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Where to Find the Best Views in New Orleans
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Madigan Talmage-Bowers is a writer based in Denver, Colorado. She has also lived in Italy, San Francisco, and New York City, where she studied media theory at the New School. She loves introducing her kids to ancient history, local art, hiking trails, and new foods on adventures around the globe.

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New Orleans may not have the dramatic hills or lofty towers of other locales, but there are plenty of ways to appreciate the below-sea-level layout of this city built on a bayou. From the banks of the Mississippi to the inside of a helicopter, here’s where to catch the best views of the Big Easy.


Riverview at Audubon Park

For views over the river.

Known to locals as “The Fly,” this grassy park sandwiched between the Audubon Zoo and the Mississippi offers unobstructed views of the river and levee. Bring a picnic and find a patch of shade after a visit to the zoo or aquarium.

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Steamboat Natchez

For quintessential New Orleans views.

Hop aboard this vintage paddle wheeler for a trip down the mighty Mississippi River, taking in views of the riverbanks and Jackson Square along the way. Book a jazz dinner cruise to savor a Creole buffet and watch the city lights go by.

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Enjoy a Steamboat Natchez dinner cruise. Photo: Alex Washburn / Viator

Sightseeing flights

For aerial panoramas.

For the ultimate view of New Orleans, soar over the city in a small plane or helicopter. There’s no better way to appreciate the snaking curve of the Mississippi River, the Superdome, and surrounding bayous. Opt for a night flight to see the city lights contrasting against the darkened swamps.

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Jackson Square

For city center vistas.

Anchoring the French Quarter, this historic square is bordered by the Mississippi River, the triple steeples of St. Louis Cathedral, and the historic Cabildo and Presbytère buildings. Find a quiet spot among the greenery and soak it all in. Nearly all French Quarter walking tours include a stop here.

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Jackson Square is one of New Orleans' best sightseeing spots. Photo: Viator

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Hi, I'm Madigan!

Madigan Talmage-Bowers is a writer based in Denver, Colorado. She has also lived in Italy, San Francisco, and New York City, where she studied media theory at the New School. She loves introducing her kids to ancient history, local art, hiking trails, and new foods on adventures around the globe.

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