Accessible Vacation Spots for Wheelchair Users

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Traveling with a wheelchair can be tough, and we understand that it’s not always easy to find vacation destinations that are “wheelchair-friendly.” Are you a wheelchair user? Have you been searching for a great place to vacation and been frustrated at your limited findings? If yes, this post is for you!

Where are wheelchair-accessible vacation spots located?

The ideal vacation spot for a wheelchair user would include affordable, accessible hotels, restaurants, swimming pools, recreational facilities, etc. Are there any places that include all of these elements? Yes. Here are just a few of those places:

1. San Francisco, California – San Francisco is an amazing town that boasts accessible trolleys, streetcars, and buses. Also, its “three major transit providers are almost completely barrier-free.” The hotels in San Francisco that are accessible range between $100-$300, fitting most budgets. Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz all make this “wheelchair-friendly” city even more appealing.

2. Paris, France – Years ago Paris was known for its lack of accessibility, but today things are different. Almost all of Paris’s buses are accessible. Accessible spots in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and Versailles. Take a look at a “barrier-free transit map” of Paris by visiting and get a better idea of the city’s accessibility.

3. London, England – Who hasn’t wanted to visit London at some point in their life? This famous city’s accessible buses can transport wheelchair users to places like the British Museum and the National Gallery. Other accessible attractions offer a discount to individuals with disabilities and provide one free caretaker pass. These places include Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tower of London, and Westminster Abbey. Another great thing about London is its array of accessible hotel rooms.

4. Munich, Germany – Germany is not the first vacation destination one would assume is disability-accessible. However, Munich’s transit “is nearly 100 percent barrier-free and becomes more chair-friendly all the time.” What can tourists do in this barrier-free city? They can visit Olympic park, BMW Museum and factory, and the Nymphenburg Palace. Another perk of visiting Munich is easy access to other countries, such as Austria.

What was your best (and worst) vacation experience?

As someone with a mobility disability, you understand the inconvenience that accompanies lack of accessibility in cities. What was your best vacation experience? What was your worst? Leave a comment on this post and share with us and with the disability community of Canada.


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