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New Orleans Itinerary – 3 Insane Days in the Big Easy

Last Updated on February 11, 2022 by Natalie

This post is all about the most epic 3 day New Orleans itinerary.

New Orleans Itinerary

New Orleans is an eclectic city that sweeps you into every beat (and beignets!)

I’ve created the best 3-day itinerary for New Orleans to help you have a more successful and less stressful trip. Don’t forget to print your FREE New Orleans Printable Checklist so you don’t miss a thing!

New Orleans Itinerary

So, you’re taking a trip to the Big Easy? Here are the recommendations I swear by to have a fantastic trip in NOLA!

Here is the BEST 3 day New Orleans Itinerary.

3 Day New Orleans Itinerary (the short version)

Day 1 – Check into your hotel. Walk around the French Quarter and have a beignet. Stop by Jackson square and St. Louis Cathedral. Visit Hotel Monteleone and have a drink at the carousel bar.

Day 2 – Explore the Garden District and Magazine Street. Brunch at the Ruby Slipper Cafe. Take a cemetery tour. Dinner and drinks on Frenchmen Street.

Day 3 – Book a fancy jazz brunch. Explore more of Bourbon Street. Dinner at Galeries. See Fritzel’s jazz band. Have a drink at the Dungeon. Enjoy your last night in Nola!

Where to stay in New Orleans:

The Quisby Hostel – $

Ace Hotel – $$

Hotel Monteleone – $$$


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3 Day New Orleans Itinerary (the detailed version)

Day 1

Check into your hotel and get ready to explore the French Quarter.

Stop and have a beignet and cafe au lait. Cafe Beignet on Royal Street is what I recommend over the famous Cafe Du Monde.

Stroll through the beautiful Jackson Square and admire the St. Louis cathedral.

New Orleans Itinerary

Enjoy walking in and out of thrift stores and various shops in the French Quarter. I encourage you to venture beyond bourbon street, as there are so many beautiful and interesting corners of the quarter.

Visit Hotel Monteleone and have a drink at the famous rotating Carousel bar.

New Orleans Itinerary

Day 2

Start your day off on Magazine Street. Have brunch at the Ruby Slipper Cafe and explore the many shops lining Magazine street.

Next, admire the beautiful houses in the Garden District. Some famous houses to see are the home of Anne Rice and the filming location for American Horror Story Coven.

Book a cemetery tour to see the famous cemeteries of New Orleans. Due to the swampy terrain, graves are buried above ground which makes for a unique sight to see.

After you’ve covered the garden district, head on over to Frenchmen street for dinner and drinks.

Day 3

Your last day in NOLA! Begin with a fancy jazz brunch. I recommend Commander’s Palace, Court of Two Sisters, or Broussards. Be sure to make a reservation in advance.

New Orleans Itinerary

We opted for Broussards, as it was suggested by a local. It was incredible!

Spend your last day back in the french quarter. Walk Bourbon Street and explore some of the hole-in-the-wall bars. Be sure to have a drink at the Dungeon!

After eating a scrumptious dinner at Gallier’s, go to Fritzel’s Jazz Club for an enchanting performance that captures New Orleans perfectly.

Have an Awesome Time in NOLA!

That concludes the most epic 3-day New Orleans Itinerary covering all the highlights and my personal favorite stops.

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