Often times referred to as the “Hollywood of the South,” New Orleans plays a lead role in a number of beloved television shows, full-length films, documentaries and even animated movies. 

One of the Crescent City’s many cameo performances comes from the 2017 box-office hit, Girls Trip. Starring Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Regina Hall, Girls Trip is all about sisterhood and adventure. What better place to film it than at the New Orleans ESSENCE Fest?

Plan out your own epic vacation with some of your closest friends with our Girls Trip-inspired guide to New Orleans below. 

Rebecca Todd
Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel 

What girls trip is complete without a proper place to end your evenings filled with wacky shenanigans? Lodge like Queen Latifah and her crew and book your stay at the Roosevelt Hotel. Although the main shots of the hotel lobby and bar took place at the Hotel Monteleone and Carousel Bar, respectively, the lavish room the four friends stay in is actually in The Roosevelt. This property is conveniently located in the heart of the Central Business District, making navigate your time in town a breeze. 

Rebecca Todd
Tropical Isle

Tropical Isle

Home of the iconic green hand grenade cocktail, Tropical Isle was on their list and it should be on yours too. You can find Tropical Isle along the world-famous Bourbon Street, making it the perfect way to start the night out. 

Photo courtesy of House of Blues
House of Blues

House of Blues 

Nothing says New Orleans quite like live music. The House of Blues is Girls Trip-approved place to get your fix of local sounds. Just like in the film, the House of Blues is a performance base for a number of well-known performers and musicians. See who will grace the stage during your next trip. 

Zack Smith

ESSENCE Festival 

One of New Orleans’ largest festivals and the backdrop to Girls Trip is ESSENCE Fest. This annual celebration of black women’s empowerment and culture is held at both the Ernest Morial Convention Center and the Caesars Superdome. Get your own girl group together and enjoy live music from some of the most iconic and hottest R&B, soul, hip-hop, socca, and gospel artists.  

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Live Music on Frenchmen Street

Frenchmen Street 

Better known as the locals Bourbon Street, Frenchmen is a tucked-away, must-visit strip in New Orleans Marigny neighborhood. The cast of Girls Trip made their way into club Maison, and there’s much more to see and do. Clubs, live music venues, and delicious eats are among the many Frenchmen Street offerings. 

Harrah’s Casino

New Orleans is a city of unique memories and moments. Why play it safe when you can risk it all? No matter which spectrum of the wild side you walk on, Harrah’s is always a sure bet. You and your girls can head to the slots for a chance at winning big or dance the night away at their in-house club Masquerade