Stretching from the Mississippi River to City Park Avenue, Canal Street ranks as the widest street in the United States. Here, we scout out its first block, between the riverfront and S. Peters Street.
Bug out at the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium. Located in the circa-1860 U.S. Custom House (which housed Union troops during the Civil War), the award-winning facility is the nation’s largest museum devoted to creepy-crawlies. Hop on the Canal streetcar to scope out the street’s full length or catch the Algiers ferry, which has been crossing the mighty Mississppi since 1827.
At the other end of the block, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas encourages visitors to get hands-on with stingrays and to dive deep into other cool exhibits. Try your luck at Harrah’s Casino, the largest in the South, then take in a concert at its new Fillmore music club, which recreates the West Coast original with a NOLA vibe.
Hit the jackpot at Harrah’s? Beef up at Morton’s steakhouse or burn a few calories (and some big bucks) by walking a couple of blocks further to ritzy Restaurant August (go for the five-course degustation menu with wine pairings) or the Windsor Court Hotel’s equally elegant Grill Room.
Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton are just two of the many big-name retailers found at the tony Shops at Canal Place. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, within easy walking distance, offers 70-plus more, including Coach and Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio.