WEST COAST AMERICA FOR DISABLED TRAVELLERS with Can be Done
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There are few destinations in the world that are as accessible as the cities of the west coast of America. They pride themselves on being wheelchair friendly and a large number of the main attractions have been equipped with materials in Braille and assistive listening devices – some even have their own sign language interpreters. It is fair to say that a handicapped visitor to the West Coast will not miss out on almost any experience that an able bodied traveller can enjoy.
Accessible Holidaying in San Francisco
In San Francisco, the locals have risen to the challenge of their hillside urban landscape to make getting around a stress free prospect for the disabled visitor. Taxis are equipped with ramps and do not charge extra for their use, so reaching your destination should be unproblematic.
The only complication for the handicapped traveller in San Francisco is deciding what to see first. Hit the Embarcadero, which is a level stretch that runs for miles, lined with great restaurants and many attractions. You can catch the ferry – which has its own ramp and accessible bathrooms – to Alcatraz, where a special transport shuttle can take you to right up to the famous cell block there.
The Golden Gate Park and Crissy Field offer acres of open space and paved trails that are definitely worth a visit. At Crissy Field you can even hire one of their two all terrain wheelchairs to explore off the beaten path.
Downtown San Francisco has much for the culture vulture and all the museums are accessible. And once your mind is sated, you are perfectly positioned to shop in Westfield Mall or the boutiques of Chestnut Street.
If San Francisco inspires you, give us a call and we’ll send you on the holiday of your dreams.
Los Angeles for Disabled Travellers
Los Angeles boasts an amazing collection of wheelchair accessible and disabled friendly attractions that could keep you entertained for a lifetime. The LA Zoo, the contemporary art museum and the Getty Center all have sign language interpreters to make sure you get the most from your visit. The Aquarium of the Pacific has access right up to the sides of the jelly fish tanks and you can make use of free audio tours for the blind and copies of the show scripts for the deaf.
Head down to the Venice Boardwalk to soak up the carnival atmosphere, experience the jaw dropping street performers or see the sun set over the Pacific. It’s one of the most accessible places in the city and you won’t miss a thing.
For some adventure, try Universal Studios Hollywood where there are many rides and shows that are wheelchair accessible. Or head out to Six Flags Magic Mountain, where the disabilities guidebook will assist you in enjoying the rides, shows, games, shops and restaurants to the full.
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Seattle: The Emerald City
Seattle was voted Number 1 in a recent survey of the Top Most Wheelchair Accessible Cities in the United States, so you’re in for a treat when you visit the Emerald City. Taxis, city buses, the light rail system and the water ferries are all equipped with ramps, so getting around is easy and inexpensive. This is really good news as there is so much to see!
Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Space Needle – these have all been designed to be wheelchair friendly and the list of equally accessible attractions could go on and on.
You can wander Pioneer Square, which is the historic district, where the eclectic architectural styles of the buildings erected during the 19th century offer a jumbled and charming urban vista. With a well maintained system of sidewalks and ramps, the area is entirely feasible for disabled travellers.
Leaving the past behind, you can join Boeing’s Future of Flight and Aviation Center Tour which includes ADA accessible tours, a modified mini bus and lifts and ramps that are strategically arranged so that the handicapped visitor gets the full experience.
Where To Stay
Our portfolio of west coast hotels in the United States has been put together to ensure that disabled travellers can expect a high level of comfort and accessibility whether they’re staying in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle.
The hotels have large bathrooms and some offer telecommunication devices for the hard of hearing.
To choose a hotel that suits your individual needs, give us a call and we’ll help you find the perfect match.
When looking for a San Francisco hotel with a prime location, look no further than the Hilton San Francisco hotel. With its premier location in the heart of city, you will find yourself within walking distance to the famous San Francisco Neighborhoods like Chinatown, Nob Hill, the famous Cable Cars, shopping, dining and much more.
Located at the south end of The Strip, New York New York Hotel & Casino is one of Las Vegas’s most recognizable resorts, welcoming you with its Manhattan skyline exterior and very own Statue of Liberty.
The Mirage is the original Vegas mega-resort, a AAA Four Diamond award-winner located at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip with an everevolving and always-revolutionary list of offerings and amenities.
The landmark Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites is conveniently located in the centre of the downtown financial district, amid Los Angeles’ cultural and shopping complexes and down the street from the convention centre with Beverly Hills, Disneyland and area beaches close by.
This hotel overlooks the vast Lake Union and is near to the Aquarium, Imax and Seattle’s Waterfront.