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The World’s Most Wheelchair Friendly Cities That You Can Visit

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Chris Osburn
Written by Chris Osburn

It’s surprising that, even in today’s world, wheelchair accessibility is not as widespread as it should be. But, some destinations are better than others. If you’re looking for affordable domestic or cheap international flights and are planning your next vacation, but also need to take into account wheelchair accessibility, then we’ve got you covered. From wheelchair airport assistance to accessibility at famous sites and monuments, this list of exciting and dynamic cities will dispel any mobility concerns you may have.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Aerial view of Las Vegas strip in Nevada as seen at night USA

Whether you’re heading to Vegas to find excitement on the casino floor, catch one of the city’s famous live shows, dive into the world-famous dining scene, or simply chill out by the pool, you’ll find this city is one that aims to be accessible to all. Accommodations and attractions here are especially well designed for guests arriving in wheelchairs. An impressive number of tours to the nearby areas such as the Grand Canyon are wheelchair friendly as well.

Barcelona, Spain

Inclined wheelchair lift for people with disabilities. Barcelona. Spain.

Said to be the most accessible city in Europe, Barcelona beckons all who seek to have fun. The vast majority of metro stations and all buses are wheelchair accessible. Even the ancient medieval quarter is relatively easy to navigate in a wheelchair, and keeping city beaches accessible to everyone is of chief importance and part of the welcoming Catalan culture.

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Seattle, Washington

Hipster son running with disabled father in wheelchair at park

Seattle has what many believe to be America’s most accessible transportation system. As soon as you land at Sea-Tac airport, you’ll be quite impressed by its wheelchair airport assistance. You’ll also see that taxis, buses, light rail trains, and ferries are equipped with ramps to enable everybody get around in this particularly hilly city. Even many nature areas in and around town are accessible with boardwalks and viewing platforms. From exploring the Puget Sound to heading to the top of the Space Needle to take in the panoramas, you can create your itinerary with confidence that you’ll be able to do all the things you want when you visit.

Berlin, Germany

Aerial view of Berlin skyline and Spree river in beautiful evening light at sunset in summer, Germany

Mostly flat and with lots of newly constructed buildings and broad streets and sidewalks, the capital of Germany is an easy town to roam around. You won’t encounter any difficulties visiting famous landmarks such as the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate, and you’ll find public transport to be extremely efficient, impeccably clean, and wonderfully accessible.

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Washington D.C.

Disabled people sitting on wheelchair and going to the public bus

All of the main attractions in the nation’s capital are accessible. This includes the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian, and the National Gallery of Art. Sidewalks are wide and every Metro station has at least one elevator.

Singapore

Sunset of Singapore Skyline. Singapore`s business district, blue sky and night view for marina bay

Thoughtful urban planning has made the tiny city-state of Singapore an exalted example of how accessibility for all can be achieved and how it can make a place more enjoyable for everyone. An already impressive and growing number of Singapore’s shopping centers, parks, hotels, and attractions are fully accessible and barrier free. All Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations are as well, with ramps, elevators, and wheelchair-accessible toilets. All metro trains have at least two wheelchair accessible carriages.

Being wheelchair bound doesn’t have to hold you back from being vacation bound. Start looking for cheap international flights to some amazing wheelchair-friendly destinations ASAP!

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Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn

Chris Osburn is a freelance writer, photographer, consultant, and curator and the driving force behind the long running and award winning blog, tikichris.com. Originally from the American Deep South, Chris has lived and worked all over the world and has called London home since 2001.

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