The United States of America is one of the most visited countries around the world. In fact, it welcomes approximately 79.8 million tourists each year. Each of those tourists has their own culture, beliefs, traditions, attitude, and most importantly, their own special needs. And with that many tourists coming in each year, USA definitely is expected to cater to those differences.
Hence, it is guaranteed that as a wheelchair traveler, you’re most likely going to experience a more accessible and hassle-free vacation in the US. After all, you’ve got 50 states to choose from.
But still, it’s important to take note that each state differs in terms of accessibility for the disabled. Some have better facilities, while some still have room for improvement. Nevertheless, in this blog, we’re going to show you the top 10 most wheelchair-friendly cities in the US!
10. Boston, MA
Despite being one of the country’s oldest and most historic cities, Boston is impressively up-to-date in terms of wheelchair-accessibility. From access to public transportation, taxis, sidewalks, attractions, and hotels, the City of Boston totally deserves a spot on this list. Moreover, the city’s iconic attractions such as the Skywalk Observatory and the Museum of Fine Arts are all wheelchair-friendly. So explore your heart out in this amazing city!
9. San Francisco, CA
Contrary to popular belief, San Francisco is actually accessible for the disabled. It may have a hilly landscape, but you’ll be impressed by how wheelchair-friendly are their transportation. Not only are their main public transportation services accessible, but their drivers are also trained in securing wheelchairs. You can easily visit the infamous Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island without leaving the comfort of your chair!
8. Dallas, TX
The city has been undergoing massive redevelopment. But whatever the city may look like, one thing that stands out the most from this city is the attitude of inclusivity. Dallas truly unites people of all races, ethnicities, and religions; and this welcoming feeling is evident throughout the city. Now, Dallas is slowly making progress in terms of accessibility. An almost fully accessible public transportation system, coupled with attractions that are open to all, make Dallas a perfect destination for the wheelchair traveler.
7. Denver, CO
Denver is best known for its incredible green spaces and natural surroundings. On top of that, the city’s well-rounded climate allows residents and visitors to enjoy summer and winter. The majority of Denver’s free and paid attractions, museums and sights are fully accessible. If you’re looking for a perfect relaxation get-away by being surrounded by nature, then this city is the place for you!
6. Las Vegas, NV
Of course, the Sin City of the West. The inclusivity in this city is truly outstanding – everyone is bound to have fun! The city is filled to the brim with accessible things to do – casino gambling, games, live shows, entertainment, poolside relaxation, and thrills! Even public areas and sidewalks are 100% wheelchair-friendly. If you’re planning on visiting this place, just make sure to get plenty of sleep ahead of time. Because you won’t be resting any time soon due to the abundance of activities!
5. New York, NY
The largest city in the United States. Once you step foot in New York, you’ll be overwhelmed by the diversity of people around you. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind crowded places, then you must visit New York. The majority of New York City’s must-see attractions are entirely accessible and wheelchair friendly. This includes the Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, and so much more!
4. Seattle, WA
Seattle offers unprecedented accessibility in terms of transportation, including wheel friendly ferries and taxis featuring wheelchair ramps. The city’s attractions are diverse, offering something for everyone. The Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, and the famous Space Needle are just a few of the many things to see and do. I assure you that you won’t regret visiting the Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest.
3. Philadelphia, PA
The City of Brotherly Love welcomes tourists of all abilities. Travelers will delight in the city’s high level of accessibility, from the tourist attractions and historical sites to the sports stadiums, public transportation system, sidewalks and more. Plus, you get to visit the ‘birthplace of America’ as you’re wheeling on. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center are all within walking distance of one another. Never worry about your stay in the hotel while in this city. The good news is, hotels with wheelchair-accessible rooms are available across all price points in Philadelphia.
2. Washington, D.C.
Washington is one of the world’s most wheelchair accessible city. It prides itself with breath-taking monuments, museums, history, art & architecture. Located in Washington is the country’s most essential palace: The White House. Aside from that, you can easily access the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. So if you’re feeling a bit patriotic (or a history nerd) then Washington is the place for you!
1. Chicago, IL
I might be biased, but you’ll fall in love quickly with Chicago. Also known as the Wind City, Chicago attracts more than 40 million tourists each year, plus more than 2.7 million residents. By going around the city, you’ll see 360 Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Chicago Theatre. These iconic tourist attractions are highly accessible by all walks of life. Moreover, not only are the locations wheelchair-friendly, but also transportation. Chicago is abundant of wheelchair-accessible vehicles so you don’t have to wait for hours just to find suitable transportation.
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