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What Not to Do in New Orleans

by Pableaux Johnson

Don't…
SPRING FOR A CARRIAGE RIDE

The clop of hooves makes for nostalgic sound effects in the French Quarter, but there are better ways to get around the historic Vieux Carré (Old Quarter) than an overpriced carriage ride. In the sweltering heat of summertime, a pungent large-animal aroma might be enough to convince you to keep a safe distance, but you should always beware the slick-talking drivers whose historic tours have more flash than accuracy.

Instead…
WALK AROUND THE QUARTER OR TAKE THE STREETCAR

The French Quarter packs 300 years of history into 78 square blocks of amazing architecture that can be covered on foot in one leisurely afternoon (and the area's copious dark barrooms make it manageable even during the brutal heat of summer). Folks jonesing to see the picturesque Garden District can just hop aboard one of the clattering historic streetcars for a mere $1.25 trip to the "newer" section of town. And all without the hot, humid mule fumes.

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