I am glad you have come to the NOLA Insider Guide! This is your best stop to New Orleans information for both locals and tourist. I am Leonard Smith III and my story started over 50 plus years ago in this great city. Yes, this is where it all started, the city where I was born and raised.

What a great city to grow up in with so much to do. Let’s fast forward to August 2005 and the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest hurricanes in US history. This catastrophic disaster changed the landscape of New Orleans forever. Some say for good, some say for bad, but what is important is that New Orleans is still here and the hospitality of the people of NOLA awaits you! Because I am an insider, I am here to point you in the right direction to make the best of your visit, be it one day or one week. As for the locals, all who know me, I am the go to guy on what’s happening in the Crescent City.

Welcome to New Orleans Insider Guide
St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square

I created this website for those of us who have relocated to other parts of the country post Katrina, others who are visiting this great city for the first time, and our beloved visitors who keep New Orleans as their frequent travel destination. As I can also be considered a ” tourist in my own hometown.” I visit as often as I can and have the wonderful opportunity to become a tourist. Always on a quest to find the best restaurants, hotels, shopping and places to go. I and a team of other New Orleanians (who I have hand picked) will share with you visits, reviews, where to go, who to see, and what to do in New Orleans from an “insider’s point of view!”

New Orleans Tourism

New Orleans tourism is constantly on the upswing, as it should be in this beautiful, picturesque, exciting city of Louisiana. If you have New Orleans on your list of places to visit, but you don’t have a large budget to deal with, you should know that there are many things you can do in New Orleans that are inexpensive or even free!

What can NOLA Insider Guide offer that is free to a visitor in town? Surprisingly, there is quite a lot to do that will cost you next to nothing! Just sit down in Jackson Square and watch the interesting sights go by, for one. Take at a look at the artists displaying their works and enjoy the music of the street musicians around the French Quarter. Buy a cup of coffee at Cafe du Monde and take-in all the sights around you. There are also free festivals you can join in depending upon what time of year that you visit. Of course, there is Mardi Gras, “the largest free show on earth,” The French Quarter Festival and the Satchmo Festival are big music events that are free. Many clubs on Frenchman Street do not charge a cover, so come on in and listen to music and dance the night away for free. You can view the amazing architecture this city has to offer and take a free downtown walking tour.

NOLA Insider Guide Mobile

You can view NOLA Insider Guide on your mobile devices to stay in touch with all the happenings in the “Crescent City.” As the locals say “Laissez Les Bon Temp Rouler” “Let the Good Times Roll” and welcome to New Orleans!

by Leonard Smith