Websites and apps to help you plan your trip

There are many local websites and apps to help you plan your trip to New Orleans. Almost all of these websites also have Twitter feeds, which you can subscribe to in order to get up to date information during the conference. Here are a few to help you get started – and stay tuned on Friday, when we roll out the Local Arrangements Committee-endorsed dining guide!

Websites – The online presence for the Times-Picayune, lists many local events, news stories, weather forecasts, and restaurant and bar reviews. Apps also available.

Gambit – New Orleans’ alternative weekly has a great calendar of local events, music listings, restaurant and bar reviews, and local commentary. You can pick up paper copies anywhere in town, and also check out their website.

WWOZ – WWOZ, 90.7 FM, is our beloved local jazz and heritage station. In addition to streaming their music on the internet, you can check out the Live Wire, the massive listing of that day’s music performances. While it’s no substitute for listening to the Live Wire read on air (on some weekends, it can take the narrator about 10 minutes to get through all the listings), the Live Wire is the authoritative music listings guide, and as the good folks at WWOZ would say – “Now get out there, support, and make sure to check out some LIVE, LOCAL music!”

WWL Weather – National weather trackers can be somewhat inaccurate when it comes to tracking typical NOLA summer pop-up thunderstorms. Many locals rely on WWL Weather for a more accurate forecast.

Yelp – Yelp reviews for New Orleans’ restaurants and bars are very reliable, particularly if you pay attention to the reviews written by locals. There are also many excellent lists pertaining to New Orleans. Apps are also available.

Eater NOLA – Possibly the best dining and drinking website for the city. Eater is the first-stop for any news concerning restaurant and bar openings, closings, new staffing, and menu changes. Eater has three excellent guides that are frequently updated: the Eater 38 (featuring 38 restaurants that “provide a comprehensive picture of where you can get a great meal regardless of mood”) and the Eater Dining Heatmap and Cocktail Heatmap (guides to the most popular restaurants and bars of the moment).

Go NOLA – From the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, this app has dining, nightlife, and accommodation listings (which you can filter to show locations near you). This app features some excellent audio tours, narrated by famous New Orleanians. Wendell Pierce narrates the Treme tour, John Goodman – the Riverwalk tour, Patricia Clarkson – the Canal streetcar tour, Bryan Batt – Gay New Orleans history, and Soledad O’Brien – City Park. Android version. iPhone version.

The Historic New Orleans Collection – This app from The Historic New Orleans Collection features over 300 early 20th century photographs from the The Charles L. Franck Studio Collection. iPhone version.

New Orleans Historical – An incredible app dedicated to New Orleans’ history. Different historical pins show various historic sites on a map. Use the “show my location” to find pins near you, and learn more about the buildings and sites important to the Crescent City’s history. Also features many excellent historic photographs. Android version. iPhone version.