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Inside NOLA: Go walkabout with GO NOLA visitor app

If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, you know that apps make the world go ’round.

With that in mind, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC for short) has just released the first official New Orleans visitor app to the iWorld (although an Android version is in development).

The free, multi-featured app features categories including “Things to Do” (streamed from, the official New Orleans Tourism website), “Where to Dine,” “Nightlife & Music,” “Where to Stay,” and “Walking Tours,” with celebrity narrators including John Goodman and Wendell Pierce. There’s also a nifty feature called “Near Me” that uses what’s called “augmented reality:” point your iPhone’s camera at a landmark, and the app tells you where y’at and what’s near ya.

According to NOTMC’s news release, “GO NOLA is not just an app – it’s a guidebook, navigator, entertainer, restaurant guide, and event calendar rolled into one. Savvy travelers can plan ahead with My Trip organizer, stay connected with insider tips, and discover what the locals do with off-the-beaten-path recommendations.”

Visit your friendly app store for the free download.

Glen Abbott is a New Orleans-based freelance travel writer/photographer. Visit his blog at



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