New Orleans Travel Tip: The best way to get to see St. Charles Avenue is by streetcar. You could take a taxi, but the ride is half the fun.
The streetcar line runs from downtown, all along St. Charles Avenue, turning on South Claiborne Street until the end. To ride the entire line from downtown to South Carrolton and back takes about 2 hours. However, you do not need to ride the entire line to see the sights. There are numerous stops along the line, so you can stop at any point and catch another car going the opposite direction.
A taxi can also bring you uptown, but it is not as common. There are also bus lines, but the streetcar is the most popular for tourists.
As you leave downtown, you will pass Lee Circle, which is close to the Louisiana’s Civil War Museum (929 Camp Street, 504-523-4522) and the National World War Two Museum (945 Magazine Street, 504-528-1944.) The WWII Museum has a gift shop, a theatre, special events, as well as numerous exhibits. There is also a Stage Door Canteen, with period shows and a dinner theatre. Reservations are suggested for the Canteen show, and dinner. Both of these museums close early, so plan on a day activity.
Both of these fine museums are worthy of a visit. Other side trips can be found here and here.
New Orleans Travel Tip: The ends of St. Charles avenue have a few restaurants and bars, but the majority is residential. If you want to get a drink or stop for a meal, consider either end of the line. A restroom break in the middle is possible at Loyola or Tulane University.
Continuing on St. Charles, you will pass Emeril’s Delmonico Restaurant (1300 Saint Charles Ave, 504 525 4937.) The House of Broel (2220 Saint Charles Ave., 504-522-2220) is famous for its wedding and formal gowns. Houston’s Restaurant (1755 St Charles Ave, 504-524-1578) is also along the route.
Venturing further, as you pass the grand mansions, you encounter the Jewish Community Center (5342 St Charles Ave, 504-897-0143.) Past that is Loyola University (6363 St. Charles Ave.) and Tulane University (6823 St. Charles Avenue, 504-865-5000.) Across from Tulane University is Audubon Park (6500 Magazine Street, 504-581-4629.)
New Orleans Travel Tip: Tulane University is about 3/4 of the ride from downtown and is a great place to stop, go to the student center for a restroom and refreshment and turn around.
There are numerous hotels along St. Charles Avenue, in the Garden District. These include Columns Hotel (3811 St. Charles Ave., 800-445-9308); Avenue Garden Hotel (1509 St. Charles Ave., 800-379-5322); and Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast (4125 Saint Charles Ave.)
See also hotels in the French Quarter.
As you pass the universities, there is a small residential area and then you reach a commercial area with La Madeline’s (601 S Carrollton Ave, 504-861-8662) and The Camellia Grill (626 South Carrollton Ave., 504-309-2679) along with other shops and restaurants.
See also French Quarter Restaurants and Magazine Street.
This is where the line turns from St. Charles Avenue to South Carrolton Avenue.