6 Reasons Beyond Mardi Gras You Need to Visit New Orleans

Ariel Goldberg

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New Orleans. What do you think of when you hear that city’s name?

Is it Mardi Gras? Does your mind immediately conjure images of Bourbon Street? Do you think of parade floats, of feathers, of crowds of people with purple/green/gold beads strung around their necks? Of lots and lots of alcohol?

Probably. And you’re not wrong for it. Mardi Gras and New Orleans go hand-in-hand.

But — and it may sound like a cliché — New Orleans has so much to offer beyond Mardi Gras. I visited for a long weekend last February. I arrived the day after Mardi Gras. And I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I had a whirlwind three days overflowing with decadent food, kaleidoscopes of color, euphoric sounds, and an immense amount of fun. It’s your prerogative if you’re only going to party, but you’ll be missing out on so much if that’s all you have in mind for your trip.

Ready to get your trip started? Check out reason #6 for an amazing opportunity to go with some Wanderful sisters!

1. The Colors

And the architecture. But especially the colors.

These colors strike me like lightning.

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2. The Beignets

JUST LOOK AT THOSE. Fried hunks of sugar-coated heaven.

Rise 'n (powder sugar coated) shine.

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we made it. 😍 #neworleans #cafedumonde #beignets

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Good morning NOLA #cafedumonde #biegnets #stevensonspringbreak

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3. The Music

“The music in Nola isn’t just in the jazz clubs. It’s everywhere.”

The #music in #nola isn't just in the jazz clubs. It's everywhere. And it's great. #neworleans #frenchquarter

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Friday night wandering. #neworleans #frenchmenstreet #travel #stayweird

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4. The History

Spooky, sad, fun, and beyond. It’s got it all.

TUNE IN! Jazzfest '68

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5. The Vibes

They don’t call it “The Big Easy” for nothing.

Dem bourbon street feels #bourbonstreet #neworleans #streetphotography #contiki #contikibraden #usa #lousiana

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feels good to be home again.

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I ❤️🐲🌿⚜️you.

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6. The Sisterhood

Did you know that Wanderful is organizing a trip to New Orleans this March?

Get all of the above plus an incredible four days eating delicious food in the French Quarter, listening to jazz on a riverboat, creeping through the city on a haunted walking tour, and forming the powerful friendships that come only when you travel with other like-minded women. You in?

Wanderful Trip to New Orleans!

We’ll see you there!

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Ariel Goldberg

Author Ariel Goldberg

Digital Content Manager, Wanderful; PR/Marketing Chair, Women in Travel Summit Ariel is a queer writer, activist, and traveler who grew up outside of NYC and lived in Boston and the southeast Netherlands before settling in Brooklyn. She runs digital strategy for an LGBTQ-focused social justice nonprofit and is Wanderful‘s digital content manager. She also consults, eats a lot of chocolate, and blogs on body acceptance and travel, but most often dreams of running away to Paris (and is frequently a mouse-click away from booking a one-way ticket).

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