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New Orleans, Louisiana. Magical land of music, voodoo, and amazing people.

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Hi New Orleans, nice to meet you. Mind if I live here in the city of Narnia-style lamp posts and colorful houses?

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What's that? I can't? Okay, let me plan a moderately priced trip instead.

Here’s how to see the beauty of New Orleans when your rent is higher than Fran Drescher's voice.

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Flights from New York starting at $224

Flights from Chicago starting at $163.70

Flights from California starting at $205.31

Flights from Washington, D.C. starting at $202.20

Use sites like Skyscanner and Expedia to find the cheapest deals.

*Flights for dates 12/01/16–12/05/16.

Book a room at Madame Isabelle's House and stay in literally the cutest house ever.


Adds *paint my future home pink I don't care what my partner says* to bucket list. Rooms starting at $31.50 for dates 12/01/16–12/05/16.

An Airbnb that will make you want to redecorate your room ASAP.


Tour the French Quarter or just sit in that amazing red armchair all day? Hmm... Rooms starting at $69 a night for dates 12/01/16–12/05/16.

The Inn on St Anne will turn your Pinterest dreams of exposed brick and winding staircases into reality.


Yes, hello, Sia? I was told to call you about wanting to swing from a chandelier? Rooms starting at $127 a night for dates 12/01/16–12/05/16.

Stop by The Spotted Cat Music Club and be blown away by local talent.

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Promising Review: "The Spotted Cat is a great place for live jazz music, well-priced drinks, and a fun crowd. It's somewhat of a small place compared to the other bars/clubs on Frenchmen street and it can get crowded... but it's all part of the fun. There's people drinking and conversing, other people watching the live band, other people dancing with the music.. it definitely fulfilled what I was hoping to experience when out on Frenchmen Street for the first time." –Felicia L.

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar on Bourbon Street promises some candlelit, booze-infused fun.

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Promising Review: "This place is so cool! The oldest operating bar in America, according to our bartender. Lafitte's has no electricity (other than for cash register); everything is by candlelight. You have to visit Lafitte's if you're in New Orleans!" –Lauren H.

Take a swamp tour and feel sheer panic as you watch your guide feed wild alligators.

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See you later (like in my nightmares) alligator.

Admission: $29.00

Visit the Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina exhibits at the The Presbytère Museum.

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The above piano was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina and belonged to Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr., a famed singer-songwriter and pianist born and raised in New Orleans.

Admission: $6 OR $5 with student ID.

Take a voodoo tour of St. Louis Cemetery and learn about the local ~ghosts and ghouls~ that haunt this 1700's burial ground.

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Plus, learn about old New Orleans burial customs and see the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.

Admission: $26

Po' Boy, meet everyone. Everyone, meet Po' Boy, a Louisiana staple served with meat or fried seafood.

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This one is a surf and turf po' boy with roast beef and fried shrimp. Ask for the po' boy to be dressed with tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and mayo and say nom nom nom until the whole sandwich is gone.

Get the above sandwhich at NOLA Poboys and learn the meaning of true love.


Promising Review: "Oh my gosh. This is literally the best way to describe the poboy I got here. Oh my gosh. It's been over a month since we went, and it's something I still talk about. Often, I try to convince my husband that if we just drove straight through, and left at 4 pm AZ time, we would make it in time to get a poboy here for dinner the next night. My reasoning hasn't worked on him yet, but I'm still hopeful." –Alana J.

Register for classes at Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. All Fleetwood Mac fans welcome.


ATTN, American Horror Story fans. Snap a pic before Kathy Bates comes out in her maid uniform and scares the crap out of you.

The Buckner Mansion is located in the Garden District of New Orleans.

The St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square is considered the "heart of Old New Orleans."

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It overlooks all of Jackson Square and is ridiculously beautiful.

Admission: Free

Refuel with beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe Du Monde, a New Orleans staple since 1862.

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FYI Cafe Du Monde is opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. #foodporn #EEEATS #isitpossibletoeattoomanybeignets?

BRB, just booking my trip to New Orleans now.

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