Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the fastest growing cities of the United States, has been labeled as one of the most accessible cities of North America. For travelers with disabilities, Seattle is a living heaven. Despite being a hilly region, it provides the necessary comforts and access to all kinds of travelers. No wonder it’s called an accessible vacation spot!
This city offers not just wheelchair friendly hotels, but also wheelchair friendly attractions and tourist spots. With just a bit of careful planning, the traveler is all set for his accessible Seattle vacation.
The Wheelchair Friendly Accommodations
Seattle is known to be the vacationers’ home, as far as accommodation is concerned. There are many hotels available for stay. A lot of these hotels are considered to be wheelchair friendly, as they make themselves accessible to the people with disabilities.
The rooms at these wheelchair accessible hotels are completely outfitted with equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, wheelchair level toilet seats and spacious living rooms. To get to the rooms you can always use elevators. Some of these hotels have grab bars near their toilets while others have mini bath tubs for the guests. Select hotels have roll in showers, while some others give out shower chairs, if the guests request for it.
Apart from the well fitted rooms, these hotels also offer sauna, free parking, Wi-Fi, buffet breakfast, and a restaurant. The Residence Inn Seattle Lake Union, The Warwick Seattle Hotel, The Alexis Hotel etc. are some of the wheelchair accessible accommodations in this city.
Tourist Attractions Made Accessible
If you have been fantasizing aeronautics for a while now, here’s your chance to explore it. Visit the “Future of flight and aviation centre tour”, which is also one of the brilliant tourist attractions of this city. It’s a three hour tour which takes you into the world of aircrafts and their manufacturing facilities. There are ADA accessible tours offered to make it accessible for people with disabilities. For these tours, mini buses with lift and ramp access are provided. Of course, these tours need to be pre-booked, in case you wish to avail them.
If you wish take a glimpse of architecture that is influenced by the east, you must necessarily visit the Seattle Chinatown-International district. You will be surrounded by the essence of the eastern flavors which includes the Wing Luke Asian Museum, retails as well as restaurants.
Heard of the Space Needle? A visit to this place is a must, if you are vacationing in Seattle. This is a 520 foot tower, which offers a 360 pan view of the whole city including the hilly regions. This is completely wheelchair accessible. There are ramps and elevators provided for the disabled access this area and enjoy the scenic view.
The Cultural Views of Seattle
There is a subtle cultural side to Seattle too, which is wheelchair accessible. Seattle art museum is one of the oldest and one of the best museums of this city. It consists of 25000 pieces of collection that belong to the European and American fine arts. You will find elevators, ramps, loaner wheelchairs, drop off at front entrance etc. to make the museum wheelchair accessible.
The other most visited cultural site of Seattle would be the Pioneer Square National Historic District. It offers a peek into Romanesque, Beau Arts Architecture, and Second Renaissance Revival. You can access this district using sidewalks, ramps and public transportation that possess the wheelchair lifts. If you are looking for some nightlife, this is the ideal place for you.
Seattle is fully equipped and completely outfitted to receive its vacationers!
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