No doubt there are amazing places all over the world worth traveling to but for those in a wheelchair, choosing a travel destination takes research and planning. Many countries are making accessibility related adaptations to their infrastructures; however others make completely independent travel difficult. If you talk to other disabled travelers, there are plenty of accessible destinations to enjoy, and immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle.
North America, and the United States in particular is a good options for the wheelchair traveler due to the passage of ADA laws a few decades back. There are many great locations in North America, and what you choose depends on the kind of experience you are looking for.
If it is the historical side of the United States you are after, then two great ideas are Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Both have great public transportation systems and historical buildings everywhere around the city.
On the West Coast, it is all about the beach. Head to San Diego for warm California beach and the sun. In Northern California, there are a number of great beach towns including Santa Cruz where temperatures are cool.
Other great wheelchair travel ideas would be to drive up the Highway 1 from California to Oregon and Washington, which is almost entirely on the coast. It’s been voted by many travel publications as being one of the most spectacular routes in the world. Once you are up in Washington keep going to Vancouver, B.C. which is also an incredible scenic drive and a very wheelchair friendly city.
If you are looking for more of an outdoor experience then some wheelchair travel ideas including seeing Yosemite National Park or the Grand Canyon. Yosemite National Park is located in California at the base of the Sierra Mountains. Lust forests, waterfall, valleys, and steep canyon walls carved by glaciers entertain the senses. At the Grand Canyon the desert sands and might Colorado River have carved a natural masterpiece over an estimated 17 million years. Surrounding the Grand Canyon the desert displays mother earth’s raw beauty. Even stripped away and bear, she is still magnificent.
Besides the United States and Canada, more wheelchair travel ideas can be a trip to Cancun, Mexico. It is a big tourist location and has more wheelchair access updates than anywhere else in Mexico.
In Europe, there are many wheelchair travel destinations. More and more countries and specific regions of the world are making changes to improve accessibility. However, out of all the counties the more accessible wheelchair travel destinations voiced in a recent wheelchairtraveling.com poll are the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, Vänersborg, Montpellier, and Vienna. All great options if Europe is the region you wish to enjoy. More travel ideas would be to look at Asia and the wheelchair travel destinations to explore are Tokyo and Singapore. These two cities are modern and by far have the most accessible updates in Asia, according to some experienced wheelchair users.
There are many other destinations around the world, some smaller and less talked about than the ones mentioned and others just as well known. Wheelchair travel ideas begin with you, and the type of experience are you looking for? Unique traveling experiences await if you are open new ideas and cultures. Start from within and then start packing!