Now that more and more people are getting vaccinated, the pursuit of vacation is on the horizon. After 14 months of lockdown, sitting at the computer and deciding where to travel next is sure to be a daunting task. Thankfully, LawnStarter ranked 200 U.S. cities based on attractions, activities, and bang for your buck ratio. Unsurprisingly, New Orleans was in the top 10. C'mon, $8 daiquiris; duh!
Between historic hotels, swamp tours, and live music everywhere, it's obvious that New Orleans is a summer hot spot. Whether you live in the Big Easy, or are just visiting, New Orleans has something fun and unique to distract you from the summer heat every day of the week! In honor of the city opening up more and more, consider hitting Bourbon Street for a night out and let the crowded chaos serve as a reprieve from quarantine. On a budget? Attend free concerts…pretty much everywhere. Take a walk down Frenchmen Street and enjoy live music from musicians on every corner. In fact, pack a blanket and some drinks and head to the New Orleans Jazz Museum for free live jazz on Tuesdays. Everyone knows that New Orleans has the best nightlife and gourmet dining around, but this might be the summer to re-appreciate all of the little things that make New Orleans so special, which weren't in reach this past year. An activity as simple as taking the streetcar can be a magical summer memory. Ride along St. Charles and romanticize the beautiful architecture (between swatting bugs. What? It's the South; there are bugs!) Make a day of it by hopping off at Audubon Park and taking a stroll around the park—dog, kids, cooler, the whole deal. It's summer! Pick up your favorite po-boy from Adams Street on the way home.
Needless to say, it's so exciting to get back to summer shenanigans in the humidity, but it is important to remember that a lot of folks are still not vaccinated and that we are not 100% back to normal yet. In some cases, people with compromised immune systems may take longer to develop a defense to COVID-19. We just lived through a pandemic, y'all. Getting back to normal may come with equal amount of stress and anxiety as there was last March. So, while we are readjusting, it's important to the protect each other and invest in the safety of our community by acing with empathy. That way, we can get back to storming the streets with a neck full of beads!
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