Self Guided Tours of New Orleans
We are happy to have produced several self-guided tours of New Orleans and our collection is growing. We designed these self guided tours of New Orleans to be used as tours for you to take on your own time and your own pace or as companion pieces on our guided tours. Some tours, like our Katrina tour, are only available as a self-guided tour. We hope these tours are helpful to you.
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Our list of self-guided New Orleans tours:
This is a self-guided tour which highlights the top 16 things to see in the French Quarter, New Orleans most famous neighborhood. This tour should take you approximately 1 hour if you are just walking without browsing shops, bars and markets – but why would you do that? This map and guide serve as great companions to our guided tour of the French Quarter. Also, be sure to check out our post on visiting Jackson Square.
Many people come to New Orleans and never get out of the French Quarter, what a shame! A lovely afternoon can be spent exploring the uptown neighborhood known as the Garden District. This map and guide serve as great companions to our guided tour of the Garden District.
Use this self-guided tour in conjunction with our self-guided Garden District tour. The cemetery has been active since 1833 and still has burials occurring. There are about 1,000 tombs and an estimated 7,000 people buried in Lafayette #1. It is a city block in size. The cemetery is also not racially or religiously segregated and contains over 26 nationalities.
There are three St. Louis Cemeteries in New Orleans, but the oldest cemetery is St. Louis Cemetery Number 1. That one is also the one that is closest to the French Quarter. Unfortunately, you can no longer discover this historic cemetery on your own, but you still can use this self-guided St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 to learn about what you can see on a guided tour with Free Tours by Foot.
Many people who visit New Orleans are interested in visiting areas that were affected by Hurricane Katrina stormed through in 2005 and to see the revitalization that is taking place. We have set up this self-guided tour so that you can use your car or bike to visit. Total time should be 2-3 hours. We also provide information on companies that offer Katrina themed guided tours.
The Faubourg Treme is a historic New Orleans neighborhood situated above the French Quarter which was originally considered to be outside of the city. It’s an easy and architecturally fascinating walk from anywhere in the French Quarter. Be sure to take in the exemplary shotgun homes in a palette of colors and the sounds of live music coming in from one of the free concerts at Armstrong Park as you stroll around this important part of town considered to be a hotbed for musical history; residents have included musicians like Alphonse Picou, Lucien Barbarin, and Louis Prima. While its residents were all once African American, the neighborhood is culturally diverse now and always full of life.
Algiers Point, the only part of the city located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, is the 2nd oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. It originally was a separate entity but was annexed to the city in 1870. It stands out for its more bohemian vibe.
Bounded by Elysian Fields and Esplanade Avenue, the Faubourg Marigny is one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods. Visit and learn about Frenchman Street, the heart of New Orleans’ music scene, learn about Creole culture and find out about old German breweries. Like the other self-guided tours, this one too is a great companion to our guided tour of Faubourg Marigny.
Here in this area the first French settlers established a camp. Here is where the French first staked their claim. Today, the area is quiet and relatively overlooked, but offers some wonderful sights off the beaten path. Begin the tour by heading down Esplanade Avenue away from the French Quarter.
New Orleans has a variety of Civil War sites. This Self-Guided New Orleans Civil War Tour will offer tourists in the French Quarter a look into the various buildings and dramatic moments that can be easily visited by anyone sticking to the Vieux Carre.
Is there any more appropriate place to treat yourself to a cocktail tour than New Orleans? Besides the easy walk between fabulous lounges, taverns, jazz clubs and simple bars, drinking and New Orleans have become synonymous. We recommend you linger at each of these suggested stops, but if you have places to be, you can ask for a ‘go cup’ and bring your drink with you!
If you want to explore New Orleans like a local, come to Frenchmen Street. New Orleans is known for its music, food, and culture, and, just outside the French Quarter, funky Frenchmen Street might be its heart. Frenchmen Street is great for live music, food and drinks. Think of Frenchmen Street as the more sophisticated older brother to Bourbon— the place to go to enjoy restaurants, bars, and night clubs without all the strip clubs and neon lights.