Sometimes it seems that the best the world has to offer is a little bit out of reach if you’re a wheelchair user. For those of you in that position, you know exactly what I mean. Now obviously, this was not a purposeful move. These landmarks and world attractions were made with the idea that people would explore them and they would want to experience the culture and history attached. Yet, they may not have been designed with your particular needs in mind. However, there are several world landmarks that are quite accessible indeed. Here is a list of some of the most wheelchair accessible landmarks around the world:
This has become one of the most famous icons in the UK. People look at the Eye now as they used to look at Big Ben. It has become the new symbol that defines London. The good news for you as a wheelchair traveler is that this is one of the most accessible attractions in the world. The Eye is not your typical Ferris Wheel. You actually get into a capsule that closes in and takes you on your circular journey. All of the capsules are air-conditioned and wheelchair friendly. You will have a lot of fun enjoying your time in the sky while you move around London’s Eye and take in some amazing views of the city.
This is one of the most mysterious landmarks in the world. People question how the stones got there and we may never know. After all, that is part of the fun is it not? Due to the fact that we don’t know, all sorts of theories from aliens to divine intervention have been proposed as positive plausible hypothesis for the stones’ configuration. Regardless of the folklore, one thing you can count on here is the accessibility. If you want to get up close and personal to the stones, all you have to do is take the designated green path with your wheelchair and you can cast a spell or two of your own in no time.
Head to Rome and you will find two things that are defining about the city; Rome has a unique aging history set against the backdrop of a modern urban society. And, amongst all of that, they are quite accessible too. The Coliseum in particular is very easy to navigate. There are ramps and inferences scattered throughout. The only caution I might add here is sunscreen. If it is hot and you find yourself without a hat or shade, you want to make sure that you don’t burn.
The Highland that was the first spot for every American immigrant that came to the United States is also quite accessible. That is to say, the island is. The ferries are accessible and staff will help you with boarding. Restrooms on board the ferry are not accessible, however that’s not usually a big deal since it only takes about 20 minutes to get to the island. Once you are on the island you can roll just about anywhere that your heart desires. The history and culture that is on display is absolutely amazing. Definitely worthwhile, and a great way to spend an afternoon.
The Statue of Liberty
While you cannot access the top of the monument with your wheelchair, you are certainly free to explore Liberty Park in all of its glory. There are plenty of things to do and places to go on the island. Plus, there are several great places for photo ops of the statue herself. The terrain is easy to navigate as there are great concrete walkways and paths that were developed with accessibility in mind. In addition, restrooms at both parts are wheelchair accessible.
Sydney Opera House
The Opera House in Sydney is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, not just Australia. They are committed to providing access to their venue so that all disabled people can enjoy the shows that are hosted there annually. This means there are great walkways and accessible restrooms on site. You should have no problem getting as close to the performance as you would like. One of the best performances during the year is the New Year’s Eve fireworks show. If you can find a hotel reservation, do it. You have never seen anything like this before in your life!
The City of Love isn’t the most accessible city in the world, but if you do manage to get around then you’ll probably want to visit the Eiffel Tower. This is one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, and is completely wheelchair friendly. Wheelchair users can ride the elevator up to the second tier of the Eiffel Tower. You can take in the spectacular views of Paris from here and there is a bakery and small gift shop as well. The Eiffel Tower is usually packed with tourists, but if you can stand the long wait in line then it’s definitely worth it.
Hopefully now you have a few more places to add to your travel list. These attractions are world renowned and full of splendor. Some of them have been around for centuries while others are newer. Either way, they are all surrounded by rich culture and history. You will have no trouble navigating these world monuments. That should put your mind at ease because after all, you want to spend your time enjoying the landmark rather than figuring out how to navigate it.
What world landmarks have you visited and how accessible were they?