed back to Marie Laveau House of Voodoo, as one of my friends booked a tarot card reading. While she was in her reading, my other friend and I walked down Bourbon Street exploring the different shops along the way.

    In one of the stores, we came across an old cart full of Mardi Gras beads. The shop owner told us this cart is in the Mardi Gras parade every year. This made me really want to come back to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

    When in Rome … both days that we were in New Orleans we made sure to eat some sort of gator meat. I`ve had gator meat previously, and it`s delicious, but it`s not something that`s available back in Canada. I had an amazing alligator po boy for dinner before we left New Orleans.

    All in all, we had an amazing trip to New Orleans. I loved this town and can`t wait to head back one day soon.

    Have you been to New Orleans before? What’s your favorite thing to do in New Orleans?


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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