No music tour of the United States is complete without a trip to NOLA. The live-music scene is still alive and kicking in the birthplace of jazz; on any given night, you can find musicians playing in your choice of bar or restaurant.
"You may hear the To Be Continued Brass Band playing on the street," Smith said. If you have time to sleep, try The Troubadour: a hotel/art gallery close to the French Quarter, where nightly rates start at just over $100. "For refreshments — and a taste of history — visit Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, which was supposedly once owned by a pirate, and may or may not be haunted," Smith said. Located in the vibrant Central Business District, NOPSI Hotel is just a short distance from all of New Orleans's most exciting music locations.