I know there are a few posts already on this topic, but when is the best time to visit New Orleans? I'm thinking April/May or October as these seem to be the favourites. I want it to be hot but not stiflingly so, and not be the rainy season, if there is such a thing (I get enough of that in the UK!). I would prefer to go when there aren't any festivals on really, sorry if that sounds miserable! I would want to do trips to the swamps and a plantation or two. How likely are hurricanes to be a problem in October?