If you’re a music enthusiast, I’m sure you’ve considered living the musical American dream: immersing yourself in the sweet and smooth sounds of the Deep South. But while planning a trip to America can be daunting in and of itself, it can seem particularly nerve-racking if you’re visually impaired. However, I’ve found that southern cities such as New Orleans and Memphis are not only world-renowned for their musical vibes, but are also pioneers of disabled access. Holidays have the potential of being entirely stress-free – not to mention that they’ll be easy on the ear – if you know where to go.
To introduce you to what musical wonders await you in the Deep South, I’ve put together a guide to two of my favourite excursions. My team and I are more than happy to organise any and all of these outings for you, and many more. Allow us to help you breathe easy on an unforgettable and care-free getaway!
If you’re an aspiring rock star, there’s nothing better than taking a trip to Memphis, rock and roll’s hometown. From touring Elvis Presley’s home to poking about the famous Sun Studio – both of which are accessible outings that we regularly organise – you’re in for the musical treat of a lifetime. Memphis also has plenty in store for blues enthusiasts, who will love the vibrant atmosphere of Blues City Café and BB King’s Blues.
Our Hotel Recommendation
In addition to boasting accessible tours and music venues, Memphis’ hotels are well-equipped to accommodate visually impaired visitors. While there are many excellent options, my team’s favourite is the Crowne Plaza, which is situated in the city centre. This hotel is known for its handicap-friendly rooms, as well as for its accessible public areas, whose lifts and signs have Braille.
If you’re looking for love at first sound, you’ll find yourself in seventh heaven in New Orleans. From blues to jazz to hip hop, there’s not a single musical taste that this city doesn’t accommodate, but it’s particularly suitable for jazz aficionados – after all, it’s the birthplace of this genre!
I’ve arranged numerous outings to the city’s venerated jazz venues, including the famous Snug Harbor and Preservation Hall. At the former, my clients not only praise the outstanding live jazz performances, but also rave about the bistro’s mouth-watering Creole menu, which is best enjoyed while tapping your foot along to the lively music.
It’s also very worth venturing off the beaten path and seeking out street performances. These casual concerts feature up-and-coming artists – perhaps you’ll even have the chance to listen to one of the biggest stars of tomorrow! To spice things up a bit, you can also catch the city’s brass bands at one of their frequent and fun outdoor concerts.
Our Hotel Recommendation
Our clients are always amazed by the New Orleans Marriott’s discernible focus on providing disabled access. Holidays in this hotel promise not to disappoint thanks to its central location in the French Quarter, easily accessible and spacious rooms and its musical entertainment.
If you’ve always dreamt of visiting the Deep South, the time is now. With Can Be Done, you could be swaying along to the pleasing sounds of the saxophone or bopping your head in rhythm with the drums before you know it. Along with ensuring disabled access, holidays with us are certain to introduce you to the best and boldest tunes and venues on the highest of notes.