You know that feeling you get when you have eaten a delicious meal, and the friendly conversation has given way to the sounds of saxophones as you take in a live jazz performance? That, dear traveler, is called total contentment, and it is just what you will find on a getaway to New Orleans. After all, this is a city that is renowned for both its culinary and musical roots, which are arguably the foundation of all things enjoyable in life. Thanks to Travelocity’s New Orleans plane tickets, you'll never miss a beat. Whether you are visiting for a jazz festival or simply to eat until you drop, New Orleans is buzzing all year-round.
Transportation from MSY
Flights to New Orleans touch down at Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY), about 15 miles west of the city center. There are some excellent airport hotels near MSY with good transport links to the main attractions. The official Airport Shuttle bus is the ideal way to get to your hotel. You can buy shuttle tickets or book a limousine or cab in the arrivals area of the airport. Going a little further? Rent a car to explore more of New Orleans and Louisiana. Got your eye on the convertible? We have the cheapest flights to New Orleans, so you just might save enough cash to splurge. Once you are downtown, the famous New Orleans streetcars travel to many attractions. Take a ride along Bourbon Street to a jazz session or to the French Quarter.
Things to Do Near MSY
You’ll feel the laid-back Louisiana vibes as soon as your New Orleans flight breaks through the clouds and you see the ol’ Mississippi River below. If before you were in a rush to arrive at your hotel, you will soon feel nothing but relaxed, and as you make your way into the city, you’ll find there are several spots worth a stop before you reach your final destination.
- Longue Vue House and Gardens: Along Route 61, in the western neighborhood of Dixon, you’ll come across the Longue Vue House and Gardens, an extravagant mansion from the 1930s. Its 8 acres of formal gardens include the state’s most impressive iris collection, plus plenty of history for those who are more interested in the past than in petals.
- Mortuary Haunted House: In the same area, take a hauntingly historical ghost tour at the Mortuary Haunted House, then pause for a moment of true reflection at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial.
- City Park: Just a bit further east you’ll find City Park, where you could spend days exploring the whimsical Storyland park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Hotels in New Orleans
Of course, you will eventually make your way to your accommodation, and as in any city, the location is key. The French Quarter is easily the most popular neighborhood, but even within this area you have many options. Whether you want five-star luxury or affordable digs to match our great flight deals to New Orleans, you’ll find it here:
- Bourbon Orleans Hotel is just a few blocks from famous Jackson Square, as well as the Historic Voodoo Museum and authentic voodoo shops of Bourbon Street. If you like your vacations with a touch of unique flavor, this area is for you.
- Omni Royal Orleans offers equally posh surrounds in the French Quarter, offering room options such as private balconies, hot tubs, and luxurious suites.
- Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans has the bustling theatre district to the west and the fluttering Audubon Butterfly Garden to the east, making it the perfect combination of nightlife and relaxation.
- Le Pavillon Hotel is just outside the French Quarter, but a short walk to multiple streetcar lines, putting you near all the revelry while maintaining a feeling of special seclusion.
Experience the “Big Easy”
New Orleans is simply bursting with things to see and do—which is appropriate in a city that encourages you to indulge in all of life’s great pleasures. From food to music to shopping, you’ll find an array of activities that is almost as endless as Travelocity’s great selection of New Orleans airfare. And if you simply want to put your feet up with an ice-cold drink and let the sweet sounds of jazz carry you away, that is no problem either. In New Orleans, the day and the night belong to your imagination.