New Orleans is certainly one of America’s classic cities, with a rare combination of being very touristy and very cool at the same time. The French influences have contributed to this being one of the world’s great food cities as well.
Generally speaking, New Orleans is one of the cheaper of the major tourist cities in the United States, except for Mardi Gras week when hotels understandably double or triple prices. The rest of the year this is a city that provides great value for visitors, with great meals available even in lower price ranges.
There’s plenty of attractions and things to do that are free or very cheap, so it’s not necessary to spend a fortune during the day. What’s more, heavy competition along Bourbon Street and other nightlife districts have meant that happy hour deals and other drink specials are abundant, so this is a good city for drinkers on a budget.