It goes without saying that Bourbon Street is synonymous with New Orleans. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, one can get lost in the ambiance as the lights hypnotize and sounds of brass bands waif through the air. Temptation draws you in, as America’s most famous party street is sure to offer something for everyone. So throw on some beads and take a stroll down Bourbon Street, you are sure to experience Mardi Gras any day of the week.
Though Bourbon Street is most often the go-to spot for any New Orleans tourist, if you want a more authentic, more relaxed look into the NOLA life, Frenchmen Street is a must. Known as the “locals’ version of Bourbon Street,” Frenchmen is the live music and entertainment district in the Marigny neighborhood, located near the French Quarter. With the focus more on entertainment, you can really experience the city’s vibe and culture. The street encompasses everything New Orleans is.
Café Du Monde
On the edge of Jackson Square lies the original sweet spot of New Orleans. Known as the original French Market coffee stand, Café Du Monde opened in 1862 with only one thing on the menu – the beignet, the state donut of Louisiana. There are now eight locations throughout the city, but the original café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can enjoy a chicory coffee and a beignet any time you would like.
As a National Historic Landmark, Jackson Square is the perfect place to slow down and soak in the peaceful side of New Orleans. It is where visitors can wander through the timeless grounds, surrounded by art and culture as museums, galleries and restaurants line the street. It is also home to the elegant St. Louis Cathedral. Visitors can also get a mystical experience as tarot readers, gypsies, and fortune tellers are common place in the square.
Ride a Streetcar
While in New Orleans riding a streetcar is tantamount to visiting Bourbon Street – it is a must. The streetcars are a great way to give your feet a little rest and still explore all that New Orleans has to offer. There are currently six routes that explore the historic streets. So make sure you climb aboard and really get into the historic spirit.
Visit Booth 1709
Sure New Orleans has a lot to offer outside of the Convention center. But while you’re attending the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference, make sure to stop by Booth 1709 in the main exhibit hall. Meet with us and register to win a Bose bluetooth speaker. We will be on hand to discuss Transition2Work as an employer solution for accommodating occupational and non-occupational disabilities. Find out about our programs to help reduce workers’ compensation and disability claim costs by returning injured employees to the workforce as soon as they are released to modified duty. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!