New Orleans, often called “The Big Easy” and is home to the French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras!
One of the top ten most visited cities in the United States, New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and a music lover’s paradise. This unique and vibrant city is one of few where you can experience the sounds of a street performer offering everything from zydeco to gospel to classical. Tap your toes when grooving to jazz at Preservation Hall; enjoy outstanding cuisine featuring gumbo, crayfish and fabulous pastries; take a paddleboat tour on the Mississippi River…you’ll never be bored on this exciting tour!
French Quarter Walking Tour
These 80 city blocks are full of historical homes and buildings, most with interiors open for public tours. There are mansions, blacksmith shops, museums, the old U.S. Mint, the European-styled French Market and so much more, all for you to explore and enjoy.
Home to numerous casinos complete with Las Vegas styled shows and award winning restaurants as well as the Biloxi Lighthouse, a great train tour, the Gulf Coast Gator Ranch and numerous historic sites including Beauvoir, the home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
Located right outside Mobile, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is 65 acres of blooming magic! Camellias in the winter, azaleas in the spring, roses in the summer and chrysanthemums in the fall. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour that includes the Asian-American Garden and the Butterfly Garden. Then tour the 10,500 square foot Bellingrath Home and marvel at the original furnishings and world class art. You can also enjoy a 45 minute cruise along the Fowl River and hear about everything from civil war history to birding habits.
Located at the head of Mobile Bay, Mobile is home to numerous museums, art galleries, gardens and historical architecture. Don’t miss the Millie McConnell Rhododendron Garden located inside the 100 acre Mobile Botanical Garden. Enjoy the Battleship Memorial Park and tour the WWII battleship: the USS Alabama, and the WWII submarine: USS Drum, along with Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. Check out the History Museum of Mobile with over 300 years of Mobile history.
Dixieland Jazz Cruise
You’ll experience authentic Dixieland Jazz along with an award-winning New Orleans style buffet while cruising on an old styled Mississippi Riverboat.
Dinner at Bubba Gumps
This family friendly restaurant located in the French Quarter offers outstanding seafood with shrimp being their specialty. More of a landlubber? Don’t worry…the ribs are amazing!
Café Au Lait and Beignets at Café du Monde
No trip to New Orleans is complete until you have coffee and beignets at Café du Monde. In business since 1862, Café du Monde is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is only closed on Christmas Day.
Lunch at the Court of Two Sisters
Voted best Breakfast/Brunch by Southern Living Magazine, you’ll experience mouth-watering New Orleans fare including po-boys, gumbo and jambalaya while grooving to a strolling trio playing all your jazz favorites.
Hurricane Katrina Sightseeing Tour
Unfortunately the damage from Hurricane Katrina can still be seen all over the city. On this tour you’ll see the flood-ravaged 9th Ward along with the Superdome and the Convention Center. The tour is narrated and includes in-depth explanations of how the levee system worked and why it failed.