Anthony Bourdain once said there is no city on Earth like New Orleans. He said in order to understand it, you have to go there. A small-town feel in a major city, New Orleans is a cosmopolitan of Southern, Creole, African-American, Irish, Italian and French cultures. Host to the best food and music in the world, NOLA is a temptress to those who want to spoil the ear and tongue. Influencers living in or visiting New Orleans have hundreds of places to illustrate their escapades to their followers. The city’s often-neglected sites are some of the most picturesque and uniquely Southern.
1. Sazerac House
Sazerac House is essentially a Southern liquor museum. It includes the history of drink in the South and the journey liquor has taken since America’s founding. It covers Prohibition-era America and into modern times. The museum is interactive and they serve you drinks as you walk through. Beyond the fun you can have within, it’s a gorgeous building in the French Quarter. Inside and outside, it’s extremely photogenic. The walls’ liquor casings, the massive windows, and the beautiful architecture make it impressive both to witness and to photograph. Not only can you have fun, especially with friends, but you can get work done as well. It’s a great place to show off some of New Orleans’ best.
2. Bayou Segnette Park
At a New Orleans campsite, you can bring a tent and stay there overnight. You can bring friends for a cookout and have a shrimp broil. You can canoe among the swamplands (there are even alligators!!!) and hike among the trees. There are floating cabins on the Bayou for visitors to stay in overnight. It’s right on the water and you can even rent a boat. If ever you’ve played Zoo Tycoon, it looks exactly like the marshland habitats in the game. It’s beautiful, murky, and has spindling trees and tall grass that look straight out of Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s an understated park with countless unique and distinctly Southern features. When so many outdoorsy pictures are set in traditional campgrounds or in major cities, the Louisiana Bayou sets you apart.
3. Hermann-Grima House
Another building in the French Quarter, the Hermann-Grima house fits perfectly into New Orleans’ stereotypical architecture. Its Creole Townhouse design looks straight out of Princess and The Frog and is almost 200 years old. It’s restored as new but still has mid-19th century designs. The house’s furniture is comfortable, beautiful, and unlike anything usually seen on Instagram. It’s perfect for influencers who want to set themselves apart from what’s typically seen while embracing Creole culture. The gates on the balcony are characteristic of New Orleans, weaving together revivalist architecture and make the perfect background or photo for your feed. The gardens outside are beautiful and maintained, with small decorative trees. They look fantastic in the background of any picture. Reportedly, the house has ghosts, so be cautious!
4. Piazza d’Italia
An almost abandoned public outdoor plaza, Piazza d’Italia had huge hopes for the New Orleans’ developers. In the ‘70s, when it was built, it was hoped that the plaza would bring residents to spend money and commemorate the plight of Italian immigrants, who had come to New Orleans in droves but had not seen the cultural impact the French or Spanish had. Though construction had finished in 1978, it saw a steep and steady decline in visitors since. Recent renovations repurposed the plaza for viewers. But, for the most part, is empty. Regardless, its colorful and Mediterranean architecture is unlike anywhere else in America. Its emptiness is part of its charm, it’s haunting, and there’s endless space to take great pictures, of yourself, your clients, or the setting.
5. New Orleans Jazz Museum
Hello!?! What is a trip to New Orleans without commemoration for jazz? The museum is a beautiful, red brick, Federal-style building that looks great even on overcast days. Within the museum are massive, fabulous Creole and African-American style outfits, grand white pianos, and a variety of horns. There’s a small performing stage where musicians play. Outside are a variety of bronze statues of different players or jazz depictions. Filled with jazz-centric art that focuses on Black performers through the last hundred years, the museum loves attention. Overall, there are countless pictures to take inside and out, focusing both on yourself or the music/art/history within and outside the museum.
One of the most unique and fun places on earth, New Orleans hosts an abundance of places to photograph and enjoy yourself. There’s no lack of beautiful architecture, wildlife, fauna, color, and people to show on Instagram.
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