Top 10 Steampunk Vacations: #7: New Orleans

Fortunately for our next travel destination, the locals have already rallied the troops to create their own Steampunk group, the Steampunk Americans. I’m not sure how active they remain, but they have paved the way for time travelers.

New Orleans is home to a whirlwind of culture and–of course–the original steam cruise liners.

You can cruise aboard the 9th iteration of the famous Steamboat Natchez, for $40-75/person if you cruise with jazz and dinner.

Bob Dylan said of New Orleans: “The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds – the cemeteries – and they’re a cold proposition, one of the best things there are here. Going by, you try to be as quiet as possible, better to let them sleep. Greek, Roman, sepulchres- palatial mausoleums made to order, phantomesque, signs and symbols of hidden decay – ghosts of women and men who have sinned and who’ve died and are now living in tombs. The past doesn’t pass away so quickly here.
You could be dead for a long time”

On that beautiful note, explore the Saint Louis Cemetery, with graves dating back as far as 1789. The eerie collision of culture will only be sweetened by a late moonlit stroll and the telling of ghost stories. Some claim New Orleans is the most haunted city in the U.S.

What is a visit to a reputably seedy city without a good dip into the adult nightlife? Check out Bourbon Street’s revival of the Victorian Era Burlesque with Bustout Burlesque.

The French Quarter is a beautiful location for a walking tour, with buildings dating back to 1715. Of particular note is Jackson’s Square, and stop at Antoine’s (the oldest family-run restaurant in the U.S., established in 1840). While you are wandering the French Quarter, search for clues to the real identity of the pirate Laffitte.

Meanwhile, because I am obligated to send you off to educational locations, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum is a good stop, and currently they are running some jazz programming. The Confederate Memorial Hall is another choice stop for those curious about the Civil War dispute.

Wrap up your trip with dessert–or afternoon tea. The Grill Room offers a delightful afternoon tea. Cure your sweet tooth with a visit to the French Bakery Croissant D’Or, or stop by Angelo Brocato for proper Italian desserts. Why not enjoy your trip to the decadent city?

What Steampunk adventure would be complete without a visit to a clock tower? Check out The Clocktower. The link is to an article about the home renovation, although I haven’t been able to find any details about visiting. Many of the cemeteries in the area also sport clocktowers.

This article doesn’t even touch on visiting during the Mardi Gras, but I hope you will explore N’Orleans (and savor the local food) with flare.

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