The most heavily visited section of Bourbon Street is “upper Bourbon Street” toward Canal Street (map), an eight-block section of visitor attractions including bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and strip clubs.
“Lower Bourbon Street” (lower being a reference to downriver, or downstream Mississippi River), from the intersection of St. Ann Street, caters to New Orleans’ thriving gay community. Featuring such establishments as Oz and the city’s largest gay nightclub. Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo (map) is located on the corner of St. Ann Street.
Royal Street (map). Strolling Royal Street by day is as essential a New Orleans experience as Bourbon Street by night. 1 block away in distance, a world in attitude. There are art galleries, upscale antique stores, landmark hotels and interesting specialty shops.
Jackson Square (map). The old town square, often live music is going on here, as well as street corner painters and tarot readers.
Walk across Canal Street and you’re in the Central Business District (map). Take the red Canal Streetcar line to the attractions of *Mid-City, or the green St. Charles Streetcar line to Uptown and Carrollton. The ferry at the foot of Canal Street (map, free for pedestrians, $1 for cars) will take you across the Mississippi to the Algiers neighborhood (map), and give you a scenic budget mini-cruise of the River in the process.