10) New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A
This southern state has made a name for itself on the back of one of the most famous city’s in the world: New Orleans. The Big Easy is synonymous with parties, parades, Cajun cuisine, jazz, and of course, Mardi Gras. Prices here definitely spike in the week leading up to the world-famous festival, so plan accordingly. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find affordable food and accommodations any other time throughout the year. One-bedroom apartments several kilometers from the city center can be rented for $50/night. Spacious, three-star aparthotels go for less than $100/night. Strolling the famous French Quarter is free and so is visiting the iconic cemeteries. Check out live music on Frenchmen Street. Many bars don’t charge a cover. Art lovers should visit NOLA on the weekend – gallery hopping on Julia St. in the Art District is free the first Saturday of the month.
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