Details: New Orleans
Delta offers one-stop flights from BWI Marshall to New Orleans with fares starting at $211.
WHERE TO STAY
JW Marriott New Orleans
614 Canal St.
In the French Quarter, close to the bars and restaurants that draw most tourists. Nightly rates from $129.
The Roosevelt New Orleans
123 Baronne St.
A grand historic hotel with crystal chandeliers and gilded columns in the lobby. Rooms from $159.
WHERE TO EAT
Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur St.
Open 24 hours, famous for its beignets. $2.35 for three beignets; cafe au lait starts at $2.35.
Cafe Rose Nicaud
632 Frenchmen St.
Serves sandwiches, salads and coffee. Sandwiches from $4.95, salads from $7.95.
900 Bourbon St.
A 24-hour diner in the French Quarter that serves a mean burger and a breakfast with sass. Burgers from $5.49, egg breakfasts from $3.79.
Li'l Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave.
Daily breakfast and lunch buffet features fried chicken, pork chops, gumbo and bread pudding. The buffet is $13.99 per person on weekdays; $15.99 on weekends.
Willie Mae's Scotch House
2401 Saint Ann St.
Named for a Scotch-and-milk drink it used to serve. Sells some of the best fried chicken in New Orleans. Fried chicken (three pieces of chicken with one side) is $10.
WHAT TO DO
532 Frenchmen St.
The first music venue along Frenchmen Street when it opened as the Dream Palace in the 1970s. Cover charge $10.
626 Frenchmen St.
Ellis Marsalis is among the jazz artists who regularly play at this club and restaurant. There's no cover for the bar, where you can sometimes hear some of the music wafting out. Tickets for the music room range from $15 to $30.
800 Lesseps St.
This little bar in the Bywater neighborhood has drawn musicians including Mick Jagger and Harry Connick Jr. Check out Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers from 9 p.m. on Thursday nights. Cover charge $10.