The USA is a popular holiday destination for travellers, with its vibrant cities and gorgeous national parks – the country is so vast that you’d never be short of anything to do.
Finding destinations that are wheelchair accessible may have once been a difficult prospect, but now there are many places in America that cater for disabilities, without missing out on any of the adventure.
We’ve handpicked some of the best holiday destinations and trips in the USA that are easily accessible for holiday-goers in wheelchairs.
- Zion National Park, Utah
Located in Utah, this national park is a beautiful escape for travellers who want to see stunning panoramic views, diverse and colourful plant life and wildlife in their natural habitat.
Wheelchair users can enjoy the stunning view on the accessible trails, which are signposted on the website if assistance may be required. The emerald pools are a must-see, with its sparkling pools and waterfalls, along with breath-taking sights and towering rock formations. Comprised of three pools on different levels, wheelchair users can easily access the lower pool.
- Disney World, Florida
Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is incredibly accessible for wheelchair users and guests with disabilities. Wheelchairs and Electric Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs) are available to rent and the theme park allows disabled guests to schedule a return time at specific attractions to avoid long waits in queues.
In addition, their hotels are wheelchair friendly, with accessibility to all areas, and the complimentary transport systems (such as the bus) all accommodate wheelchairs.
For a truly magical and accessible holiday that the whole family will love, consider planning your trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
- Honolulu, Hawaii
If a relaxing break in the sun is what you’re after, many beaches in the USA are now incredibly accommodating to wheelchair users, providing specialist wheelchairs, beach mats and boardwalks that reach the water’s edge.
In particular, Hanauma Bay and Kailua Beach Park in Honolulu loans out beach wheelchairs to visitors who have mobility impairments and they’re even free of charge at Hanauma. These chairs can be wheeled right into the water, so no one misses the fun of these idyllic beaches.
Others beaches in the USA which are easily accessible include Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, Silver Strand State Beach in Colorado and Ocean Beach in San Diego.
Planning an accessible holiday can be stressful, but it needn’t be as many resorts and visitor attractions are welcoming to those with disabilities or require wheelchair access. We’ve picked three of our favourites, but with some research you can find some beautiful and adventurous spots in America for the whole family to enjoy.