Budget Sightseeing on a New Orleans Double Decker Bus Tour
The multiple districts of New Orleans, Louisiana, can complicate travel to the "Crescent City." Visiting Jackson Square, the French Quarter, Garden District, and more essential hot spots require knowledge of New Orleans known only by the residents themselves.
As a sightseeing traveler, I was not looking forward to navigating unfamiliar streets by rental car to reach the destinations on my list. From prior experience, I knew that in any major city driving is disastrous, parking is expensive, and time is always of the essence. So, for my trip to New Orleans, I purchased a ticket on the New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off double decker bus tour.
Table of Contents
- How a New Orleans Double Decker Bus Tour Works
- Bus Stops for the Best Budget Sightseeing
- My Day Sightseeing on a New Orleans Bus Tour
- Exploring the Riverfront
- Visiting the National World War II Museum
- Looking for Ghosts at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
- Budget Sightseeing in New Orleans Made Easy
How a New Orleans Double Decker Bus Tour Works
Pictured above is the New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour passing by the Superdome. According to a recent Traveler Story, this is one of the best ways to see the city without fighting the crowds
If you're having trouble deciding which New Orleans sightseeing bus is best, the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is perfect place to start! These bright red, double decker buses circle the city, stopping at all of the major destinations (complete list below).
Tickets can be printed, confirmed by email with a mobile device, or acquired from the main ticket office. Each ticket is valid for either 1 day or 3 days, depending on the ticket type you select, and provides unlimited riding from 9:30am until 5:30pm.
A bus hits every stop at intervals of 30 minutes, but also gives riders the option to hang out on the bus and enjoy the sights, sounds, and expert guided narration (a full rotation through all 18 stops takes about 2 hours). Tickets not only include the narrated bus tour, but depending on which ticket type you select, may include the following:
- Free walking tours
- Free self-guided tours
- Restaurant and attraction discounts
If you're ready to get this show on the road, then select the "Book Now" button below and hop on a fun an informative New Orleans bus tour:
Bus Stops for the Best Budget Sightseeing
Pictured above are visitors to the Big Easy enjoying the sights and sounds of the city from the comfort of a New Orleans double decker bus tour
One of the best parts of sightseeing on a New Orleans double decker bus tour is that you get a very comprehensive view of the city. From Jackson Square, to the Central Business Disctrict, to Magazine Street, the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour takes you all over NOLA so you don't miss a thing! There are 18 total stops along the bus tour route:
- Jackson Square
- French Market
- St. Louis Cemetery at Basin St. Station
- Canal Street
- Riverfront at Harrah's Casino
- Central Business District
- Louisiana Superdome
- The National WWII Museum
- Garden District on Magazine Street
- Magazine Street (Magazine St. & Washington Ave.)
- Magazine Street (Magazine St. & Ninth St.)
- St. Charles Avenue (Louisiana Ave. & St. Charles Ave.)
- St. Charles Avenue (2020 St. Charles Ave.)
- Mardi Gras World
- Arts District
- Harrah's Casino on S. Peters Street
Each stop offers its own attractions including creole dining, eclectic shopping, scenic views, entertainment, and more! For a full bus route map, click here.
My Day Sightseeing on a New Orleans Bus Tour
With Hop-On Hop-Off New Orleans bus tour coupons available, seeing sights like Jackson Square from a double decker bus is more affordable than ever
I decided to spend a whole day on the bus to get a good feel for how the bus tour functions. I parked my car at the parking lot located at 101 Basin Street, and then made the short walk down to the Basin Street Station at 501 Basin Street.
I boarded the bus and grabbed a seat on the top deck next to a delightful husband and wife couple. The husband, Johnny, told me it was their second time visiting "Sin City," the first ending in frustration and confusion after fighting busy traffic in an attempt to navigate the city streets with no assistance.
This time around, his wife convinced him to purchase a pair of Hop-On Hop-Off bus tickets. He swears the bus had already saved him money on parking, and allowed him to see and learn more than he had on their entire previous vacation. With a little guidance from Johnny, I planned out my three destinations for the day!
Exploring the Riverfront
Image of the beautiful New Orleans Riverfront Skyline taken by Tony Webster via Flickr
Gambling, aquariums, and lunch cruises on a real Steamboat?! The Mississippi Riverfront offers something for everyone, and a true taste of New Orleans, new and old!
My first instinct was to try my luck at Harrah's Casino. This massive casino equipped with 104 card tables was hard to resist, so I stepped inside, and tried my hand at the slots. With a limit of $20, I managed to wrangle a $10 profit before moving on to one activity towards the top of my list, lunch on the Steamboat Natchez!
Just a ten minute walk from Harrah's, I arrived at Toulouse Station just in time to board the 11:30am lunch cruise on a fully functional paddle steamboat. Authentic Jazz, expertly prepared creole dining, and unforgettable sights made this afternoon trip one of the highlights of my day.
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Visiting the National World War II Museum
According to a recent Traveler Story, once you're taking in the history at the National World War II Museum, you'll never want to leave
As a major history buff, I had to stop by the National World War II Museum. The massive museum contains hours worth of exhibits and films at the 4D Movie Theater. I thoroughly enjoyed the Beyond all Boundaries exhibit, and other popular exhibits include:
- Road to Tokyo
- Road to Berlin
- The D-Day Invasion of Normandy
- US Merchant Marine Gallery
- Bayou to Battlefield
- and MORE!
The Museum made for an informative mid-afternoon trip, and I was able to grab a quick snack at the American Sector to fuel up for my next adventure. With the afternoon winding down, it was time to head to my final stop, the St. Louis Cemetery.
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Looking for Ghosts at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
According to TripShock's NOLA Cemetery Guide, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is one of the best places in the city for history and hauntings
The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is famous worldwide for stories of voodoo and ghost hauntings. The cemetery is open to the public, so it made for a fun, free cap to my day in the city.
The self-guided tour included with my bus ticket helped me through the cemetery, taking me to popular spots like the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and Civil Rights leader Homer Plessy. Other famous people buried in New Orleans cemeteries include:
As a fan of vampire folklore and ghost hunting, the areas of rumored supernatural activity were especially fun to see first hand.
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Budget Sightseeing in New Orleans Made Easy
Pictured above is the double decker Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour, through City Sightseeing New Orleans, passing by the National World War II Museum
After a full day on the New Orleans double decker bus tour, I can see why so many visitors choose Hop-On Hop-Off transportation during their New Orleans vacation. In one day, I was able to visit three of New Orleans most popular destinations, worry free. With a $13/day price tag, I would definitely recommend this bus tour to any New Orleans traveler from novice to experienced!
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