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New Orleans City Awards

Top Designations from TravelWeekly, TripAdvisor, Southern Living, Expedia, Fox Sports and More

The city of New Orleans and New Orleans & Company (formerly the New Orleans CVB) have been recognized nationally for excellence. View a complete list of city accolades and New Orleans & Company awards below.

New Orleans is the No. 1 Music City in the USA
National Geographic Traveller UK's “Top 10 Music Cities in the USA”, May 2018.
Blue Nile - Kermit Ruffins WWOZ
Top 3 Place to travel every month of 2019
Business Insider's "The 3 best places to travel every month of 2019", December 2018.
St. Charles Avenue Streetcar
New Orleans is the No. 1 Foodie Vacation in the USA
based on TripAdvisor’s list of “10 Best Foodie Vacations in the USA”, May 2018.
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2019/2020 DESTINATION AWARDS AND HONORS

  • New Orleans was named the "South's Best Food City" by Southern Living, March 2020.
  • New Orleans won a Gold Travvy Award for "Best Culinary Destination in the USA", February 2020. 
  • New Orleans & Company won a Silver Travvy Award for "Best Tourist Board in the USA", February 2020. 
  • New Orleans & Company won Gold in the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Adrian Awards for the Tricentennial campaign 'The Big Easy Turns 300', January 2020.
  • Forbes included New Orleans as one of the "25 Best Places to Visit in 2020", December 2019. 
  • Conde Nast Traveler named New Orleans one of “the Best Places to Spend Christmas in the U.S.”, December 2019. 
  • New Orleans was named one of Insider’s “20 Most Festive Places to Spend the Holidays in the U.S.”, November 2019. 
  • Fodor’s included New Orleans in its list of “The Most Romantic U.S. Destinations to Spend the Holiday Season”
  • New Orleans was named the fourth best large city by Conde Nast Traveler's 2019 Readers' Choice Awards. 
  • New Orleans included on Newsweek’s “Best Christmas Vacations 2019: 10 Top Picks For Beach Escapes, City Breaks, Romantic Getaways”
  • TripAdvisor® named New Orleans a “Most Excellent City Overall”, October 2019.
  • Travel + Leisure named New Orleans the No.3 City in the United States in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2019.
  • TimeOut named New Orleans the No. 2 best city to visit in the United States in 2019.
  • Southern Living named New Orleans the No.3 city in "The South's Best Cities 2019" and the No.2 city in "The South's Best Food Cities 2019", March 2019. 
  • AFAR featured New Orleans on their "Where To Go In 2019" list, January 2019. 
  • Smarter Travel named New Orleans one of "The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Visit in 2019", December 2018.
  • Forbes included New Orleans on their list of "The 38 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2019", December 2018. 
  • Business Insider featured New Orleans on their list of "The 3 best places to travel every month of 2019", December 2018.
  • Fodor's included New Orleans on their "Fodor's Go List 2019", November 2018. 
  • Southern Living named New Orleans the No.3 city in "The South's Best Cities 2019" and the No.2 city in "The South's Best Food Cities 2019"

2018 DESTINATION AWARDS AND HONORS

  • TripAdvisor featured New Orleans on their list of "15 of the Best USA Trips to Take in Your Twenties", August 2018
  • The New Orleans School of Cooking's classes were named the No.2 experience in the United States and the No.6 experience in the world on the first-ever TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards, June 2018.
  • New Orleans is No.1 on TripAdvisor’s list of “10 Best Foodie Vacations in the USA”, May 2018.
  • New Orleans is No.5 on TripAdvisor's "10 Best Food Cities & Food Tours in the World", May 2018.
  • Expedia Viewfinder has named New Orleans one of the “Top-Rated Vacation Destinations in North America”, May 2018.   
  • National Geographic Traveller UK has named New Orleans No.1 on their list of of the “Top 10 Music Cities in the USA”, May 2018.
  • Fast Company has named New Orleans one of the "Best Cities for Biking in the U.S.", May 2018.
  • HometoGo has named New Orleans in their list of "Top 50 Cities for Nightlife", May 2018.
  • TripAdvisor has named New Orleans one of the "10 Best Food Cities in the World", April 2018.
  • Southern Living readers recognized New Orleans the "South's Best Food City" in their "South's Best" list, March 2018. 
  • TripExpert named New Orleans the "Best North American Destination" in their "Experts' Choice 2018", March 2018. 
  • Resonance and National Geographic have included New Orleans in their list of "America's Best Small Cities", January 2018.
  • The New York Times has featured New Orleans as their No.1 Destination on their list of "52 Places to Go in 2018", January 2018.
  • The Irish Times included New Orleans in their list of "52 Places to Visit in 2018", January 2018.
  • AARP has named New Orleans No.1 in their list of "Top U.S. Destinations for 2018", January 2018.
  • The Globe and Mail's "Top 12 Travel Destinations to Keep Your Sights on for 2018" features New Orleans, January 2018.
  • Expedia's Viewfinder Travel Blog has named New Orleans in the "18 Cities that Must be Seen in 2018", January 2018.
  • Thrillist has named New Orleans in their "18 Best Places to Go for a Big Trip in 2018", January 2018.
  • Robb Report's "Best Places to Travel in February" features New Orleans, January 2018.
  • Harper's Bazaar UK named New Orleans in their list of "Places Everyone Will be Going on Holiday in 2018", January 2018.
  • Travel + Leisure featured New Orleans in their roundup of "Best Places to Travel in the U.S. in February", January 2018.
  • Bloomberg included New Orleans in their list of "Where to Go in 2018", January 2018.
  • CNN Travel's "Best Vacation Spots for 2018" features New Orleans, January 2018.
  • The Los Angeles Times included New Orleans in their roundup of "Where are you Going in 2018", January 2018.
  • TripAdvisor Blog's "30 Top USA Cities to Visit in 2018" featured New Orleans, January 2018.

2017 DESTINATION AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Conde Nast Traveler's "Best Places to Travel in February" included New Orleans, December 2017.
  • ESSENCE released their "5 Beyonce- Inspired Trips You Should Take in 2018" with New Orleans included, December 2017.
  • New York Times featured New Orleans in the "10 Bargain Destinations for 2018", December 2017. 
  • Thrillist included New Orleans in their list of "Best Places to Travel in February", December 2017.
  • USA Today named New Orleans in their list places "Where US Travelers Will Explore in 2018", December 2017.
  • Associated Press included New Orleans in their "Where to Go in 2018" roundup, December 2017.
  • AAA Via Magazine included New Orleans on their "8 Great Places to Visit in 2018", December 2017.
  • Business Insider named New Orleans among the "13 Best Places to Travel in February", December 2017.
  • Architectural Digest named New Orleans one of the “10 Places with the Wildest New Year’s Celebrations on the Planet”, December 2017.
  • New Orleans was named one of Zagat’s “30 Most Exciting Food Cities in America,” December 2017.
  • TripAdvisor has named New Orleans one of the “20 Best Winter Sun Getaways America has to Offer”, December 2017.
  • Conde Nast Traveler named New Orleans No.5 of their “18 Best Places to Travel in 2018”, December 2017.
  • New Orleans was featured on Rough Guide’s list of destinations to visit in 2018, December 2017.
  • Travel + Leisure announced their “50 Best Places to Travel in 2018”, and New Orleans was named among the list of national and international destinations, December 2017.
  • Frommer's Travel Guides included New Orleans as one of the “Best Places to Go in 2018”, December 2017.
  • Influential travel blog, The Points Guy, included New Orleans on their “18 Amazing Places to Travel in 2018” list, December 2017.
  • USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice named New Orleans as a “Best Place to Ring in the New Year”, December 2017.
  • PopSugar.com named New Orleans one of “The World’s Top 10 Most Glamorous Cities to Ring in the New Year”, December 2017.
  • USNews.com highlighted the “Best Winter Getaway” destination in each state, naming New Orleans as the best getaway in Louisiana, December 2017.
  • Fodor's Travel listed New Orleans on their “Go List” as one of their 52 destinations to visit in 2018, November 2017. 
  • Garden & Gun named New Orleans one of the South’s 10 Best Food Towns in their October/November 2017 issue.
  • Galerie Magazine has named the Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans City Park one of the "World's 10 Most Beautiful Sculpture Parks", August 2017. 
  • TravelWeekly has named New Orleans one of the "United States' Best Music Experiences", July 2017. 
  • Food & Wine named New Orleans one of the Best Food Cities in the World in their July 2017 issue.
  • Travel + Leisure named New Orleans the No.4 City in the United States for the fourth consecutive year in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2017.
  • Conde Nast Traveler has named New Orleans' hotel, The Ace Hotel one of the "Best New Hotels in the World," April 2017.
  • TripAdvisor has named New Orleans one of the "Top Value Cities for an Epic Getaway," April 2017. 
  • Southern Living has named New Orleans one of the "South's Best Cities", March 2017.
  • Southern Living has named New Orleans' restaurant, Commander's Palace, the "South's Best Restaurant", March 2017. 
  • Expedia Viewfinder has named New Orleans one of the "Most Creative Places in America" as a part of their list of America's Most Artistic Towns, March 2017. 
  • TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has featured New Orleans on their list of "Valentine's Day Travel Ideas in the Most Romantic Cities", February 2017. 
  • Trivago has named New Orleans the No.2 "B&B Destination for Valentine's Travel" in the world, February 2017.
  • Fox Sports has named New Orleans the "Number One Super Bowl Host City", February 2017. 
  • Travel + Leisure has named New Orleans one of "America's Most Charming Cities", January 2017. 
  • TripAdvisor named New Orleans one of the "20 Best Girlfriend Getaways You Can Take Without a Passport", January 2017.