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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to New Orleans

Peak Season: February to May

Spring is New Orleans’ busiest time thanks to mild weather and Jazz Fest, which takes place during the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. Mardi Gras and Carnival take over the entire city in February, causing many traditional attractions to close and prices to rise dramatically. Avoid the beaded revelers, and you’ll discover why New Orleans is one of our Top 10 Quick Spring Getaways.

Off Season: June to October

The summer in New Orleans is often sweltering because of heat and humidity, but low hotel rates welcome those who are ready to experience the true Bayou. Hurricane season runs from July to October, so keep abreast of the weather if you choose to travel during these months.

Sweet Spot: November to January

Daytime temperatures in the mid-70s and fewer crowds make fall a comfortable time of year to visit New Orleans. Winter is also quiet and less crowded, though New Year’s Eve draws crowds who come for the fireworks and the fleur-de-lis drop (celebrated in the same vein as the Times Square ball drop).

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