To Optimize Your Tourist Experience
Although you'll be looking to make sure you include things in your New Orleans trip to give you a native experience, that doesn't mean you should avoid the tourist-y things! New Orleans is a popular stop for tourists, and they do tourism extremely well. Here's some tips to optimize your experience as you navigate the tourism in the city.
Tip #10: Don't Go Sightseeing On Mondays
Almost everything is closed, as it's traditionally a day of rest and eating red beans with rice. Instead, use the day to take it easy and relax. Feel free to sleep in, enjoy the complimentary breakfast at your hotel, and head down to Bourbon Street to enjoy the live music and beat any Monday blues.
Tip #11: Don't Rent a Car Like most other big cities, traffic is bad and parking is nearly impossible to find. Instead, navigate the city on foot, bicycle, or via street car. Uber and Lyft cars are also readily available to take you to your next destination.
Tip #12: Don't Forget to TipMany people in New Orleans work for tips, so be generous if you can. This includes servers, bartenders, fortune tellers, tour guides, and musicians. Tipping is not only expected, but you're also likely to get better service if you tip.
If you look under 30, you're likely to be carded at a bar. It's also much easier to pay with cash at bars, opposed to running a tab on your credit card. However, make sure you're still wary of pickpockets if you're carrying cash!
Tip #13: Don't Forget Cash and Your ID