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With savoury seafood gumbo, pretty waterways and heaps of cool buildings to gawk at, New Orleans has earned every letter of its nickname “the Big Easy,” because you’ll have a smashing time without even trying.
OK, so eating your weight in airy beignets may take some effort, but you’re up to the challenge. And with the help of car hire in New Orleans, you can cruise around the city at will, from the banks of Lake Borgne to the mighty Mississippi River.
Known to the locals as NOLA, New Orleans is nothing if not endearingly strange—yeah, we mean weird. So when you want to see the city from behind the wheel with an awesome New Orleans car rental, you won’t be surprised to hear that the eclectic collection of mausoleums and monuments in Metairie Cemetery is one of NOLA’s most-visited landmarks. There may be ghosts of governors past haunting these tombstones, located about 6km northwest of the city centre, but the site is beautiful and eerie all at once—some might even call it breathtaking.
Just up the road, check out the galleries at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where you’ll find artefacts from the pre-Columbian era to contemporary finger paintings. Next, stretch your legs in the museum garden and get ready to roll out!
You don’t need to visit a fortune teller in the French Quarter for luck to smile on you (but you can!). It’s just a happy coincidence that the Louisiana Great River Road Scenic Byway starts in New Orleans and meanders along the Mississippi River.
Along the way, you’ll pass historic plantations and manors, including the Destrehan Plantation, the site of some of Civil War-era revolts and a rich history of rebuilding a free Louisiana. And hey, stay in one of the historic hotels in New Orleans to rest up after you get back from the 385km trek.
For the best deals on airfares and accommodation, book awesome New Orleans holidays with Wotif! Is that the smell of jambalaya floating in on the breeze? Roll down the window of your New Orleans car hire and follow your nose…