Should visitors rent a car in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato

Visitors, especially those coming to New Orleans for the first time and staying in the French Quarter, would be well advised to skip the car rental and take advantage of the streetcar system for points of interest from cemeteries to the aquarium. Many hotels offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. If yours does not, a taxicab from Armstrong Airport will run roughly $25 one way. A new ordinance requires taxis all to be equipped to take credit card payments.

Once you arrive at your hotel, ask the concierge for a clearly marked map of the French Quarter grid. He or she will get you started with local points of interest and neighborhood recommendations.

New Orleans has one of the finest streetcar systems in the United States. Pedicabs, carriages, and other unique modes of travel are also excellent options. Traversing the French Quarter on foot is a great way to take in street musicians, shopping, food and culture.

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