Most people know Esplanade Avenue as one of the bounding streets of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter), but the Esplanade ridge as we call it actually traverses several of New Orleans finest neighborhoods providing direct access from the French Quarter to New Orleans City Park. Besides the French Quarter, Esplanade is accessible from the Faubourg Marigny, America’s oldest African American neighborhood – Tremé, Faubourg St. John, and our beloved MidCity. The avenue forms the spine of a historic district in its own right known as the Esplanade Ridge Historic District, which contains one of the highest concentrations of Creole architecture in the country! The most impressive of the bunch are of course on Esplanade Avenue itself. Besides the architectural remnants of New Orleans’ 19th century Creole elite, the avenue has plenty of other points of attraction that make it one of the best places in the city to live and to visit. Its proximity to the Fairgrounds and City Park make it the perfect place to stay while enjoying Jazz Fest in the spring, or exploring New Orleans Museum of Art at the entrance of City Park. The handful of quaint and historic b&bs on Esplanade Ave. such as the Degas House, La Belle Esplanade or the HH Whitney House are sure to be booked solid during peak seasons so we recommend making reservations early. One of our favorite stops on Esplanade is St. Louis cemetery #3, which we visit on both of our City Tours. Learn about the cemetery and the historic homes that make this district so remarkable on our City Tours!