While traveling to any city, I always try to explore beyond the tourist areas and landmarks to get a true feel of what the city is really like. Taking the street car down St Charles Ave in New Orleans is a great way to see the city and get out of the French Quarter.
The route begins in the French Quarter, goes through the Garden District, then travels down St Charles Ave. During the ride, the train passes beautiful buildings, Loyola University, Tulane and Audubon Park. I loved the architecture including the mansions and cathedrals.
You can buy a 24 hour bus pass for a just a few dollars! The pass will allow you to get off and on the train at your leisure so that if you see something of interest, you can simply get off and walk around!
I would even suggest stopping at one of the restaurants for food and drinks. Try the Seafood Oyster Co. for the best oysters. Just $1 each at happy hour.
Above is some video taken while on the street car. I rode the train to the end of the line which may have taken 45 min or so.
After reflecting on all I had done during trip, the street car was by far one of best ways to see the city. I just wish I more time and could have seen even more of New Orleans! That just gives me another reason to go back and enjoy this wonderful city again.