The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary

There is so much to see and do in New Orleans, it’s hard to fit everything in one weekend, but we did our best to hit the most popular NOLA attractions! Need help figuring out what to do with 48-hours in New Orleans? This itinerary will give you some great ideas on what not to miss!

DAY 1: New Orleans Itinerary

Oak Alley + Evergreen Plantations

Because it was on the way (we drove from Austin, TX), we stopped at Oak Alley and Evergreen Plantations that are about an hour outside of New Orleans.

We loved seeing them, but if you are only visiting New Orleans for a weekend, just note that booking a tour out to see these will eat up a very large chuck of your time… had it not been on our way, we probably wouldn’t have done it. 

That being said, the plantations were absolutely beautiful to see and worth it if you have time!

48 HOURS IN NEW ORLEANS: THE ULTIMATE NOLA WEEKEND ITINERARY

If you are interested in seeing them, there are several tours available that provide transportation from NOLA. I can’t speak on them since we drove ourselves, but the reviews look good! 

Check-in to The Old No. 77 Hotel

Upon arriving in New Orleans, we checked into our hotel for the weekend: The Old No. 77 Hotel. We absolutely loved staying here, Read more about it in this post.

Where to Stay in New Orleans: The Old No 77 Hotel

Get a Hurricane at Pat O'Briens

After checking in, we headed straight to the French Quarter for Hurricanes and a late lunch at Pat O’Brien’s — a NOLA classic. 

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary - Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's

Stumble Upon a Street Jazz Band

You can’t walk one block without stumbling upon an incredible Jazz musician or band playing on the street! It’s part of what I loved about New Orleans!

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

Oysters at Felix's

Next up: Oysters at Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar. ACME was more recommended to me, but when we got there, the line was way out the door so we decided to try our luck at Felix’s across the street. We were NOT disappointed! Got to sit right at the bar and had some of the best Oysters ever.

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary - Felix Oyster Bar

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up before heading out for the night!

A Night Out on Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street is probably the most well know New Orleans attraction! Pro tip: If you want to experience a night out on Bourbon but don’t necessarily want to deal with trashy, sloppy drunks, go out earlier. We went around 9 or 10 pm and only stayed for a couple hours but still had a blast! 

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary - Bourbon Street

DAY 2: New Orleans Itinerary

Explore the French Quarter

Walking around the streets of the french quarter in the morning was a great way to start out! We grabbed some coffee and just strolled around taking in all the historic buildings.

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: How to Spend a Weekend in NOLA

Jackson Square is a must see! Street vendors line the entire outside of this little park. It’s really interesting to see all the different artists displaying their work.

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: How to Spend a Weekend in NOLA - Jackson Square

The Voodoo Museum

This museum is very small, but we learned SO much about the history of Voodoo in New Orleans. It was only $7 to enter, plan to spend maybe 20-30 minutes here.

Voodoo Museum - The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

In the museum you can make a voodoo offering for good luck! I’m still waiting to see if mine comes true 😉 

Voodoo Museum - The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

Take A Streetcar to The Garden District

These cute streetcars run all up and down Canal Street. The  St. Charles Avenue streetcar takes you right to the garden district!

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You can buy an all day pass for $3 at many of the different shops up and down the street. We got ours at Walgreens.

Lunch at The Commander's Palace

We didn’t actually get to do this because it was closed by the time we got there, but it was highly recommended! Just note that is closes at 1 pm on Saturday.

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Walk Through The Garden District

The Garden District has rows and rows of beautiful historic homes. It was a nice day, so we just strolled through the neighborhood admiring the different styles of homes. 

The Garden District: The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

If you’re an American Horror Story fan, definitely check out the house (The Buckner Mansion) they filmed in during Season 3! 

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Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

I thought it was strange when many people messaged me saying we had to visit the cemeteries, but after seeing them in person, I can understand why!

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 -- The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

New Orleans’s cemeteries are unique in that many are above ground. 

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 -- The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

These cemeteries date back to the 1700’s and are hauntingly beautiful to explore. Many offer guided tours if you’re interested in leaning more about the history!

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 -- The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 -- The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

Grab a Drink at the Hot Tin Rooftop Bar

Located in the Pontchartrain Hotel, The Hot Tin Rooftop Bar is a great place to grab an afternoon drink and admire the New Orleans Skyline!

Dinner at The Original French Market Restaurant and Bar

Another restaurant that came highly recommended! We got Oysters again and some gumbo (a must)! They also have really good PoBoys, so you can’t go wrong! Photo below from their website.

See a Live Jazz Show at

Admittedly we did not end up making it out the second night… but, had we had the energy (we walked like 7 miles, give us a break), this is what we would’ve done! These are the ones that are most recommended:

  • Fritzel’s European Jazz CLub
  • Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse
  • Palm Court Jazz Cafe
  • Preservation Hall
  • The Spotted Cat
  • Three Muses
  • Davenport Lounge

DAY 3: New Orleans Itinerary

Breakfast and Coffee at Cafe Beignet

Not as popular as Cafe Du Monde, but that means the wait is way less! It’s still a great cafe in New Orleans.

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Café Beignet, all day😋

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Walk Along the Riverfront

If it’s a nice morning, I’d definitely recommend grabbing a coffee to go and walking along the river front.

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

Along the river you’ll ultimately come across the Natchez, a historic steamboat that offers a variety of cruises! Had we had more time (and had Grace not been prone to seasickness haha) we would’ve loved to have done a dinner cruise or something!

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

Shopping in the French Quarter

There are so many cute boutiques in the French Quarter! You can find some really nice, non-cheesy NOLA souvenirs in these. I loved this watercolor painting we found in a boutique and they just happen to have an Etsy store as well!

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary: Ultimate Weekend Guide to NOLA

Last Meal at ACME Oysters

I am not kidding when I say I ate probably 40 oysters over the span of the weekend, and I have ZERO shame about it! Naturally our last meal had to be oysters. ACME is one of the most popular (so many people recommended it to me on Instagram).

The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary - ACME Oysters

Other Notable Things To Do

It’s hard to fit everything in one weekend, there was so much more we were hoping to do! If you’ve got more time, these are some other things that came highly suggested:

So there you have it, my recommendation on how to spend 48 hours in New Orleans! Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below!

xx Chels

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5 thoughts on “The Best 48 Hour New Orleans Itinerary

    1. Thank you! We honestly felt safe the whole time! But we stayed in the touristy parts and always walked together!

  1. Great read. Definitely covered most of the main things to do in NOLA. I’d second the spotted cat recommendation, although anywhere along Frenchmen Street has a good atmosphere I found 🙂

    1. Yeah we were bummed to not make it out to the spotted cat! But honestly so exhausted the second night 🙈 next time!!

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