1. Say you’ve had an “authentic New Orleans experience” without ever leaving Bourbon Street.
Bourbon Street has become the pinnacle of New Orleans tourism for every visitor in search of a great party. It’s unbelievable how many people never leave the area.
Some of what you miss if you don’t: the Frenchmen Art Market, steps away from some of the best music venues in the city (Snug Harbor, Spotted Cat, Blue Nile); St. Charles Ave, full of towering 19th-century mansions and colonial Spanish and French architecture; restaurants that pair New Orleans cuisine with sushi (Chiba’s Crescent City Roll, Jazz Roll, Satsuma Strawberry Roll); locals that smile as you pass and barmates who give you endless suggestions for things to do throughout your stay; street names you’d never be able to pronounce on your own (Tchoupitoulas). I could go on.