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Many people who use wheelchairs, walkers, or canes often feel like their travel experiences have been taken away from them.
Dealing with inaccessible airlines, cities without wheelchair ramps, or even having people trip into you can make someone give up their passion for travel.
However, we don’t think a lack of mobility should stop someone from experiencing new things and traveling to fun destinations. Here are our favorite wheelchair-friendly destinations for those still itching with the travel bug!
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park offers a short half-mile loop that leads to a stunning view of the hoodoos. The hoodoos are wind-swept crimson-colored rock formations. They are a favorite sight for avid hikers, and we think everyone should experience them at least once! Thankfully, this easy hike is wheelchair accessible with extra wide walking paths. This easy-to-access spot is an excellent place for anyone wanting to hike majestic mountains but has trouble walking or needs extra time along the trail to rest.
San Fransisco, California
While the bay area is known for its steep hills and historic trolleys, it offers several tourist attractions that are wheelchair-friendly. Alcatraz Island (with prior arrangements), the Golden Gate national park, and the de Young Museum are stops that welcome everyone. Although you may have to miss out on the historic cable cars, there are still several accessible buses and taxis throughout the city that will be happy to host you. You can even stop by the Fisherman’s Wharf and crack open some Alaskan King Crab legs to round out your trip.
Just hours away from Seattle, Washington, Vancouver is known for its beautiful landscapes and accessible infrastructure. Popular stops like Stanley Park, Granville Island, and the Vancouver Aquarium are some of the best wheelchair-friendly attractions in the city. Stop by the otter exhibit to pet some friendly sea creatures!
The public transportation system in Vancouver offers a host of accessible buses and trains. You can even take a day trip on the famous Sea Bus to North Vancouver to experience the Lonsdale Quay for dinner with a view of downtown Vancouver.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Despite the destruction from hurricanes and tropical storms, New Orleans remains a city that anyone can easily access, and it isn’t just a party town. Consider visiting the historic French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and the National WWII Museum—all of these fantastic attractions welcome wheelchair users and anyone with accessibility requirements. The Mississippi River cruise even welcomes wheelchair users to float down the historic Mississippi River to learn about the history of the area.
The nation’s capital is famous for its wheelchair-friendly attractions. The National Mall, the Smithsonian Museums, and even the Lincoln Memorial are all happy to host wheelchair users or those with walkers and canes. Learning about U.S. history should be open and accessible to all. Consider booking a tour of the White House to get a first-hand look into the nation’s headquarters. Washington and the surrounding area has excellent train and bus systems with several accessible options. Just try not to get stuck in a presidential motorcade!
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