Where to Cruise: New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans, Louisiana

29°95'N, 090°06'W

New Orleans might not immediately register with you as a marquee cruising destination, but it’s accessible by boat, and it is one of America’s true gems. The city is home to a vibrant culture unlike any other. Music, food, booze, architecture—NoLa manages to take all these things deadly seriously while not actually taking anything seriously at all. Dock at one of the transient slips at the Orleans Marina. From there, all the wonders the city has to offer are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. There are simply too many places to recommend in New Orleans. Simply stumble into anywhere and it may just have the best Sazerac you ever sipped or beignet you’ll ever lay into. (For our money, Peche Seafood Grill may be one of the best restaurants in the world.) One activity that’s a bit off the beaten path and perfect for any football fan, is to give Cajun Country Limo and Party Bus a ring, and have them whisk you and your friends away to a night game at LSU’s Tiger Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in the country and one of the most unforgettable gameday experiences you’ll ever have. There are gators roasting on spits in the parking lot, the players on the field can smell the bourbon from the fans’ breath, and there’s a live tiger prowling the grounds. True story.

Orleans Marina, 504-288-2351;
Cajun Country Limo and Party Bus, 877-816-9062; www.cajuncountrylimoandpartybus.com;
Peche Seafood Grill, 504-522-1744; www.pecherestaurant.com

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