The Best of Travel Guide Apps: New Orleans Edition

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With its unique combination of Cajun culture, distinctly ornate architecture, and characteristic festive rhythms resonating through its streets, there's no place quite like New Orleans. The city has been making a steady swing back to her former glory, and the Big Easy can offer one big non-stop party getaway for vacationers and design lovers alike...

Getting Around & Accommodations

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Left: The Streetcar App - Right: New Orleans Official Visitor Guide

The Streetcar App - iOS
While in New Orleans, I highly recommend hopping onto the St. Charles streetcar for both transportation and a slice of history. The St. Charles streetcar line is the oldest operating system in America, and each car in itself is a working part of history whose tracks travel through the University District and ends at the edge of the French Quarter. The Streetcar App is the perfect companion to navigate arrival times, fare, and attractions surrounding the line. $1 - Also available for Android

New Orleans Official Visitor's Guide - iOS
Put together by the city of New Orleans, the Official Visitors Guide covers a broad array of what the city has to offer in a magazine style layout, listing the live music scene, can’t-miss spots in the French Quarter, and other surrounding neighborhoods. The guide's directory and city map are all useful while playing tourist. Free - Similar and available for Android: New Orleans City Guide below.

City Maps & Shopping Guide

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Left: New Orleans GPS Guide - Right: Go NOLA

New Orleans GPS Guide - iOS
New Orleans GPS Guide is the equivalent of an information fortified digital compass, offering more than tourist navigation details. Restaurants, historical points of interests, and even increasingly important wi-fi hotspots are all searchable using this GPS equipped app. Users can also download the offline map to guarantee that roaming charges won't follow them back home. $2

Go NOLA - Android
The official visitor's guide to New Orleans has everything users could possibly want at their fingertips. Celebrity narrated walking tours offer an amusing touch, while the guide also serves up dining destinations, accomodation options, and of course, a complete list of places to shop at the concourse, from the French Quarter to the Garden District. The Official Guide app is free, so it's highly recommended to keep the app loaded for any first time visitor. Free - Also available for iOS

Tourist Attractions

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Left: Historic New Orleans - Right: Official Paranormal Guide to New Orleans

Historic New Orleans - iOS
New Orleans' history is as rich as its foods, and this app will provide a visual journey of photos documenting New Orleans history as far back as the early 20th century. With the help of augmented reality you'll be able to see how New Orleans used to look while pointing your iOS or Android device at certain locations. Each historic photo includes a record from the online catalogue detailing when they were taken and its notable heritage. Free - Also available for Android

Official Paranormal Guide to New Orleans - iOS
Voodoo culture and the city's spiritual reputation has long drawn ghost hunters and lovers of the paranormal to New Orleans. Those brave enough can seek the city's various spooky hotspots using this Official Paranormal Guide which spotlights actualISPR (International Society for Paranormal Research) investigations. Each location is matched up with its historical background, related photos, and experts debunking fallacies or confirming the curious. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the app offers a fascinating read. $2

Wine & Dine

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Left: LocalEats - Right: Drink Deck

LocalEats - Android
The well-known LocalEats service covers New Orleans' wide range of casual eateries to more expensive and finer dining establishments. LocalEats is fantastic for finding a distinctly New Orleans experience, whether it's a Cajun gumbo along the Mississippi, a satisfying po'boy, or a fine supper amongst the manicured patrons at Galatoire's you're seeking. $1 - Also available for iOS

Drink Deck - iOS
Although this app costs $10, Drink Deck is essentially a coupon book for some of the most recommended restaurants in the Big Easy. That means after a few meals, Drink Deck pays for itself. Choose from 52 bars and eateries in districts and venues across New Orleans. $10 - Also available for Android

Nightlife & Travel Necessities

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Left: New Orleans' Best Bars - Right: NetStash

New Orleans' Best Bars - iOS
If there's anything New Orleans is known for, it's the city's nightlife. Home to many traditional and new jazz clubs and swanky bars, one could easily spend their whole stay jumping from venue to bar to venue for days without repeating. Discovering a good place however can be a bit tricky without the right resources. That's where New Orleans Best Bars comes in, advertising suggestions ranging "from gritty dives with funky brass bands" to "historic bars mixing pre-Prohibition cocktails." $2

NetStash - iOS
As pointed out by a helpful reader in a previous Seattle-centric apps roundup, NetStash is great for those long waits at the airport or where an internet connection just isn't an option. You can download entire websites for offline reading and browsing ahead of time at your discretion. This is a fantastic idea especially for those with restless thumb syndrome and for traveling where an internet connection isn't guaranteed. Free

(Images: Jason Rodway; as linked above)