New Orleans is my favorite city in this country. The Southern Hospitality is taken to limits that are absolutely unheard of.
The food is also absolutely awesome.
There have been some news stories about high crime rates but I was there a little while ago and as long as you are paying attention the everything around you then you will likely be quite safe.
I am looking to go again at some point in January, February or March. Mardi Gras would be a great time but I want to go when it is hideously could here in the Northeast.
When I was there the last time it was in June and it is still a great city but it tends to get very warm from the spring over the summer.
It is an easy trip if you fly down or a bit more difficult when driving. If you fly out of Baltimore like I did the flight is just a few minutes over 2 hours. If you drive from here then it is about a 20-22 hour drive.
Here is a link a short video of a flight taking off from Baltimore at the end of January which is within the time frame I am interested in.
Following this is a link to a short video of a flight Landing in New Orleans from Baltimore.
I am truly looking forward to taking a vacation to a spot where my wife and I are unlikely to be freezing cold. I realize that New Orleans had some pretty cold weather during the polar vortexes over the last 2 years but even during them they were not anywhere near as cold as around here nor did they get the hideous snow storms that we had.
I am not sure exactly when this will happen but I am really looking forward to this. I wish I had the money to bring along my grand daughter. There is an incredibly fabulous zoo in New Orleans that she would absolutely be completely fascinated with.