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Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

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Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

hi All,

I'm planning a week long trip to experience Mardi Gras and visit neighboring cities in month of Feb. It is our wedding anniversary so I am trying to make it special.

We are planning to fly from NY to New Orleans on Sunday Feb 10 (flight rates go up if I start on Sat). Leave on Tuesday afternoon to Huston (drive). Stay there for 2 days. Then leave for Austin on Friday afternoon and fly back to NY on Sunday.

We are renting a car. Do you think it would be impossible to drive in New Orleans when Mardi Gras is going on?? How will be traffic?? Of course do not want to spend time in the car in traffic.

We have on list - carnival/Parades as a focal point. We want to experience Fat Tue as well. After that in the afternoon we want to take off to Huston. But little worries about traffic. Please let me know your experiences/thoughts/tips....

How is drive from New Orleans to Huston. It seems about 5 and half hours. Am I splitting days between cities correctly? Is one week good enough to see most of the attractions in New Orleans, Galveston, Huston and Austin? Anything else should we cover or must see??

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11. Re: Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

You will need to study a map(s) for this to make sense. Mardi Gras activity extends thoughout the City, actually thoughout the Region. The "epicenter" of Mardi Gras activity is the intersection of Canal St. and St. Charles Avenue. You may find that you might not be able to be all that picky as relates to specific lodging. As relates to a location good for BOTH Mardi Gras and your post Mardi Gras New Orleans activities, anything in the French Quarter, anything in the Central Business District on the River side of O'Keefe St. and towards the French Quarter from Poydras St., anything in Marigny within 2-3 blocks of Esplanade Ave., or anything in the Warehouse/Arts District within 3-4 blocks of Poydras St., will get the job done. I usually try for something within 1/2 mile of the intersection of St. Louis St. and Chartres St. (French Quarter). As you open up specific lodging options, feel free to check in with this Forum regarding their merits.

NO, you do not want to rent a car and stay somewhere else, except during any time you spend AFTER Mardi Gras exploring South Louisiana outside the City. Sunday through Tuesday the streets within 3-5 blocks of the parade routes (primarily Canal St. and St. Charles Ave.) will become impassable.

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12. Re: Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

I am getting $211 round trip from NY to GPT airport. We are planning to rent a car anyways. I am getting good deal for Card as well ($15 per day.

Do you see any problems flying to GTP? It would be about hour and hald drive I believe.

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13. Re: Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

I think Gulfport would be a good choice but you will of course incur parking charges in New Orleans. Can anyone comment on hotel parking fees or other parking solutions? Isn't there a daily bus between Gulfport and NOLA for the casinos?

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14. Re: Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

If I dont rent a car then what are my options to do new orleans attractions? Is public transportation good in NOLA??

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15. Re: Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

As relates to accessing popular tourist attractions from the central portion of the City, New Orleans public transportation is very good. IF you have well located lodging you can walk to many of the most popular destinations. However, as relates to accessing the City itself from outlying areas, public transportation is poor.

As specifically relates to Mardi Gras, public transportation is curtailed during the four days ending with and including Fat Tuesday. But, once again, well located lodging will allow you to walk to the most popular activities.

French Quarter and Central Business District parking costs $15 to $40 per day.

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16. Re: Planning trip to NO during Mardi Gras 2013 Fat Tue

In my opinion it would be a mistake to leave New Orleans after such a short time, especially during such a fun time of year and most certainly to leave it for a city like Houston. There is so much to see and do in NOLA, you could spend the entire time there. Some options include cemetary tours (I like Free Tours By Foot), a bike tour (the 3 1/2 hour Confederacy of Cruiser Creole tours can't be beat), walking around the French Quarter, a street car ride uptown, a visit to the Katrina exhibit in the Jackson Square museum, Frenchman Street at night to hear amazing local music--you could also experience the bayou by taking a swamp tour or see a plantation about 45 minutes outside of town. Not to mention the fun of the Mardi Gras parades and the food, food, food! By the way, I only discovered the city myself a year ago--I live in Nebraska and am not a local. However, I go there every chance I get now. Why spend your vacation running all over the place checking cities off your "been there" list when you could spend all your time in one of the best places this country has to offer?

Edited: 2:00 pm, January 12, 2013
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