How to do New Orleans in an RV and walk to the French Quarter

Camping within Walking Distance to New Orleans’ French Quarter

This might not be your least expensive camping trip, but then it could just be your best.  We drove into New Orleans and easily located the French Quarter RV Park after getting a good tip on the place from a couple we met in Onalaska at the KOA there.

The sites at the French Quarter RV Resort in New Orleans.  Our rented RV from Cruise America in the center.
The sites at the French Quarter RV Resort in New Orleans. Our rented RV from Cruise America in the center.

They suggested we pull into the French Quarter RV Resort that is well within walking distance of the famous French Quarter of New Orleans.  They said it was a little pricey but worth it.  They were right.  There are great facilities, including pool, community room, clean restrooms and showers, a gym, wireless internet, cable television and places to hang out by the pool.  The sites are, as you would expect, large concrete patios for your RV and outdoor furniture.

The RV Resort at the French Quarter in New Orleans has plenty of great amenities including this terrific pool.
The RV Resort at the French Quarter in New Orleans has plenty of great amenities including this terrific pool.

The people were very friendly.  It would be easy to spend some time here but we opted to just stay the night.  As for the actual cost, I think it was 90 odd dollars or so, the value was well worth it especially if you were to factor in cab fares or public transport time and fares from a different location.   Though I would suggest, as in some other destinations, not to walk at night back to this location just to be abundantly cautious.  We didn’t have any issues but the place does offer 24 hour security and there is a wall for a reason.

The interior of Deja Vu in the French Quarter of New Orelans.
The interior of Deja Vu in the French Quarter of New Orelans.

Once we got set up we strolled into the French Quarter, which is very easy to get to from the RV park.  I hadn’t been before but my partner had.  We’re not into big and wild street parties but enjoyed the architecture and shops.  Our first stop was not far from the RV park and was called Deja Vu.  It is a smoky little dive that likely will have patrons at the bar just about any time in various stages of celebration.

Beans and Rice from Deja Vu in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Beans and Rice from Deja Vu in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

It is open 24 hours a day and located in Dauphine Street at Conti.  The food definitely is good.  I would suggest it unless you have an allergy to smoke or drunken people.  The red beans and rice was excellent and I could highly recommend it.

There is no denying that the buildings of New Orleans are fascinating.
There is no denying that the buildings of New Orleans are fascinating.

There are a load of guides and reviews of New Orleans itself so I won’t go into details.  We did stroll around and go down to the riverfront, made it to the old market down the river and then back up through the quarter.  We poked into an antique shop or two and bought a few things at the market.  We stopped at El Gato Negro across from the French Market for a margarita and we really didn’t like either of them but managed to drink most of them.  They certainly looked good.  Nothing we’d go back for but you try it and be the judge since it is conveniently located.

Everywhere you look there is something interesting to find with the buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Everywhere you look there is something interesting to find with the buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

We didn’t want to hang around and drink all afternoon and our feet were a bit sore from all the walking – and we’re not anywhere close to retirement age!  But no matter what you are interested in there is plenty to do and see in New Orleans.  The architecture is amazing by North American standards and there is no shortage of restaurants.

A margarita from El Gato Negro in New Orleans, adjacent to the French Market.
A margarita from El Gato Negro in New Orleans, adjacent to the French Market.

But with all that, the architecture really is worth your time and the people watching and shops are interesting as well.  You can easily spend a lot of time here – and people do.  For good reason.  The art museum I know is excellent though we we didn’t get a chance to visit.

So if you are RVing then make this a stop on your journey.  You’re bound to find something you like and the RV resort is one of the best.  No need to haul a Jeep on the RV here!

Enjoy your journeys!

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