French Quarter Sightseeing Featured Stories

Decatur Street: Block-by-Block

Decatur Street photo by Trevor Mark Decatur Street runs parallel to the Mississippi River, starting on Canal and ending at St. Ferdinand Street in the Marigny. Decatur was previously known as Rue de la Levee (“Levee Street”) but was renamed in 1870 after Stephen Decatur, the American...

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Exploring the French Quarter with Kids

Photo courtesy of French QuarTour Kids on Facebook While "child-friendly" or "family-friendly" may not automatically come to mind when, say, Bourbon Street is mentioned, New Orleans is packed with things you can do as a family, for kids of all ages. Here are our favorite family-friendly...

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By: Jyl Benson In 1947 Tennessee Williams penned “A Streetcar Named Desire,” effectively immortalizing the public transit line that, from the 1920s, served the rollicking French Quarter as well as the working class Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, located downriver. Sadly, the last car...

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Meet the Mississippi: Exploring the New Orleans Riverfront

The Mississippi River looms large in the American identity, from the history and literature taught in schools to the nation’s modern economy. In New Orleans, you can easily experience the river in all its bustling activity, natural splendor and historical significance via the...

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The Dark Side of the Quarter

By: Jyl Benson Throughout the course of its history the French Quarter has all but sounded a siren’s call to extreme personalities. Depending upon what drives them they may lob off the heads of chickens and invoke mysterious spirits while chanting and dancing around a burning fire, as did...

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Famous Streets of the French Quarter: North Rampart Street

Rampart-St. Claude Streetcar by Cheryl Gerber For people who like living on the edge—of the French Quarter, that is—North Rampart Street is where it’s at. This street serves as the northernmost boundary of the French Quarter, dividing it from Treme. You’ll find less foot traffic on...

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Photo by Antrell Williams on flickr By some counts there are as many as 73 neighborhoods in New Orleans. They are divided by the lakes, bayous, and the Mississippi River; by the railroad and streetcar tracks; and, sometimes, by the arbitrary geographical boundaries. The city is a culturally...

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Burgundy Street Tiles by Cheryl Gerber The French Quarter is many things: a historic site, a shopping and entertainment district, a premiere food and drink destination and, to many tourists, an adult Disneyland. But for roughly 3,888 New Orleanians, according to the 2010 Census, the French...

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A dauphine is the wife of French king’s oldest son—and just as its name suggests, a stroll down Dauphine Street will make you feel like royalty. That’s thanks in part to the standout restaurants that line the elegant (and, yes, regal) corridor. But Dauphine Street is also host to attractions...

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Famous Streets of the French Quarter: Chartres Street

Photo by Trevor Mark When it comes to Chartres Street, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. That guideline pertains to both the street’s name (no need to pull out your French pronunciation guide—it’s simply pronounced CHART-ers) and your approach to exploration. Chartres Street is...

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