Best Mardi Gras Vacations

You've heard all about Mardi Gras - the parades, the costumes, the music - but deciding where to celebrate it can be tricky. There are the obvious choices, and then the not so obvious destinations that actually throw a great festival. From Louisiana to California and many places in between, Mardi Gras is an excuse to party countrywide. Keep reading to discover how to plan the best Mardi Gras vacations, in destinations all across the country.

new orleans mardi gras vacationNew Orleans

The most famous place in the country to celebrate Mardi Gras is New Orleans. While the festivities here are certainly some of the best in the country, this is also one of the most crowded. Be sure to start your plans well in advance, including reserving a vacation rental and booking your flights.

Galveston, Texas

Some of the best Mardi Gras vacations are where you might not expect them to be. Galveston, Texas is known for having a substantial Mardi Gras celebration. In a destination known for its nightlife, you know they are going to put on quite the impressive show.


While the temptation might be to head south for Mardi Gras, there are celebrations held all over the country. One of the best in the northeast is in Philadelphia. From street parades to costumes, these festivities are always full of energy.

San Francisco

Have you been looking for an excuse to plan a trip to San Francisco? Mardi Gras could be it. One of the best Mardi Gras vacations in the country will be in San Francisco. While nightlife, costumes, and music all make up part of the fun, there's also an incredible culinary and cultural city to explore at the same time.

Orlando, Florida

Are you looking for a Mardi Gras party where you can bring the kids? Try Orlando, Florida. Here all the drinking and nightlife elements are removed from the festivities, and the costumes, music, food, and parades remain. This is a great introduction to Mardi Gras, especially for families.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New Orleans might be the most popular spot in Louisiana to celebrate Mardi Gras, but it certainly isn't the only one. Another of the best spots in the state is Baton Rouge. Here you will find fewer crowds than New Orleans, but just as much fun.

Mobile, Alabama

Festivals are a great excuse to travel to new places. If you've never been to Mobile, Alabama before, why not visit during one of the most fun festivals of the year? Crowds won't be as substantial as New Orleans, and prices will be more affordable.

San Diego, California

The people of San Diego love any excuse for a party, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Here you will be able to choose from a long list of rentals, either in San Diego or nearby on the coast. Join the party when you feel like dancing and showing off your costume, or otherwise, relax in an oceanfront villa overlooking the Pacific.

Pensacola, Florida

Looking for a warm weather destination to celebrate Mardi Gras? Head to Pensacola, Florida. Located in the Florida panhandle, Pensacola offers an affordable and fun alternative to New Orleans. Combine a Mardi Gras celebration with a trip to work on your golden tan.

St. Louis, Missouri

Mardi Gras is a great excuse to plan a trip to St. Louis, Missouri. Get to know the city through the festival and the locals celebrating it. This city actually claims to have the second largest celebration in the country, after New Orleans.

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