St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.934882 -90.079094
Neighborhoods: Central City - Garden
Bump and sway shoulder to shoulder in a local institution with uptown charm and downtown functionality. – Overview
A mix of central business-district commuters and tourists would travel the line along Canal Street, St Charles Avenue and South Carrollton Avenue. After Jackson Avenue, large live oaks canopy almost the entire route. Antebellum mansions with huge Corinthian pillars line the street. The operating streetcars are olive-green with polished wooden seats currently roll down Canal Street; KatrIna halted opertions along St Charles Avenue. It costs just more than a dollar--money well spent for one of the best self-guided tours in New Orleans.
In 1835, steam-powered streetcars started trundling down the St. Charles line. Horse-drawn cars replaced steam after the Civil War, and electric cars, the same cars used today, hit the line in 1923. The route is known as "the oldest continuously operated street railway line in the world."
hop on – This is a good deal to experience the ride and sightsee; however I would recommend getting an all-day pass that costs $5.00. If you don't, then you'll need $1.25 exact change (it can be a dollar bill and coins, even pennies) each time you get off and on. We rode the streetcar to Washington and got off to see the Lafayette Cemetary #1, and then we went to 1st & Chestnut to see Ann Rice's house. We walked through the Garden District checking out all the beautiful homes, then walked along Magazine Street checking out the antique shops. We tried to walk all the way to the Audobon Park but got tired and hopped on the streetcar back to the hotel. If we had an all-day pass we could have hopped on and off, so figure out where you'll go; how many times you think you'll use it that day.
The Best in the World – The streetcar can be very relaxing, Romantic yet Educational and Family oriented.
Great sight-seeing value – If you are a visitor to New Orleans (or even an out of practice local/suburbanite), treat yourself to a tour of Uptown on the streetcar. It offers an unparalleled view of St. Charles Avenue for little more than pocket change. Know that it can be a hotbox (it's not an air-conditioned speed train and New Orleans is an oven most months of the year) and avoid rush-hour time for the sake of those who actually use it to commute to work.
Step Back In Time – What beautiful scenery! From the Garden District to Audobon Park & Zoo. Almost too much to see! Keep in mind that these are the orginal cars from the 1850's. So don't except a smooth ride but the authenticity is more than worth it!
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