Explore New Orleans!

New Orleans, or more affectionately called, NOLA, has so much vibrant culture and diversity to explore! While at AMCIS 2018, be sure to experience many of the sights and sounds of the city through a number of tour opportunities.


Take a Walking Tour
Whether you’re interested in exploring architecture, hearing a few ghost stories, or visiting historic cemeteries, there is a walking tour for every interest.

Trolley to the Garden District
The Garden District of New Orleans features grand historic mansions, boutiques, antique shops and find dining. Take a street car to Magazine street and enjoy the oak-shaded streets and casual atmosphere.

Roll Down the Mighty Mississippi
Wind down after a long day with a leisurely cruise down the Mississippi River on the Steamboat Natchez. Featuring a calliope, jazz music and traditional Creole fare, the Steamboat Natchez is a great way to experience America’s steamboat traditions.

Mardi Gras Museums
While AMCIS doesn’t take place during Mardi Gras, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the magic and excitement that happens every year during Carnival season. Visit one of the many Mardi Gras museums to get an up close look at the floats, krewes and more.

Head Out of the City
Explore the Bayou with a swamp tour where you can get up close and personal with the alligators. Or, explore the architecture, design and landscaping of the past during a grand plantation tour.


Crawfish Etouffee
Invented as early as the late 1920s, this originally Cajun dish can be served in both Cajun and Creole styles. While there are a number of types of etoufee, crawfish is the most traditional in New Orleans. The sauce consists of a light blond roux with shellfish and served over rice.

So popular in Louisiana, Gumbo is the official state cuisine. This traditional stew consists primarily of meet or shellfish, roux, and Louisiana’s ‘Holy Trinity’ of vegetables, celery, bell peppers and onions. It often contains okra to help thicken the dish.

Po Boys
A Po’boy is a traditional Louisiana sandwich with roast beef or fried seafood including shrimp, crawfish, fish, oysters or crab. It is traditionally served on a baguette and known for its crisp crust and fluffy center.

Bananas Foster
Originating at Brennan’s in New Orleans, Bananas Foster is made with vananas, vanilla ice cream and sauce of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and dark rum. Preperation of the dish is often made into a tableside performance as flambé.

Although beignets date to Ancient Rome, they are one of New Orlean’s signature dishes. Café du Monde is a popular destination specializing in beignets with powdered sugar, coffee with chicory, and cafe au lait.