Location & Climate in New Orleans
New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana and straddles the Mississippi River. The city and Orleans Parish (equivalent to a county) are contiguous and bordered by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south and Jefferson to the south and west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north and Lake Borgne lies to the east.
New Orleans has three modes of public transportation available to residents and tourists: buses, streetcars, and ferries. Streetcars have been an integral part of the city’s public transportation network since the 19th century. The St. Charles Avenue line is the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world. Other fixed streetcar lines include the Riverfront line, Canal Street line and, the recently completed, Loyola Avenue line.
The Canal Street/Algiers Ferry connects the Central Business District and the French Quarter on the East Bank of the Mississippi to the Algiers neighborhood on the West Bank of the Mississippi. The ferry has been in regular service since 1827 and departs from the East Bank on the quarter and three quarters hour, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
More than 200 of the Regional Transit Authority’s (RTA) 370 buses were wiped out by the flooding following Hurricane Katrina. Over the past decade, the RTA has replaced those buses that were lost as well as the rest of its aging fleet with a new biodiesel fleet.
Travel times to Southeast cities and locales:
Baton Rouge, LA – 1 hour, 20 minute drive
Cajun Country – 2 hour drive
Jackson, MS – 2 hour, 45 minute drive
Birmingham, AL – 5 hour drive
Houston, TX – 5 hours driving or 1 hour flight
Dallas, TX – 1 hour, 20 minute flight
Atlanta, GA – 1.5 hour flight
St. Louis, MO – 1 hour, 40 minute flight
Orlando, FL – 1 hour, 45 minute flight
Chicago, IL – 2.5 hour flight
New York, NY – 3 hour flight
New Orleans Climate
Spring is a delightful season with its warm days and cool evenings. Not surprisingly, many of New Orleans’ acclaimed cultural events and festivals occur during this time of year.
Summer months in New Orleans are marked by temperatures averaging in the 90s. Fortunately, rainfall provides a respite from the heat during this time; the summer months are the wettest, averaging 6 inches of rain each month.
The fall season is distinctly drier and cooler – ideal for outdoor activities, festivals and the beginning of football season.
Winters in New Orleans are cool, but mild with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. Snow is a rarity in New Orleans, and frosts typically occur just during the first few months of the year.