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ILLINOIS
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reviews: 79
getting around new orleans

We will be staying at Hotel Provincial in early summer and will be driving our own car to New Orleans. Is it best to take the street cars around to see the sights? can we walk to most of the sights? We usually walk alot on our vacations and dont mind to see the sights this way. I didnt know if the sights were really spread out and we had to take the street car or what.

We would like to see various sights such as ww2 museum, mardi gras world, frenchmen street, french quarter area, french market, canal place, magazine street etc..

thank you

Illinois

texas
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1. Re: getting around new orleans

Streetcar. I always park and never get my car again until we leave. All these things are on the street car,except Mardi Gras world. I heard you take a ferry across river, but not sure if it is within walking distance to get there after that. Have fun. we went last week and had a blast.Take very comfortable shoes.We did and still had blisters.

College Station...
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for New Orleans
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2. Re: getting around new orleans

Typical first time visitors staying in well located lodging, such as Hotel Provincial, can pretty well park their car for the duration of their visit and see the most popular attractions on foot and/or via streetcar, bus, pedicab and/or taxicab, but mostly on foot. Mardi Gras World is now located on the same side of the River as Provincial, and offers a free shuttle from a pickup point close to the Casino. If you are going to be boarding a bus and/or streetcar more than twice in one day, you can purchase an unlimited ride daypass for $3, good on both buses and streetcars, when you first board that day; streetcars and buses require exact change.

Tuscaloosa Al
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3. Re: getting around new orleans

We second the motion. We have stayed in New Orleans several times, and one of the most relaxing parts of the trip is parking the car and not worrying about it again for the duration of your stay. It's kind of liberating in a way to not have to deal with it, and everything you could want to do is within walking distance or the streetcar. You can also consider renting (or bringing your own) bike if you like to get around town that way. We are big fans of biking tours and think this is a fun way to experience the city.

Destination Expert
for New Orleans
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4. Re: getting around new orleans

We always drive our own vehicle, but usually just park it and walk everywhere we want to go or use the streetcar. If we are visiting one of the plantations (about an hour away) we would drive, but usually just park it and use the streetcar or walk to where we want to go.

maryland
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for Baltimore
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5. Re: getting around new orleans

Another option is a Pedicab ( not sure how many of you there are). They are 2 person carriages behind a bike. Depending on how much you like to walk or how tired you are this is a welcome option some days.

little rock arkansas
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for Little Rock, Arkansas
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6. Re: getting around new orleans

I agree with the others, but respectfully disagree when it comes to Magazine Street. Buses and streetcars are painfully slow and I have waited for what seems like forever on Magazine Street. I'd def walk it to Canal Place, the Market for sure, and if you are fit, to WW2, but for Magazine Street I'd take the car, slowly crawl up the street and when you hit what seems an interesting node, pull onto a side street and park, then repeat the action all the way out. It's a great street but painful to rely on infrequent public transport and too long to fully do on foot.

ILLINOIS
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7. Re: getting around new orleans

Thank you everyone for your responses. I didnt realize it was so cheap to get the all day pass. Im sure we will go with that route and buy that. We are major walkers when we go on vacations. We can walk around a huge city all day long and not have problems. I do agree with JLR.. if we are going an hour out of the way, then we will use our own vehicle.

I will look on mapquest to see how far everything is from Provincial such as the WW2 museum etc.. and see if we can walk it.

It helps to have input from everyone and get an early idea of what to expect, how much everything is and so on.

Illinois

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