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Ten Things Not to Do in San Francisco!!

1. If you’re serious about fish, don’t eat seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf.
2. If you love one-of-a-kind finds, don’t shop in Union Square.

3. For the best sourdough bread, don’t go to Boudin Bakery.

4. Unless you’re stuck in 1968, don’t look for counterculture on Haight Street.

5. If you’re going to hop aboard San Francisco’s most famous icons, don’t take the Powell Street cable cars.

6. If you want a taste of waterfront life, don’t waste your time at Pier 39.

7. To get a real taste of Chinese culture, don’t go to Grant Avenue in Chinatown.

8. If you want to take to the water, don’t pile onto the ferry to Sausalito.

9. If you want to explore the San Francisco gay scene, don’t cruise the Castro.

10. Unless you want to freeze your butt off, don’t wear shorts in July.

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Grand Teton National Park Easy Hiking Tips and Trips 

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No matter what your fitness level, there are many hikes to be enjoyed in Grand Teton National Park. Best of all, you do not have to be a mountain climber to enjoy the beautiful vistas, canyons, and waterfalls in the park.

Be Prepared
Weather can and does change rapidly in the mountains. Take along extra clothing when hiking into the higher elevations, wear sunscreen, and take plenty of water and high energy snacks. If you are planning a long hike, start in the morning and keep your eye on the time. You do not want to be caught on the trail after dark.

Be Bear Aware

You will notice these signs everywhere in the park. Take them seriously. At certain times of the year, some trails may be closed due to increased bear activity. Park rangers put on bear safety presentations which you should also consider attending.

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Whenever you are hiking in the park always take along bear spray, know how to use it, have it immediately available, and talk or make noise while you hike. Never hike alone.

Lakeshore Trail Hike at Colter Bay, Jackson Lake

This flat, 2.0 mile loop trail follows the shoreline along a peninsula in Colter Bay. You will enjoy beautiful views of Mount Moran across Jackson Lake and reflections in Colter Bay. The trail begins on a paved service road near the boat docks at the Colter Bay Marina.

Heron Pond and Swan Lake Hike

If you enjoy waterfowl, wildlife, and water lily covered ponds, this hike is for you. Look for trumpeter swans, beaver, moose, and bears. This relatively flat hike starts at Colter Bay Village and is a 3.0 mile loop.

Willow Flats Shuttle or Loop Hike

When snow still covers the mountain trails in the spring, the Willow Flats area west of Jackson Lake will be snow free and ready for hiking. The willows and marshes are prime habitat for a variety of wildlife. Look for moose, sandhill cranes, beaver, bears, and other wildlife. The area is, as the name suggests, flat and it can get rather warm trekking through the flats and open meadows due to the lack of shade trees so you may want to choose a cooler day for this hike.

The shuttle hike is 4.9 miles. You can start the shuttle hike from either the Colter Bay coral or at the small parking lot on the south side of Jackson Lake Lodge. For the shuttle, you will need to park your car at either end and get a ride back to the trailhead. The loop trail is 8.3 miles starting at the Jackson Lake Lodge trailhead. The shuttle and first part of the loop trail are actually an abandoned dirt service road.

String Lake Hike

Nestled between Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake, what String Lake lacks in size it makes up for in beauty. This relatively flat 3.4 mile loop hike is wheelchair accessible for approximately 0.3 miles and we maneuvered a sturdy stroller through the entire hike with an occasional lift by Mom and Dad. You’ll enjoy beautiful mountain views reflecting in a placid lake, footbridges, and streams. Begin your hike at the String Lake Trailhead parking lot by turning west at the North Jenny Lake Junction turnoff from Teton Park Road.

Taggart Lake Hike

This 4.0 mile loop hike. Park your car at the Taggart Lake Trailhead parking lot (off Teton Park Road) and follow the path to your right (north). You will soon be crossing the footbridge over Taggart Creek, the perfect spot for your first picture. I can not exactly call this hike easy as it is a gradual uphill climb to Taggart Lake. You may need to make a few pit stops to catch your breath but continue on. You will be rewarded with splendid views of the Grand Teton over the lake. Once you cross the footbridge at the outlet of the lake there is a little bit more of a climb but the rest is all downhill. Be sure to turn around to catch the view overlooking Taggart Lake.

Jenny Lake Hike

Some consider Jenny Lake to be the most picturesque lake in the park, and it is gorgeous. This 7.7 mile loop takes you all the way around the shoreline of Jenny Lake. Start your hike by parking in either the String Lake Trailhead parking lot or the parking lot at the South Jenny Lake Junction off of Teton Park Road. I recommend starting at the String Lake Trailhead in the morning. This way you will be arriving at the south end of Jenny Lake around lunch time where you can grab a bite to eat, enjoy the visitor center, and use the facilities before completing your hike. A worthy side trip while on this hike is the loop up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point.

Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Hike via Jenny Lake Boat Dock

If you are not up for the 7.7 mile loop around Jenny Lake, take the boat from the South Jenny Lake parking lot. The boat departs approximately every 15 minutes and is a beautiful ride across the lake. Once you disembark, it is only a 0.2 mile hike to Hidden Falls and another 0.4 miles on to Inspiration Point where you’ll enjoy sweeping vistas of Jenny Lake and the valley below. This is a gradual but simple climb on a well traveled trail. If you are afraid of heights, you may not be able to complete the last section of trail up to Inspiration Point as the trail is on the side of a rock wall although the drop-off is not as high as it seems. Looking out over the valley makes you feel like you are way up in the air. There is a very nice lookout point just before this last bit of trail so you can still enjoy the view from up here.

Cascade Canyon Hike via Jenny Lake Boat Dock

The Cascade Canyon hike continues on past Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. The is the perfect opportunity to get into the back country with mountains soaring above you on either side. After leaving Inspiration Point, the trail climbs steeply for about a mile but once you get past this it becomes a gradual climb through the meadows of the canyon. You will hear and see crystal clear Cascade Creek roaring through the canyon to Hidden Falls below. The trail is 9.8 miles round trip if you go all the way to the junction with the Lake Solitude and Paintbrush Canyon trails. If you are planning to take the boat back across Jenny Lake on your return be sure to check the last departure time before you leave. If you miss the boat you can follow the Jenny Lake Trail and additional 2.1 miles back to the parking lot. Due to the higher elevation of this climb and lingering snow, the best months to complete the hike are July and August. Check with a park ranger for trail conditions.

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This is by no means an all inclusive list of easy to moderate trails within Grand Teton National Park. There are many more and several of the above trails have off-shoot loops taking you to an additional lake or hidden mountain treasure. If you love to hike, buy yourself a book on the trails in the park. Most hiking books have graded the trails according to difficulty level so all can enjoy the splendor of Grand Teton National Park.

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A Journey Driving Up Pike’s Peak

In the Rocky Mountains, near Colorado Springs, is the 19-mile scenic journey up the Pikes Peak Highway – a drive you won’t soon forget.

You travel past alpine meadows, mountain reservoirs and breathtaking drops until you reach the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet above sea level.

Along the way, there are plenty of places to pull over and take in a stunning scenic vista or stop for a hike or even some fishing, depending on the season.

Here’s how your journey in an Enterprise Rent-A-Car might unfold as you explore this great national resource.

As you enter the highway, keep your eyes peeled for a Sasquatch. It was right around Mile Marker 3 that a visitor to the park saw Big Foot in 2001.

Just past Mile Marker 6 is the Crystal Reservoir Visitor Center. Although just a few miles into your journey, it’s a great place to stop for snacks, or even some bait if you plan on doing some fishing. It’s also a good place to familiarize yourself with the highway and the many things you will see along the way thanks to ranger-led classes. And in summer months, paddle boats are available for rent. In autumn, the hills are covered in a patchwork of reds, oranges and bright yellows as the golden aspens begin to turn colors.

About halfway up the mountain, you’ll come to the historic Glen Cove Inn, the perfect stop for some lunch or an afternoon snack and a restroom break. The Inn offers visitors the chance to enjoy a meal and even purchase some souvenirs of their journey. In the summer, rock climbing lessons are offered, and those who feel lucky may wish to try their hand at panning for gems. Make a note of this stop, because on the way down, rangers ask that you stop back by so they can check the temperature of your car brakes.

As you continue your drive up the mountain, the scenery becomes even more dramatic as the high elevation makes it practically impossible for anything to grow. Several striking switchback “Ws” later and you have reached the top. Be warned that these views are not for the faint of heart, as you might guess with names such as the Devil’s Playground and the Bottomless Pit.

Once you reach the top, you’ll want to spend some time at the Summit House and observation deck. While you are there, be sure to try their world-famous donuts, the only donuts to be made at an altitude higher than 14,000 feet. Note: Be sure to eat them while still at the summit as these donuts are made with special ingredients that change their texture depending on the altitude.

On the way down, there are other opportunities to get out and take in the sights. Just remember not to ride your brakes and go down in the lowest gear possible. Also remember to take a jacket, even in summer, as temperatures at the top are often 30 degrees cooler than at the start of your journey, and make sure to check the weather report, as inclement conditions may result in portions of the highway being closed as a result of snow. Lastly, before embarking on your trip be sure you have at least a half tank of gas. It’s a long, slow climb to the top (and then you need to come back down), and there aren’t any gas stations along the highway.


Jazz Blues and Rock ‘N’ Roll!! Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans!!



Welcome to Chicago! Explore the Windy City on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour covering 13 magnificent miles of this amazing city, making it the best way to visit all the top attractions and destinations. Hop-off at any of the stops along the tour to enjoy the sights at your leisure. Later in the day, scope out the city on your own. We suggest taking a walk down Magnificent Mile. (Overnight in Chicago)


Continue your sightseeing tour on your multi-day tour. Be sure to stop by the iconic attractions Chicago has to offer, like the Skydeck Chicago, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, 360 Chicago, and much more. Dinner this evening at a popular restaurant in Chicago is included. (Overnight in Chicago) D


Travel to the station and board Amtrak’s City of New Orleans® for a relaxing overnight trip down South to Memphis. Your journey on this train route takes you through the heart of our nation’s musical heritage – from Chicago with its world-class Chicago Symphony Orchestra and still vibrant electric blues scene, to the jazz clubs of New Orleans (Overnight onboard Amtrak)


You’ll arrive in Memphis early in the morning. Travel on your own to your hotel, which is located in the heart of downtown. Today you’ll have some free time to explore the sights and sounds of this musical city. If you’re looking for places to go, check out the music scene on Beale Street or head to the Peabody Hotel to see the famous ducks. (Overnight in Memphis)


Today, enjoy a tour of Memphis, including the iconic Graceland. This narrated tour will help you discover downtown, the Mighty Mississippi, Beale Street, Peabody Hotel, Sun Studio, and many more wonderful attractions! On your Graceland tour, you’ll get up close and personal to the things Elvis cherished most in the world and truly get a glimpse of his life at Graceland. Stop in the Meditation Garden to see the final resting place of Elvis and his parents. This evening, enjoy your included dinner at a popular Memphis restaurant. (Overnight in Memphis) D


Travel on your own to the station and board Amtrak to New Orleans. Take in the Southern scenery as you travel the history-laden musical roads of Mississippi to New Orleans – the birthplace of jazz. Upon your arrival, you will travel to your hotel, where you can settle in for the night or start exploring this lovely city. (Overnight in New Orleans)


Start the day with a jazz brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters restaurant. After a leisurely morning, you’ll set off for your included New Orleans city tour. Absorb the sights and sounds of the world famous French Quarter and historic Jackson Square. Explore the historic cemeteries, often referred to as “Cities of the Dead.” Marvel at the fascinating stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John, the waterway used by Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates. View the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and much more. (Overnight in New Orleans) BR


Enjoy a Battlefield Cruise and take in the picturesque sights of New Orleans and the French Quarter from a unique vantage point: the outside deck of an old-fashioned paddlewheel boat! Take in the amazing views of the French Quarter and the Port of New Orleans from the river as the boat’s captain entertains you with a detailed narration of New Orleans landmarks, history and river lore. Disembark at the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. (Overnight in New Orleans)



Wild West Weekend in Yuma

A weekend visit to Yuma offers both the charm of a small American town and a unique glimpse back to the days of the Wild West. Yuma has less than 100,000 citizens, though it is estimated its population doubles in the winter when the snowbirds come to town. Yuma has quite a mix of things to do that highlight its small town charms and Wild West history. If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, Yuma definitely fits the bill with the types of attractions that can only be found in a small town.  

Cars and More Cars

The Cloud Museum began in 1989 when proprietor Johnny Cloud rented out his farm land and got stir crazy with nothing to do. He started collecting and displaying his collection on his property for his own enjoyment. People began driving by and stopping to take a look around, so he built a small fence and started charging $1.00. Then one day someone stole some gas pumps, so he put up a bigger fence and started charging $5.00. 

The Cloud Museum’s collection includes cars, trucks, tractors, tools, household equipment, and more, and the collection continues to grow. Johnny Cloud will rattle off the numbers of his collection so quickly you will not be able to retain any  of the list except that there are Model As, Model Ts, and 99 of one of those, so while the sign will say there are more than 110 cars, I’d say the number is much, much larger. Romeo could have literally spent all day examining the collection, and you will have fun trying to identify all the random pieces of household equipment and discovering some you had never seen before.

Heavy Artillery

On the way from the Cloud Museum to the Castle Dome Mine Museum you will pass through the Yuma Proving Ground. After agriculture, the military is Yuma’s second largest economic source. The Yuma Proving Ground is part of the United States Army and is one of the largest military installations in the world, used for testing military systems and equipment. Yuma is the perfect location for such a large test range because of its big empty spaces and the fact that it holds the Guinness World Record as the sunniest city on earth, meaning tests can be run year round. Along the road you will see random pieces of military equipment like a helicopter, tanks, and missile launchers.

Ghost Town

While Rome could have spent all day at the Cloud Museum, the Castle Dome Mine Museum is a favorite of vistors. Castle Dome was a silver mine and the town was bigger than Yuma in 1878. The mine was in operation from 1864 to 1979, when it closed because the price of silver plummeted and the process of mining silver was no longer profitable. Castle Dome City had small beginnings with a brush house, an adobe house, two tents and two fenced lots. Over time it gained a school, five bars, two stores, a church, a sheriff’s office and jail, a blacksmith shop, and family homes. 

Today Castle Dome Mine Museum contains what is left of Castle Dome City’s buildings. You will love being able to explore these remnants of the old Wild West. The ghost town museum is located in the middle of Kofa National Wildlife Refuge and is reached by following a gravel road for a few miles, with nothing around but desert. There are two sections to the museum. The first has the highest concentration of buildings very close together, while the other has a few buildings spaced out with a dirt trail to follow which also passes the Castle Dome cemetery and leftover mine shafts.

Festivals and Rodeos and Shootouts, Oh My!

In addition to the always available things to do in Yuma, Yuma is constantly hosting special events. On any given weekend there can be five to 10 special events occurring around the city and outlying areas. For instance, Martin Luther King weekend had  three special events just in one day. 

Feeding into the small town vibe of your weekend getaway, visit the neighboring town of Wellton 30 miles east of Yuma but still part of Yuma County, to attend the Wellton-Mohawk Tractor Rodeo. The tractor rodeo, sponsored by the Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center is held every third Saturday in January. The tractor rodeo takes place at the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation & Drainage District grounds and feels very much like a small town county fair. You can sit on bales of hay and watch the Antique Tractor Pull, a display of the power of classic and antique tractors. Restored tractors line up and take their turn at trying to tow a tractor pull sled down the entire length of track as a weight shifts forward to make it heavier and heavier. The goal is to make it to the end of the track without the weight becoming too much for the tractor, making its wheels spin in the earth when forward movement has halted. In addition to the tractor pull, there are rides for the kids, antique car and tractor displays, old engine displays, live music, a biscuit and sausage breakfast, and a barbecue beef lunch.

Next head out to the N.R. Adair Park shooting ranges, 15 miles east of Yuma, for the Territorial Prison Breakout, which has been put on by The Yuma MatchMasters, Inc for the past 20 years. If you really are into competition you will like this.  The Cowboy Division, or Colorado River Shootists, is a SASS affiliated club and holds monthly matches, but the Territorial Prison Breakout is a two-day annual match that is held every Martin Luther King weekend. The shooters dress up in their old western wear and shoot old west firearms on a course of different shooting stages which are set up with old Wild West props like saloons, livery stables, and general stores. Spectators are welcome at the matches as long as they wear eye and ear protection. At first you will feel a little out of place, but as you watch the matches there is always a club member or two who want to engage you in conversation, explain the rules, and answer any questions, and a few will even try to recruit you to join the SASS. The thought of shooting at targets while dressed in western gear is very tempting, and the activity is perfectly suited for the Arizona desert.

Das Bratwurst Haus host the German Fest on Madison in Downtown Yuma. German Fest is a small block party with German beer, German food from Das Bratwurst Haus restaurant, German music, dancing, and activities for the kids. It’s a small festival spanning two blocks and attracts people of all ages who want to have a bite to eat and a little entertainment.

You will have such a great time visiting quirky museums and attending the types of events that aren’t easy to find in a big city. Yuma’s eclectic mix of attractions and events allow visitors to experience what it’s like to be in a small town with friendly people and a Wild West past. 

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New Orleans Jazz Fest for beginners

New Orleans Jazz Fest for beginners


The New Orleans Jazz Festival (known here at Jazz Fest) is my favorite New Orleans event. I love it more than Mardi Gras and all the other NOLA holidays combined. Jazz Fest starts Friday April 27 and runs through Sunday May 7

Jazz Fest is a 2 weekend music festival that takes place each year at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Over 400 musical acts grace the eleven stages over the course of the Fest. I’ve been attending Jazz Fest for a few years now, and I actually stay very close to where Jazz Fest takes place.

But first, some basics. For those who’ve never been to JazzFest, it’s quite a party. Established in April 1970, the 10-day cultural fest, which normally draws about 400,000 visitors, is comprised of thousands of musical acts, delicious Crescent City food and an international crafts fair.

With more than 500 acts scheduled, it’s one of the hottest music tickets of the year. Big names are on the bill, including Moroon 5, Pitbull, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Alabama Shakes, Kings of Leon, Earth Wind and Fire, and the Snoop Dog, to name a few. 

But navigating the massive festival, which attracts tens of thousands of fans from around the globe for the music, food and crafts, is no Big Easy.

This year the music kicks off on April 27 and runs until May 7,  with the headline events mainly occurring on the weekends. Gates at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course, where the festivities will take place, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., which allows plenty of time to explore all there is to offer. The grounds will have 12 different stages where you will hear everything from jazz to rock to pop to R&B to Zydeco and Cajun. Tickets cost less than $100.00 per day. 

Practical Tips for the Virgin

For the Jazz Fest virgin, the sights, sounds and smells can be overwhelming. With over 70 food booths, the local and international cuisine is a large part of the experience. With numerous options of Cajun and international fare, Jazz Fest offers everything from po’boys, to Étouffée (fish stew over rice), to boudin (a type of sausage), to beignets (like a donut), to muffulettas (a New Orleans submarine sandwich), to gumbo. Even if you haven’t heard of half of this cuisine, try it. 

The top five suggestions from YVGS: the cochon de lait po’boy (juicy, roasted pork sandwiched in between two piece of French bread), the fried shrimp po’boy, the crawfish monica (crawfish pasta in a secret sauce) the pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo (a delicious Cajun stew in a dark roux) and the crawfish bread (bread stuffed with crawfish and cheese). Is your mouth watering yet?

Also mentally prep for large crowds. While you’ll see lighter crowds on Thursdays and earlier in the day, when it comes to big name performances, seasoned Jazz Fest goers typically camp out at the stages several hours prior to a performance.

New Orleans weather is unpredictable and the Fair Grounds tend to be muddy, so bring lawn chairs, an umbrella, and garbage bags, which double as a raincoat and a dry place to sit. The Louisiana heat can be unforgiving, so pack your sunscreen and a hat too.

Do not forget toilet tissue, as you are sharing those port-o-potties with 400,000 others.

To avoid the heavy crowds, walk on the circular horse racing track around the perimeter of the Fair Grounds, and venture out to the grandstands for food demonstrations, art installations, shade and clean restrooms.

While you’re at it, go to the Gospel or Blues tent to discover new bands. Also, get a copy of the official performance schedule and laminate it (the “cubes” schedule- days, times, stages-when they  are released. Remember  the Fest ends at 7 pm, which gives you a chance to venture out into the city and experience the nightlife of New Orleans.

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After Dark

There are endless entertainment and dining venues options in New Orleans on a regular evening, but during Jazz Fest you can find an assortment of specials on music, food and of course drinks. Bourbon Street is obvious for a non-stop party atmosphere, but go beyond the Crescent City staple.

“The spirit of the festival doesn’t end at 7 pm. “That energy is transferred throughout the city.”

The Rock-n-Bowl has highly recommended jazz night shows. For a local, New Orleans music scene, Frenchmen Street area, the local version of Bourbon, is an entertainment district within walking distance of the French Quarter in the Marigny neighborhood with the B&B’s. Here, you can hear anything from blues, jazz, blue grass, and reggae. Preservation Hall is another classic venue to hear the sounds of New Orleans, but it is small so make sure you get their early.

As far as food outside the parade grounds, the NOLA tourist board offered up suggestions for three places. First, the Redfish Grill, located on Bourbon; get the BBQ Oysters at this casual dining place. Another casual place is Deanie’s Seafood, located on Iberville, which is a block from Canal Street. Seafood platters are a local favorite at the cozy diner.

Finally, a fine dining option where you can wash off the mud and dust and get into something fancy is Maximo’s Italian Grill. Located on Decatur Street, it’s a great place for pasta or a steak or a rack of lamb.

Hotel bars are also a great option. The classic Carisol Bar in the Hotel Monteleone (bar that looks like a carousel) has been recently renovated and is a must see. The Sazerac bar at the Roosevelt Hotel is another not to be missed. The Burgundy Bar in the new Saint Hotel is a great music venue, with all of the traditional jazz music your ears desire.

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Where to Stay

Hotels close to JazzFest go fast, so book early. The Fair Grounds are about a 10- minute drive away from the French Quarter. Stay here or near Canal Street. The hotel sponsor this year’s Fest is the Sheraton New Orleans, located on Canal Street. A shuttle bus, called the Jazz Fest Express leaves directly from the hotel.

If we cannot find a room in the French Quarter, our  best bet is to look for a place in the in the Garden, Central Business or Warehouse Districts. All of these districts are an easy cab ride to the grounds. Faubourg Marigny is a residential area close to the French Quarter with other jazz venues and bed and breakfast accommodations.

If a bed and breakfast is more your style, we can check out one in the Garden District and French Quarter, like Creole Gardens, Fairchild House or Melrose Mansion.

Melrose Mansion, located on Frenchman Street, is ideal for the music lover.“It’s a gorgeous place to stay.”

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Getting Around

New Orleans isn’t known for its efficient public transportation system. But, for those who have a bit of time, take a ride on its famous street cars. The Canal Street line takes you along 5.5 mile route from the French Market, to the Business District and into Mid-City, where the final stop is the New Orleans Museum of Art. For $1.25, the Canal Street Line takes you just a few blocks from the Fairgrounds Race Track. You can also take the Jazz Fest Express –even if you’re not staying at the Sheraton. It takes you directly to and from the Fair Grounds and has three pickup spots: the Sheraton New Orleans, the Steamboat Natchez Dock and City Park. The city bus system also takes you by the fairgrounds, which is a bit cheaper than the Jazz Fest Express.

Taxis are another viable option. Cab stands are located all over the city, and hotel bellmen are very helpful in getting you a cab. After the Fest, hundreds of cabs line up outside the Fair Ground gates to take visitors all over the city; they have a pretty efficient setup. New Orleans creates a special line from Canal Street to the Fair Grounds specifically for Jazz Fest. 

If you want to party, do not drive. You have too many options to get you where you need to be safely.