In New Orleans, everything is bigger, bolder, and more fun — just the type of place where you’ll want to snap lots of colorful photos. Follow vacation photography experts Flytographer for the most fun, vibrant, and very best places to see in New Orleans.
The French Quarter
New Orleans’ oldest and most famous neighborhood is the literal life of the party. Beyond the raucous good times, historic buildings and world-class cuisine serve as willing subjects to liven up your Instagram feed. Dive right into the French Quarter with Cafe Du Monde’s requisite beignets and toe-tapping jazz music from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
The best of the city’s live music scene (Frenchmen Street, we’re looking at you) can be found in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, and thanks to the area’s rich, cultural history, wandering its streets is an architectural feast for the eyes. Gorgeous examples of distinct (and colorful) homes can be found down almost any street you choose to wander. One of our favorite places to see in New Orleans can be found here at 1801 Dauphine Street, the former residence of Charles Laveaux, father of the oh-so-mysterious Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.
If Bywater had to be described using only two words, it would be colorful and quirky. Known for its vibrant street art, quirky shops selling handmade goods, and dining options running the gamut from charming dive bars to cool new restaurants, Bywater is a must on any list of places to see in New Orleans.
Soak up the creative energy of Jackson Square, which hasn’t strayed far from its history as a gathering place for artists and musicians. Surrounded by beautiful, historic buildings (most notably St. Louis Cathedral), performers, musicians, artists, and fortune tellers all share this space, which functions as both an outdoor market and a performance space. Fortune tellers and other soothsayers operate on a donation basis, or head just a few blocks away to Voodoo Authentica for a reading and to browse potions, spells, and more.
When it’s time for a change from the sounds of the city, get away to the expansive City Park. Relax under the shade of the twisting and turning branches of centuries-old trees, take some time to explore the impressive New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden with over 60 sculptures nestled along the park’s footpaths, or grab a few po’ boys and spend a lazy afternoon picnicking and boating Big Lake.