2. New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Experience the beauty and history of New Orleans at a walking pace with this 3-hour city sightseeing tour covering 25 square miles of iconic neighborhoods through three centuries. Board your bus at the Mississippi River in the French Quarter then follow the history of New Orleans’ expansion up Esplanade Avenue. Learn about the tradition of above-ground burial before you hop off to explore St. Louis Cemetery #3. C
ross Bayou St. John into City Park, where you can purchase beignets at Café du Monde or set out to find your own “Instagrammable moment”. The park’s museums, attractions, and sculpture gardens are nestled among picturesque lagoons, bayous, and groves of ancient live oaks, some more than 800 years old.
Hop on the bus to travel along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, past a post-Katrina pumping station, seafood restaurants, marina, and a historic lighthouse with the 24-mile-long Causeway Bridge in the distance. Although called a lake, Lake Pontchartrain is actually one of the largest brackish estuaries in North America at 630 square miles (1600 km2) fed by freshwater rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico.
Continue on to St. Charles Avenue, home to Audubon Park and lined with elegant mansions, churches, and schools, including Loyola and Tulane Universities. Follow the route of streetcars and Mardi Gras parades to the Garden District, one of the most well-preserved living neighborhoods in the United States.
Come see why New Orleans is #MoreThanBourbonStreet. The tour departs daily at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time.