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Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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The heart of the city's oldest neighborhood, the layout of Bourbon Street was designed in 1721 by Adrien de Pauger. The colony was given to the Spanish in 1763, and a fire destroyed much of the original French architecture in 1788. In 1803, the Americans took over and translated all the street names into English. By 1840, the city was the third-largest metropolis in the country, with the attraction as its main social and economic feature. The area is known for its annual Mardi Gras celebration. Consider trying a popular drink, such as the Hurricane cocktail, served by vendors up and down the street. For a truly original experience, be sure to stop by Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo on the corner of St. Ann. Make Bourbon Street a centerpiece of your New Orleans vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our New Orleans trip itinerary app.
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  • Bourbon street is a slum. Passed out people everywhere. Vomit all over the place. The drinks and food are very low quality in most places. The streets are beat up and busted. Not tourist friendly... 
    Bourbon street is a slum. Passed out people everywhere. Vomit all over the place. The drinks and food are very low quality in most places. The streets are beat up and busted. Not tourist friendly...  more »
  • Bourbon Street is very loud. I am glad I can say I went there but I don't feel any need to visit again. 
    Bourbon Street is very loud. I am glad I can say I went there but I don't feel any need to visit again.  more »
  • This is the kind of place you need to experience once. We visited during the day for safety reasons as we had our daughter along. The street is dirty and has all the smells one might expect to find....  more
    This is the kind of place you need to experience once. We visited during the day for safety reasons as we had our daughter along. The street is dirty and has all the smells one might expect to find....  more »
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  • We took a few hour detour after leaving Graceland on the way to Galveston Texas and stopped in New Orleans. Even in late November it was warm, people were out, and there was a real electricity in the air. We will definitely be back.
  • It’s really fun to walk with your friends to see all the new extracurricular stuff. Like this jasmine dancing with a homeless man. And Snake man on a hover board. Very spectacle view
  • My first time ever going to New Orleans Louisiana and yes I went to Bourbon Street. All the sights that I saw was awesome to see you see this stuff on TV but when you see it in real life it is more amazing. And everyone that I met and spoke to was very polite and friendly. Thank you, Pamela Stover
  • Fantastic live music at night, even on Monday😀 A bit disappointing during the day when its slightly 'tired', smelly and sleepy.
  • One of the best places on Earth. At least if you’re a tourist 😅. This is NOLA in early June, 80 degree at night. Always lively and something to see. If you haven’t been; you need to go.

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