New Orleans Rv Camping | Experience the Big Easy

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Are you planning on a New Orleans RV trip? Looking for an Rv park nearby? Here we share our New Orleans Rv camping adventure. Along with some of the lessons we learned. We have also included a review of the Rv park we enjoyed. 

Our New Orleans Rv camping trip was unlike our other adventures. Most of our travels center around the National Parks, and we often spend our time hiking and exploring the outdoors. This was our first trip planned around a big city. 

Thankfully,  we were able to work the National Parks into this park. As you will see we visited a few National Park Sites in the French Quarter. 

Our Rv season typically starts during the kid’s April school vacation week. After surviving the long New England winters we typically choose to head for warmer climates. Our April vacation week has included  Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, and the Outer Banks. You can read more about our other spring break destinations on our Spring Break Destinations blog post.

This particular April it was time for the Big Easy. 

We made some amazing lifelong memories while in the Big Easy. Of course, making lifetime memories is the reason we travel in an Rv with our kids. 

New Orleans Rv Camping 

New Orleans RV Resort & Marina
New Orleans RV Resort & Marina

New Orleans RV Resort & Marina  

When New Orleans Rv camping there are a couple of different places to stay. New Orleans is a big city so the campgrounds are somewhat limited. However, there are a few different options nearby. 

After researching Rv parks we decided to stay at the New Orleans RV Resort & Marina. We were not disappointed. 

The New Orleans RV Resort sits right on the waterfront and is only minutes away from the famous French Quarter. Getting to the campground was fairly simple. The RV park is only 3 miles off of Interstate 10, and easy to find.

This Rv Park offers a free shuttle to the French Quarter which was the selling point for us. The shuttle runs multiple times throughout the day, takes you right from the RV park to the corner of Toulouse Street and Decatur Street in the French Quarter.

This stop is right in front of Cafe Beignet. During our stay, we started every morning with their famous beignets and coffee. If you visit the French Quarter we highly recommend visiting this famous cafe and must try a fresh beignet.

Our stay at the New Orlean RV Resort was extremely enjoyable. The sites were clean, and not too close to each other. There is a bar and grill on-site that provides great evening music and entertainment. When looking back we really have nothing negative to say about our time at this amazing RV park. It was a great Rv park with easy transportation to New Orleans.

Exploring the French Quarter

The Corner Oyster House | New Orleans
The Corner Oyster House | New Orleans

The French Quarter of New Orleans is a magical place. It is surrounded by lour, music, and history. 

We spent mos of our New Orleans rv camping trip visiting the French Quarter. This is because it’s the only place the shuttle went to! 

We learned there is so much more to New Orleans, and someday we will return to see the rest of this great city.

One of the great things about the French Quarter is the variety and abundance of food. We decided to have a large family meal one night at the Corner Oyster House. This amazing restaurant and grill sits right on the corner of St. Peter and Decatur streets, and it did not disappoint. We had everything from pizza, to crawfish, to alligator, to creole jambalaya.

Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo

Marie Laveaus Housse Of Voodoo | The French Quarter
Marie Laveaus Housse Of Voodoo | The French Quarter

In addition to its food, the French Quarter is also famous for its rich history related to the world of VooDoo. We paid a visit to Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo. This is an interesting stop and a great place to learn about the history of VooDoo in New Orleans.

Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo Information

The museum and shop are located on Bourbon Street in the former home of the second Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

VOODOO QUEEN MARIE LAVEAU II — the daughter of the first Voodoo Queen of New Orleans — was known for her wild rituals in the swamps around New Orleans.

You can visit Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo Sunday to Thursday from 10 am to 11:30 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 1:30 am. 

Free admission and guided tour of the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum — see historic voodoo relics, paintings, sculptures, and other artifacts.

 

St. Louis Cemetery #1

Above Ground Tomb St Louis Cemetary #1
Above Ground Tomb St Louis Cemetary #1

Another must-see is the Saint Louis Cemetery #1. This cemetery is home to the grave of the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The Saint Louis Cemetery #1 opened in 1789 and has a long history. The cemetery is owned and managed by the Catholic Diocese of New Orleans, and is closed to the general public. However, there are a few tour companies allowed to give guided tours of the cemetery. In our opinion, this is money well spent. The cemetery is home to many famous people, and many historic New Orleans figures. 

Nicholas Cage Tomb
Nicholas Cage Tomb

St Louis Cemetery No. 1 Facts

Opened in 1789 it is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans

The burial place of Marie Laveau, the infamous Voodoo Queen. She was known all over the city as the go-to woman to solve varying issues from cheating lovers to thieves. There are countless legends and even songs about her intimidating powers.

Nicolas Cage has a 9-ft tall tomb in the shape of a pyramid in the cemetery. The only words to grace the stucco and brick is the Latin phrase, Omnia ab Uno, which translates roughly to “all for one” or “everything for one.”

Not open to the public and is accessible only via guided, licensed tours,

 

New Orleans National Park Sites

New orleans Jazz NHP
New orleans Jazz NHP

The first NP site we stopped at was the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. This is a small site that documents the history of Jazz, and its roots in New Orleans. They have live performances throughout the day and offer free jazz history walking tours.

Also in the French Quarter, you will find a visitor center for the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. This park and preserve are spread out amongst six different sites throughout southern Louisiana. It preserves, and teaches the history of the diverse Mississippi River delta region.

A Unique Tour of the French Quarter & A Stranger We Will Never Forget

Our Tour Guide Michael | French Quarter
Our Tour Guide Michael | French Quarter

This is an awesome story of how people’s lives can intersect at certain times, for a short period, and have lasting effects.

We were in the French Quarter until early evening. As the evening went on the area was changing into one of the adult-centered nightlife. Having our young children with us we knew that Bourbon St. at night was not a place for them.

At some point, I had asked someone I met on the sidewalk where we should go to get away from Bourbon St. Immediately this stranger told us to head to Frenchman St.

This is when we met Michael.

Michael was a complete stranger, whom we met on the sidewalk in the early evening. I asked him how to get to the Frenchman and his answer was “Follow me, and let me show you how to get there”.

We spent the rest of the evening following Michael, listening to his stories of New Orleans, and laughing.

At one point we wandered through an intersection when we were suddenly stopped by an upset group of people. We had unknowingly wandered into the middle of a scene of NCIS New Orleans being shot in the streets.

The Frenchman is three miles from Bourbon St. I would swear we walked more than three miles following this stranger. Finally, we arrived at the Dat Dog restaurant on Frenchman St.

Dat Dog Restaurant | New Orleans
Dat Dog Restaurant | New Orleans

At that one moment in time, on a sidewalk in New Orleans, our lives intersected with a stranger. This was a man we had never met before. 

Ultimately we had an evening we will never forget, led by a man we will never meet again.

Cape Cod to New Orleans | An Adventure Itself 

Part of our goal while traveling is to see as much of the country as possible. This includes stopping at unique roadside attractions along the way.

There is so much to see while traveling the country. Therefore, we try to take maximize all our time while on the road. This trip south to New Orleans was no different.

Without question, the path from point A to point B is just as much a part of the adventure as the final destination is. In addition to the great sites in New Orleans, we saw a couple of other awesome sites on this adventure. 

Endless Caverns | New Market Virginia

Endless Caverns | New Market Virginia
Endless Caverns | New Market Virginia

Our first stop was at the Endless Caverns Campground in New Market, Virginia. This campground offers beautiful views and well-kept sites with full Rv hookups.

Endless Caverns is nestled in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley and is easily accessible from Interstate 81. From Interstate 81, take Exit 257 and turn north onto Route 11 going towards New Market.  Continue for approximately 4 miles, and turn right at the signs onto Endless Caverns Road. Continue 1 1/2 miles into the campground.

While staying here make sure to take advantage of the underground cavern tour. The tour cost is reduced to $17/adults and $9 for children with a campground reservation.

The underground tours are led by experienced tour guides and last approximately 75 minutes. You will be guided through many of the caverns, and learn about the history of these underground rooms. The underground cavern tours are a must if staying here.

We strongly recommend adding the Endless Caverns campground to your list of places to visit when traveling through the Shenandoah Valley.

Endless Caverns Facts

Caverns were discovered in October 1879

Early cave tours were done by candlelight

1919 electricity was added and reopened for tours 1920

The current mapped extent of Endless Caverns is 5.5 miles.

 Endless Caverns is the 20th longest cave in Virginia

The deepest measured point is 160 feet below the surface.

Includes a campground with full Rv hookups.

The Georgia Guidestones | Elbert County, Georgia

Marcus & Bryce | Georgia Guidestones
Marcus & Bryce | Georgia Guidestones

As with all our travels, we are constantly on the lookout for unique, or strange roadside attractions.  You learn about a few other Roadside Attractions we have visited in our blog post. Our New Orleans Rv camping trip was no different, and we hit it big in Georgia. A friend had mentioned the Georgia Guidestones once, and we decided this would be the time to visit.

The Georgia Guidestones have been surrounded by mystery and mystique since they were erected. There are also numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the monument, and what it represents.

Our stop here was rather quick. The Guidestones are located alone in a large field off of Georgia Highway 77. There is a small parking area off to the side, and you can just walk up to the stones. We stayed for approximately 45 minutes before we started the last leg of our journey to New Orleans.

Georgia Guidestones Facts 

A granite monument erected in 1980 in Elbert County, Georgia.

Construction commissioned in June 1979 by a man using the pseudonym R. C. Christian

In the center stands one slab, with four other granite slabs arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned.

Ten guidelines are inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages

A shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts.

Conclusion 

New Orleans is one of the great historical cities in America everyone should try to visit. If you are traveling through the south in your Rv we highly recommend topping here. New Orleans Rv camping is a great way to enjoy what NOLA has to offer. 

Pontchartrain Landing RV Resort & Marina is a great Rv park when visiting the area. They offer free transportation and have plenty to do on-site. 

We will be visiting someday again in the future to see more that New Orleans has to offer. 

We love to hear from our followers. Please leave a comment below. 

Have you ever visited New Orleans? Did you make it to the French Quarter? Do you have any great NOLA stories to share? Is there more you would like to know about this amazing city? 

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