Experience life in the Big Easy and beyond!
You can live in any city in America, but New Orleans is the only city that lives in you.
Day One, Sunday March 6th:
Flights into New Orleans. Time to get excited gals! Plan to arrive no later than 2:30. There will be an airport shuttle to our accommodations just outside the city. We'll have our meet and greet at 4:00 and then head out to the Big Easy for our first taste of Louisiana treats and time spent meandering the streets.
Day Two, Monday March 7th:
It's off to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve today. With any luck we'll run across some gators, see strange looking waterfowl, and get a leisurely walk within the swampy Mississippi River delta. A stop at the visitor center will bring insight into the life that inhabits the delta and the history of its formation. When we have had our fill of nature, we'll hop back into the van to spend the rest of the day enjoying the food, music, and shops of New Orleans. Make sure you build up an appetite as this city will thrill your taste buds. Tonight we stay within the heart of the Big Easy to allow more time for entertainment or to crash early. Meals: B
Day Three, Tuesday March 8th:
Did you know a world record holding bridge lies just north of New Orleans? After a hearty breakfast, we'll take a drive across the 23.83 mile expanse of Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Our destination is the quaint town of Covington to pick out our bikes for an afternoon of pedaling "The Trace". The Tammany Trace is Louisiana's premiere rail to trail. With 31 bridges and numerous small towns, there will be a plethora of photo ops along the way. Bike as far as you want! In addition, boutiques, tea houses, parks, breweries, restaurants, and museums will entice us to stop and play along the way. If our energy prevails after dropping off our bikes and having dinner, we can stroll or sit along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain as the southern sun slowly descends for another day. Meals: B
Day Four, Wednesday March 9th:
Today we head across another enormously long bridge for a truly southern experience: paddling kayaks through the eerily beautiful swamps. It's time to get up close and personal with wildlife, gators included. We'll have a guided tour to educate us in the flora and fauna of Louisiana bayous, swamps, and marshes. It will be a day to remember! But wait, we don't end our day there. After a bite to eat, it's off to a sugar cane plantation. What's a trip to Louisiana without a little history lesson and tour of a historic plantation? Meals: B
Day Five, Thursday March 10th:
Our aim for our last full day is to give back to the wonderfully warm people of Louisiana. The volunteer project will be based on the needs and direction of a local organization. We'll have the opportunity to give back on this trip and extend a hand to those who live in this warm weather playground! After our time of volunteering, we'll end our day with another visit to New Orleans for one last delicious southern meal and some toe tapping live music. Meals: B
Day Six, Friday March 11th:
Flights out of New Orleans. What?! The trip is over? We'll be going home with a newfound love of the south and its hospitable people along with memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Meals: B