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Most disabilities shouldn't stop anyone from traveling in New Orleans. Thanks to provisions in the Americans with Disabilities Act, most public places are required to comply with disability-friendly regulations. Almost all public establishments (except a few National Historic Landmarks) and at least some modes of public transportation provide accessible entrances and facilities.

Be aware, however, that despite extensive efforts toward improvement, in New Orleans you are still dealing with many older structures created before thoughts of ease for those with disabilities. Before you book a hotel, ask questions based on your needs. If you have mobility issues, you'll probably do best to stay in one of the city's newer, more accommodating hotels.

Like the sometimes potholed or cobblestoned streets, maneuvering wheelchairs and walkers on the often bumpy and uneven sidewalks can be challenging (though most have curb cuts), and getting on the St. Charles streetcar might be too great a challenge. Other streetcar lines have lifts. Some French Quarter streets are closed to cars during certain parts of the day and allow pedestrian traffic only.

For information about specialized transportation systems, call LIFT (tel. 504/827-7433).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.