Despite travels coming to a halt due to COVID-19, our great city of New Orleans still received the second ranking for travel and leisure, according to Travel and Leisure Magazine. The magazine's readers were polled—pre-COVID—and asked to vote for their favorite place to visit, taking into consideration the "sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value."
"Everyone needs to experience NOLA at least once," a T+L reader wrote.
Coming in second to Charleston, South Carolina, on the "Top 15 States in the United States" list, New Orleans was named a "World's Best Awards" Hall of Fame honoree, meaning that we have made the top 15 list for the past 10 years in a row. Our city scored 87.03 points out of a perfect 100.
Of course, it is no surprise that the city of New Orleans ranks high, due to its food and spirits scene. However, when visiting, tourists should explore beyond Bourbon Street and discover our unique housing, parks, waterfront views, and more.
Our high ranking is thanks, in part, to our growing hotel industry and never-ending restaurant options. Even though the pandemic has dampened our abilities to host travelers, businesses are preparing for the return of their beloved guests.
New Orleanians most likely expected to be ranked first, but other cities also need a chance to shine. With Santa Fe, New Mexico, third and Savannah, Georgia, fourth, this list ensures that you can travel nationwide to find great spots for leisure.