You are going to have a great trip!!
I noticed you're headed to New Orleans, I'm not sure what you're doing for lodging there, I, personally, would not stay on Bourbon St. I was there in October and we stayed right on Bourbon. Never again. I'm a very deep sleeper, so once I got to sleep I was okay, my co-workers weren't so lucky. Bourbon St, even in the middle of the afternoon, smells atrocious. I couldn't open my balcony doors.
Bourbon St. is worth seeing, I just wouldn't stay there.
There are some awesome galleries and shops just a block or two off Bourbon. One quick tip I got from a local, cars park on one side of the street, avoid walking on that side, people jump out from between cars and mug you. Natives will walk on the non-car side, tourists are on the car side.