Summer is officially in full-swing, kids are out of school and many people will be planning a getaway. For people with disabilities, finding the right vacation spot may be a little bit tricky, particularly if they require wheelchair-accessibility. For those looking for the best travel options that can accommodate, consider the wheelchair-accessible vacation spots below.
The beach is a popular choice when it comes to taking a summer getaway. Luckily for wheelchair users, more beaches are becoming accessible all the time. Many beaches now offer special wheelchairs, mats or boardwalks so people with disabilities can be near the water.
If you prefer an adventure in nature, camping is one of the best wheelchair-accessible vacations for families or groups of friends. You can rent wheelchair-accessible RVs to take on a road trip and then stay in overnight. These modified RVs often come with extra accommodations for seating, sleeping and bathing, as well as offering extra aisle room for maneuvering with the camper. When it’s time to head outside, many campgrounds around the country also offer wheelchair-accessible facilities and activities.
Some may not think theme parks are accessible vacations for people with disabilities, but many of the nation’s biggest parks are wheelchair-accessible. In fact, Disney World, for example, is famous for accommodating those with disabilities with things such as accessible ride passes, wheelchair ramps to attractions, accessible resorts and transportation services for those in wheelchairs or scooters.
Most cruise lines take special care to make sure their ships are wheelchair-accessible. That includes accommodations in cabins and restrooms as well as elevators and ramps throughout. Some lines also offer special activities for disabled passengers and help facilitate on-shore activities at the different destinations.
Parks can be a great wheelchair-accessible vacation spot, as they usually offer open space and great scenery. Some national parks even have special accommodations to allow wheelchair users access to more areas. For example, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado has accessible campsites, trails and boardwalks with great views. Plus, if you have a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, you can easily get to the parks and around the driving trails.
Whatever you do and wherever you go for your vacation, make sure you plan ahead and make whatever arrangements necessary to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable. A summer trip should be relaxing and fun, and you don’t want to end up somewhere that can’t accommodate.