In the past, traveling in a wheelchair was difficult (or even downright impossible). But today, architects, designers, and city planners have accessibility in mind when creating new attractions and amenities in some of the world's most popular tourist spots. I've compiled a list of 3 of the best vacation spots for people with power wheelchairs, complete with accessible transportation, accommodations, and exciting activities for every type of traveler. Whether you like shopping, history, culture, cuisine, or thrilling adventures, these cities offer unique and interesting experiences for all.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
"Sin City" is considered one of the entertainment capitals of the world and is one of the most accessible cities in the United States. Las Vegas is a fantastic place to find accessible accommodation, transportation, and activities. Nearly all of the hotels have accessible rooms with roll-in showers, and many are conveniently located on the airport bus line 109 that will drop you off right along the strip. The casinos, nightclubs, and live show venues are designed to be accessible for wheelchair users, and there are even a variety of day tours outside of the city that cater to people in wheelchairs. Consider putting a day trip to the Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon on the agenda. For those looking for an extreme activity, try out the SlotZilla, a zip line that makes it possible for people in wheelchairs to fly Superman-style over the city.
The U.S. capital has a strict accessibility policy and fascinating museums and historical attractions. The White House has to be on every D.C. tourist's agenda, and thanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt, was one of the first accessible buildings in the city. Other famous monuments and attractions have followed suit, making this city perfect for tourists in power wheelchairs who want a taste of one of the nation's most historically rich cities. D.C. prides itself on being one of the most accessible cities in the world; all Metrorail stations and cars are accessible, as are all of the city buses. You can obtain a Metro Disability ID Card a few weeks before your trip for reduced fares on buses. Power wheelchair users who need extra help can use MetroAccess, a door-to-door service for those who cannot independently use accessible public transportation.
"Keep Portland Weird" has been the unofficial motto of Portland for years. The new official slogan is "The City That Works." We like to think these two slogans sum up the experience one can have in Portland. Getting around the city is a breeze, as Portland has an extensive public transport system that is 100 percent power wheelchair-accessible, and the city sidewalks have very smooth curb cuts for smooth street access. Portland has a good bike lane and power wheelchairs are allowed to use the many convenient bike lanes to zip around the neighborhoods. If you want to get outside of the city and explore some of Portland's famous natural beauty, you are in luck; a lot of parks have accessible areas. Powell Butte Nature Park and Hoyt Arboretum each boast over 10 miles of accessible trails. Multnomah Falls is a must-see accessible attraction and has wheelchairs in a loan from the park ranger if needed. Portland consistently ranks as one of the best cities for vacationers in wheelchairs.
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