Destination guide

A room with a vieux _ New Orleans back in time

The French Quarter is also known as Vieux Carre, or Old Quarter. It's hard to believe now, but this little half-mile square was the entire city of New Orleans when the French planned it in the early 18th century. Many of the buildings lining the narrow streets feature the ornate ironwork and balconies that make New Orleans architecture famous. Celebrated for its Bourbon St. bars and Mardi Gras festivities, the neighborhood is also a treat for historians, shoppers, and anyone looking for a cocktail, a beignet, or a beautifully historic French Quarter vacation rental.

Things to do

History, art, and culture made easy in the Big Easy

The historic attractions in the vicinity of your French Quarter vacation rental are too numerous to name, but the Old U.S. Mint is a good start. This building is the only mint to have printed both U.S. and Confederate currency, and it now hosts exhibits on local history and culture. The Museum Cabildo is another can't-miss. Once the seat of New Orleans' Spanish colonial government, this graceful building displays works such as an 1839 self-portrait by Julien Hudson, a "free man of color" who worked as a professional artist in the city.


A tour of the Quarter is a true tour de force

Tours of the French Quarter are as unique as the neighborhood itself. "Walking tour" sounds too pedestrian? Try a walking cocktail tour of some of New Orleans' famous bars and learn the origins of drinks like the Sazerac, Pimm's Cup, and Southern Comfort, all invented here. If you have kids in tow and need more flexible timing, the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour will take you to museums, shops, and one of the city's picturesque and only slightly spooky St. Louis Cemeteries. For journeys farther afield (or a-bayou), sign up for a bayou airboat ride.


A humid climate as hot as the music scene

If the cold makes you quake, you won't have to worry about comfort in your French Quarter vacation rental. The humid, subtropical climate makes for hot summers and mild winters. In summer, temps can hit the 90s by midday, so pack your hat and breathable clothing - there's too much to do in the Quarter to let humidity slow you down. Winter lows can dip into the 40s. Be aware of the run up to Mardi Gras and the carnival itself in February. Prices and crowds climb as the festival approaches.

Natural features

Enjoy a riverfront stroll or a romp with local alligators

The French Quarter is known more for its parties than its parklands, but locals and visitors alike love strolling along the Mississippi riverfront, where you'll see ships, ferries, and shorebirds. For a more intense experience with Mother Nature, the marshes and bayous surrounding the Quarter have you covered. Take in the sight of aquatic flowers like purple water hyacinths and water lilies, and point your binoculars at the 340 bird species in the area. When marsh waters are high, visitors can spot snakes and alligators. Just remember to keep a safe distance!

How to get there

Traveling to and around French Quarter

Fly into New Orleans, LA (MSY-Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.7 mi (18.9 km) from the city center.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to French Quarter?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in French Quarter:

  • Bourbon Street: 1,085 vacation rentals
  • Faubourg Marigny: 570 vacation rentals
  • Warehouse District: 1,272 vacation rentals
  • Downtown CBD: 1,209 vacation rentals
  • Esplanade Ridge: 282 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to French Quarter?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in French Quarter. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • New Orleans Musical Legends Park: 2,737 vacation rentals
  • Jackson Square: 2,756 vacation rentals
  • French Market: 2,463 vacation rentals
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park: 2,755 vacation rentals
  • Historic New Orleans Collection: 2,741 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around French Quarter listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in French Quarter?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 213 Houses in French Quarter. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in French Quarter include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 839 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Villas: 23 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in French Quarter?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 258 vacation rentals with pool available in French Quarter. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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