You'll see a range of neighbourhoods when you rent a car in New Orleans. The city is most famous for its gorgeous French Quarter, with endless delights the senses day or night. Stay here and stroll to Jackson Square, home to the Disney castle-esque Saint Louis Cathedral. By night, the neighbourhood comes alive with the sound of jazz music and lively clubs on Bourbon Street. The uptown area has a family-friendly and traditional feel to it, with sprawling 19th-century homes in the Garden District. Even if you're not renting one of the homes for your trip, you can ride along in a streetcar to see them. Downriver is where you can chill out in local cafés and enjoy the sounds of New Orleans's music culture away from the hedonistic French Quarter.
Tasting the food in New Orleans is an experience in itself. Cajun and Creole dishes feature heavily on menus, offering hearty and delicious tastes that blend Southern American, Caribbean, French, and Spanish cuisine. While there's a great selection of restaurants in the city, you can also drive out to places such as nearby Saint Bernard Parish. Here, you'll find the 'down-home' cuisine that Louisiana is renowned for. Admire the French Quarter's architecture, and be sure to walk through the beautiful historic cemeteries, such as Greenwood and Saint Louis. Inspiring cultural institutions include the National WWII Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Families will appreciate a day out at the Audubon Zoo, home to exotic creatures and local beauties including American alligators.
Southeastern Louisiana, generally warm, has a humid subtropical climate with hot and long summers. From October to April, you'll find the mildest temperatures, making it a pleasant time to wander outside and go out for drives. This part of the US features a rich array of local flora, and renting a car in New Orleans will help you see more of it. If you can tear yourself away from New Orleans's ornate colonial architecture and intoxicating atmosphere, the historic plantation houses and small towns surrounding the metropolitan area are well worth a visit. New Orleans is often cited as one of the world's most unique cities, and its distinct European influences are seen in its food and architecture – on several streets, you may think you're in Paris. After you've tucked into the magnificent Creole food and experienced the local jazz scene, you'll begin to understand what makes the city so magnetic.
|Time-Zones||Central Time (GMT-5)|
When you rent a car in New Orleans, you'll discover that driving is easy in the United States thanks to its excellent road system, and a pleasure thanks to the country's iconic large vehicles. In Louisiana, intrepid explorers will be rewarded with splendid vistas – long stretches of undisturbed wilderness are waiting to be discovered. Keep in mind that your UK driving licence is valid in the United States, and that you'll want to keep your passport, insurance documentation, and warning triangles in your car. You'll need to be at least 21 to rent a vehicle here, although some companies may only lease cars to those over 25. Whereas the blood-alcohol limit is 0.08% in Louisiana, it's always a good idea to avoid alcohol completely when driving. Drivers stick to the right-hand side of the road in the US.