WHY: This gem is the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans. Not only is it old, but it has a notorious resident, Voodoo High Priestess MARIE LAVEAU. Which makes sense because it is located just blocks from the French Quarter. It was made famous in the 1969 movie Easy Rider (helloooo Jack Nicholson). NIcholas Cage already has a tomb awaiting his arrival.
WHERE: 425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112
HOURS: 9AM -4PM
ADMISSION: $20 GUIDED TOUR
(Thanks vandals for ruining it for all of us)
2. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
WHY: Located in the heart of New Orleans Garden District surrounded by Magnolia trees. This cemetery screams SOUTHERN GOTHIC. The contrast of the green life among the trees and the looming death surrounding the decaying crypts is quite the sight. The cemetery takes up a whole block in size and still has burials to this day. Many films and TV shows have been filmed here including: Double Jeopardy, The Originals, and NCIS: New Orleans.
WHERE: 1427 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
3. Metairie Cemetery
WHY: Upon its arrival in Mid City this cemetery attracted the extravagant and the prestigious. There are over 7000 tombs and 150 acres of land for people to be buried upon. The elaborate marble tombs can look anywhere from a British castle to an Egyptian pyramid. If you are EXTRA AF this cemetery is for YOU.
WHERE: 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124
HOURS: 7:30AM- 5:30PM
4. Holt Cemetery
WHY: This cemetery has a distinct difference from the others, it has people buried BELOW ground. Due to NOLA weather being well...NOLA weather, the rainfall has caused some disturbing sights (skeletons coming out the closet). The personal marks on the graves and the draping oak trees make this cemetery quite an unusual one.
WHERE: 4901-4999 Rosedale Dr. New Orleans, LA 70124
HOURS: 8AM -2:30PM
5. Cypress Grove Cemetery
WHY: It is distinct for its fine marble and cast iron tombs. It was the first cemetery to be dedicated to the volunteer firemen. The architect designed the front entrance Pylons and lodge after Egyptian ceremonial architecture. It leads in the nations memorial designs.
WHERE: 120 City Park Ave. New Orleans, LA 70124