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Jackson Square – French Quarter

New Orleans:
Top-10 Place to Travel In January

New Orleans was recently named as one of the Top-10 Places to Travel In January [in the entire world] by Afar magazine.

Winter Travel to New Orleans

Experience One-of-a-Kind Culture and Leave the Parka and Snow Boots Behind

Looking for the perfect place to travel this winter? Look no further than New Orleans. Leading up to the holidays, New Orleans is a-glow with spirited celebrations, one-of-a-kind traditions, and plenty of cheer. Come New Year’s Eve, the city takes on an electrifying energy to ring in the new year, and then we quickly get over our post-holiday blues by welcoming what many New Orleanians think of as the hap-happiest season of all–Mardi Gras.

Justen Williams, New Orleans & Co.
Drinks and Music at the Peacock Room – Kimpton Hotel Fontenot New Orleans

While Mardi Gras Day falls on February 13 this year, Carnival season kicks off on January 6 with a slew of quirky traditions, convivial gatherings, and, of course, lots of king cake. If you’ve always wanted to experience Fat Tuesday for yourself, or if you’re more interested in getting a feel for the way locals eat, sleep, and breathe the most New Orleans of all celebrations in the weeks leading up to the big day, there’s a Mardi Gras for everyone–and all are welcome.

Whether you want to escape frigid temperatures at home, or you're just looking for an easy and unforgettable getaway that allows for maximum exploration and truly unique experiences, New Orleans beckons with mild temperatures, culinary delights both new and old, and a celebratory atmosphere that promises to set the bar high as you kick off a new year of new adventures.

But don't just take our word for it: New Orleans was recently named as one of the Top-10 Places to Travel In January [in the entire world] by Afar magazineTake a look below at some of our top things to do in January and find out why.

Exploring New Orleans’ French Quarter
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Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Where to Eat this Winter in New Orleans
Chandelier Bar at Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans
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