Top Vacation Spots in the US for Disabled People

Being disabled does not mean that you have to give up going on holiday. All it means is that you need to do a little extra planning so that you can enjoy everything in the areas where you visit. The following areas are some of the best places to visit in the US for those traveling with a disability. 

 

Denver, Colorado 

 

Denver has much to offer. The capital city is famous for skiing and outdoor sports but is also home to many fantastic museums, art centers, sporting events, and national park areas. The city is number one on the list for most accessible cites for those with special mobility needs. The bus system is entirely accessible making visiting all of the beautiful exhibits, shops, and restaurants easy. 

 

Seattle, Washington 

 

Known for its coffee and unique northwestern culture, Seattle is one of the most accessible cities in the United States. There is much to do and enjoy in and around Seattle, and the public transportation system is 100 percent accessible. As a bonus, the weather is mild year-round, although sometimes rainy.   People who are impacted by too much heat or cold will enjoy their stay in Seattle. 

 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota 

 

Sioux Falls has never been a really popular tourist destination, and that is a shame. This wonderful city has much to offer in terms of national parks, art museums, shopping, and minor league sports. Winters can be harsh in this area - reaching temps of 10 below zero, but summer temperatures are warm.  Plan your trip accordingly!

 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

 

Raleigh is one of the leading cities in North Carolina. The city boasts beautiful weather for nine months out of the year!  This makes Raleigh a perfect place to visit. There are many different places to enjoy including a symphony, historical war sites, many different architectural places to enjoy, a vivid art community, and many various sporting events, including college sports. 

 

Sarasota, Florida 

 

Sarasota is located on the west coast of central Florida and has quickly become one of the leading areas in the state to visit. The city is very accessible for people with disabilities.  Many of the state parks and beaches have wheelchair accessibility. Sarasota is known for its beautiful beaches, incredible weather, and a superior arts and culture community.  Sarasota is also a foodies dream, and all of the restaurants are completely accessible to those in a wheelchair. Nearby St. Petersburg is also very accessible and has many different things to do, including many summer festivals. 


Wherever you decide to vacation, do your research.  Planning accordingly will ensure a wonderful time of relaxation - or a hectic pace of going and doing and enjoying!  Have fun!

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