New Orleans' convoluted layout plops a classic American city grid onto the wandering folds of the Mississippi River. The bad news: You will get lost. The good news: You’ll be amid romantically beautiful homes and gorgeous oaks and an ethereal atmosphere. To get the lay of the land without totally losing your way, take a Confederacy of Cruisers bike tour. The tour staff will direct you to the best option depending on your interests and athletic ability, and they lead the rides in a friendly, unscripted fashion. You'll finish with an understanding of the city's layout and lesser-known neighborhoods where, assuredly, fantastic things are afoot. If you're looking for an adventure without the apparent danger, this is the way to do it.