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1. Posted by tallinista (Budding Member 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am travelling to New Orleans in February and am looking for suggestions for trips out of town. Any tips?

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 887 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Have you checked the official New Orleans Office of Tourism? It's a good source of information for the city if not the surroundings. Click here for the New Orleans Official Tourist Office

For the greater New Orleans area, check the Louisiana Tourist Information Office and scroll down to the New Orleans area and click on that. You can check other places in the state too. Click here for the Official Louisiana Tourist Office

You said you are going in February but didn't mention how long you are staying. Will you have a car or are you using public transportation? Mardi Gras isn't until March 5 and I don't know how far in advance they start the festivities but if you could stay for that, it is a major event in New Orleans.

Have fun.

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 844 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting tallinista

Hi, I am travelling to New Orleans in February and am looking for suggestions for trips out of town. Any tips?

THere are tours that are run out to the mansions along the river, and out to the swamps (air boat trips). A boat trip that they did run was at one time was out to Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans) - that is a NPS site and worthwhile - it is 9 or 10 miles east of New Orleans by road. If you have your own transportation, you could go out to Morgan City (85 miles - there's a carillon in a park there and you can also tour Mr. Charlie which is a real oil rig. Also you can go across Lake Ponchatrain (35 miles) and on the Tchefuncte River there is a Lake Ponchatrain Maritime Museum. Baton Rouge, the state capitol is only about 80 miles from New Orleans.

4. Posted by Dymphna (Budding Member 98 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Check out safety tips on New Orleans. This city is in the top 5 most dangerous cities for the US. There are places you DO NOT want to go at night.

5. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 6 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

We drove out to visit Laura and Oak Alley plantations one day but if you do not have a car or want to rent one for a day, there are bound to be tours.