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6 Famous Landmarks in New Orleans to Visit with City Sightseeing

Summer is a great time to explore new locations (or fall back in love with the places you’ve already seen). That’s why City Sightseeing New Orleans offers a variety of Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours of the Big Easy. With a schedule that hits each stop in 25-minute increments, Hop On Hop Off New Orleans tours are a great way to explore the city in a way that works best for you.
Whether you’re interested in historical landmarks or neighborhoods known for their retail and cuisine options, there’s bound to be a City Sightseeing NOLA stop that conjures up a little tingle of excitement. Although there are literally hundreds of significant places to explore, here are 6 famous landmarks in New Orleans to visit when you book a tour with City Sightseeing.

Jackson Square

Located in the center of the French Quarter, Jackson Square is a National Historic Landmark that attracts millions of annual visitors. Previously named the Place d’Armes, the square was officially renamed to Jackson Square in 1851 as a memento to Andrew Jackson’s storied victory in the War of 1812’s Battle of New Orleans against British armed forces. Just across from Jackson Square you’ll find two state museums – The Cabildo and The Presbytère, and the majestic St. Louis Cathedral. With a beautiful view of the Mississippi River, street performances, and local artists, Jackson Square is one of the best places to soak in the historical and cultural essence of NOLA.
Disembark at Jackson Square (Stop 1) while riding on a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off New Orleans Tour.

The National World War II Museum

Founded in 2000 and designated America’s official National World War II Museum in 2004, this institution focuses on highlighting the United States’ contribution to the Allied war effort. With a particular emphasis on D-Day — the date when joint Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944 — the National World War II Museum features an array of aircraft and interactive exhibits appropriate for guests of all ages.
Disembark at The National WWII Museum at 945 Magazine Street (Stop 10) while riding on a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off New Orleans Tour.

Historic Garden District

Developed between the early 1830s and the turn of the 20th century, the Garden District is a 19-block stretch running St. Charles Avenue to Magazine Street and Jackson Avenue to Toledano Street. This historic neighborhood t is renowned for the many elegant mansions that reflect some of the city’s wealthiest periods. Built on former plantations, the area was attractive to Americans searching for opulent homes outside of the French Quarter. For architectural enthusiasts, the neighborhoods making up the Garden District are filled with Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne style homes. Notable landmarks to search out include the Buckner Mansion (known as the American Horror Story house) and the Bosworth-Hammond Mansion.
Disembark at the Garden District (Stops 11 – 15) while riding on a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off New Orleans Tour. Hop Off at Stop 12 for a Guided Garden District Walking Tour (with the purchase of a 2-Day or 3-Day ticket)

Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

Looking for a unique way to see the Big Easy? Take a relaxing ride on a historic paddlewheeler down the Mighty Mississippi River with unparalleled views of New Orleans! This traditional vessel provides an authentic and comfortable cruise that evokes the feel of 19th-century New Orleans. With its recognizable 24-foot red paddlewheel, the Creole Queen offers a daytime cruise to the Chalmette Battlefield with a one-hour excursion or a lively evening jazz cruise. Whether you’re a jazz enthusiast, a history buff, or just looking for a unique experience, a cruise on the Mississippi River should be on your bucket list when visiting the Big Easy!
Disembark at the Riverfront at Harrah’s Casino — Convention Center Blvd. & Poydras (Stop 7) while riding on a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off New Orleans Tour.

Hotel Monteleone

Built in 1886, the Hotel Monteleone is the oldest standing hotel in the French Quarter (and, by extension, one of the nation’s oldest). Antonio Monteleone, an immigrant from Sicily, established the recognizable Baroque building that became a favorite of literary giants like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner. Today, the hotel’s Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge offers guests a unique experience with its (literal) revolving bar that completes one revolution every 15 minutes.
Disembark at the Sheraton Hotel (Stop 6) while riding on a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off New Orleans Tour. The Hotel Monteleone is about a 5-minute walk from Stop 6.


As the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States, Tremé carries a rich historical legacy as a home for free persons of color and former enslaved individuals who had purchased their freedom. With a highly diverse culinary scene, several award-winning chefs have established restaurants in the area, and live music events are a frequent outdoor staple. Visit during one of the many annual festivals to get the full cultural Tremé experience.
Disembark at Rampart & Ursulines Ave. (Stop 4) while riding on a City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off New Orleans Tour.
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For visitors, these 5 events are a mere sample of the many things to do in New Orleans in May and June. With City Sightseeing New Orleans, you can take advantage of our accessible Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours to explore the city’s rich history and participate in its diverse array of events. For more information on booking a City Sightseeing Tour or transportation option, click here.