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As the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement, home of the “Real Thing” and with a wheelchair-accessible transportation system, Atlanta is a great place to visit. Many of the main attractions are located close to each other, so you can easily shuttle between them.
As the gateway to the south, and home to the world’s busiest airport, there’s no shortage of places to stopover in Atlanta. With many of the city’s attractions located in the downtown area, it’s an ideal spot to stay for the weekend, a family trip or romantic break.
There are plenty of big and busy attractions in Atlanta, but for those looking to get away from the crowds, think slightly off the beaten (although accessible) path and check out some of this vibrant Southern city’s other must-do sights and sounds.
It may be “The Live Music Capital of the World,” but Austin has so much more to offer than just great music (though be sure to catch some when you’re in town). There’s art (plenty of it), there’s history (loads of that too) and there’s also plenty of nature close by. So, come and visit and, as the well-known slogan says, “Help Keep Austin Weird.”
Billed as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., which means there are plenty of options for visitors looking for a place to stay during a short – or long – trip to the city. Whether you opt for lake-side views or city slicking, there’s no end of hotels to choose from.
Austin is a great place to visit at any time of year. Although it gets hot in the summer (hitting the 90s from June onwards), there are plenty of great spots to cool off – and some where you don’t even have to wear clothes at all. If you want to avoid the crowds – or if you want to be a part of them – make sure you check out the dates of Austin’s two major annual gatherings South by Southwest (spring) and the Austin City Limits Festival (fall). Above all, have fun, and keep it weird.
The city of Boston may be not be the biggest metropolis, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in history. One of the oldest cities in the United States, the city provided the backdrop for several key events in the American Revolution – think Tea Party and Bunker Hill. Today the city is well known for its universities, with Harvard University, MIT and Tufts University making up the aptly named Brainpower Triangle, so it’s hardly surprising there are so many great museums in the area. But it’s not just museums – Boston is quite the draw for sports fans as well, with many considering a visit to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, nothing short of a pilgrimage.
There’s no end of options of where to stay in Boston. Depending on which side of the Charles River you want to be on, both Boston and Cambridge offer a huge range of options to fit all needs – and budgets. From history to shopping and science to sailing, Boston has it all.
Boston has the perfect mix of activities to keep any visitor happy, from history to nature and art to sports. See the city from the water or up high; learn about the amazing creatures who reside off-shore and discover the role the African American community played in Boston’s development.
Charleston was voted “Best City in the World” by “Travel + Leisure” magazine in 2016, which is some provenance. This is certainly a city that takes pride in its history and heritage. As the locals like to say, Charleston is located “where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.” With so many historical houses, plantations and old cobblestone streets, Charleston is not the easiest place to navigate in a wheelchair, but with a reputation for friendliness and hospitality, it’s well worth the effort.
There are plenty of options for staying close to the Historic Downtown sites of Charleston – and with parking at a premium in the city, the less you have to rely on the car, the better. If you choose to stay further out of the city, many hotels offer shuttles, meaning the sights are just a short ride away. Once you are done exploring the city, head out into the surrounding area to explore the plantations, historic houses and nature close to Charleston.
Charleston is a gorgeous city, from its harbor-side setting to its stunning architecture. However, this historical destination is not the most accessible city for visitors who use wheelchairs or have limited mobility. Due to their age, many of the beautiful historic buildings do not have easy access and navigating cobblestone roads is not always simple. While you may not be able to see everything on your wish list, with careful planning and forward thinking, you’ll still have a full and fun itinerary in the Holy City.
Legend has it that Chicago is known as the windy city not because of the cold gusts whipping off Lake Michigan in the winter, but because of its tradition of hot air bellowing from its politicians. This legend fits the city’s lively atmosphere, as it seems there is always something to do here, from its world-class museums to shopping to ubiquitous music and comedy clubs. The vibe of excitement here was recently pushed up a notch when the Cubs won their first World Series since 1908.
Chicago offers many hotel options that put you right in the heart of the action with stunning urban views. The most accessible hotels in the city tend to be the large and newly-renovated chain hotels, which also tend to be somewhat expensive, due to their prime location. While the accessibility levels of the rooms at older and boutique hotels varies, try stepping into their lobby bars for a drink to soak up the atmosphere. One place on your list for this should be the historic Palmer House Hotel, where the ornate bar is decorated with frescoes and marble pillars and the menu includes chocolate chip mojitos.
Although Chicago is located in the heart of the relaxed Midwest, it is a bustling and busy city, brimming not only with shopping and dining, but with a robust arts scene, from museums to performances. With the right amount of planning, you can take in museums by day and music by night, and still have time for a little shopping on Michigan Avenue and dining on legendary deep dish pizza as well as foods from around the world in this truly global and diverse city. Another defining characteristic of Chicago is that moments of silence and escape from the city can be found within the city itself, mainly on the beaches that line Lake Michigan, but also in the wooded parks and in the renowned sky-high observation decks on the top of the John Hancock Building and the Sears Tower.
If you come to Dallas looking for oil rigs, oversized cowboy hats (or cowboys in general) or big hair, it’s time to leave the 1980s behind and stop watching “Dallas” re-runs! Real-life Dallas is brimming with museums, art, culture and enough attractions to keep you busy for many visits. Art, nature, history. This is one city that has it all.
Whether you opt to stay in the Big D itself, or venture further out, there are no end of options for your Dallas trip. Chose the downtown or city area to be close to all the main attractions, or head to the surrounding environs to enjoy places that take advantage of Texas’ wide open spaces with resort-like hotels.
There’s plenty to keep you busy in the Big D and Cowtow, or Dallas and Fort Worth as they are better known. These two cities (known collectively as the Metroplex) have an abundance of museums, endless family friendly activities and plenty of ways to see the area from a different angle (how about, 50 floors up?) While you’ll be hard pressed to fit everything in in just 48 hours, you’ll be happy as all git-out with this itinerary.
If you’re looking for hustle and bustle, frenzy and turmoil, don’t come to Denver. The Mile-High City is cited as one of the U.S.’s most relaxed and chilled out places live and visit. In fact, Denver was named as the best place to live in the U.S. by “U.S. News & World Report” in 2016. Whether you plan on exploring everything the city has to offer, or if you intend to use it as a gateway to the Rockies, Denver is easy, relaxed and extremely inviting.
Whether you come to Denver to explore the city, to head out into the surroundings or use it as a jumping-off point for the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, there are plenty of hotel choices for every budget. Staying downtown puts you in close proximity to many of the city’s major attractions, including the 16th Street Mall and public transportation, while hotels closer to the airport allow you to land and start exploring the city and its environs immediately.
There’s a list at least a mile long of what to do in the Mile High City, so it’s no surprise then that Denver was named one of “Travel + Leisure’s” best places to travel, as well as earning the number 11 spot on the magazine’s annual survey of “America’s Favorite Cities.” Take advantage of Denver’s proximity to the mountains and to nature, as well as its urban treasures, and enjoy the city no matter what season you visit.
In Texas, everything is bigger than almost anywhere else, and as the fourth largest city in the US, Houston has certainly got size on its side. Known as the Space City (it’s home to NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center) and Bayou City (for the ten winding waterways that flow through the city and surrounding area), Houston is vibrant and busy, but also offers plenty of opportunities to slow down and take some time for pure contemplation.
H-town, Space City, the Big Heart – no matter how you spin it, Houston has it all. From world-class shopping (at Texas’ biggest mall) to must-see museums, entertainment and green spaces. With a skyline to rival New York or Chicago, the largest city in the southern U.S. is just crying out for exploration.
Houston seems to have it all: great museums, fabulous open spaces and very cool art (this is a city that loves its outdoor sculptures). While there’s enough to keep you occupied in Houston alone, take a short ride out of the city to Galveston Island to enjoy the glorious Gulf, the beaches and Moody Gardens – an educational theme park that puts visitors who need a little extra assistance front and center.
As the well-known saying goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do that you just won’t be able to stop talking about when you get home. While the Strip has endless attractions, from shopping, eating and general gawking – and don’t forget the gambling – it’s worth taking some time away from the main drag to check out some of Las Vegas’ other attractions.
Everything in Vegas is bigger than anywhere else. While the strip is wheelchair accessible, if not always wheelchair friendly, the sheer distances, coupled with the heat and the heaving mass of people walking around, make taxis a great idea, especially as all taxi companies operating in the city have lift-equipped vans accommodating wheelchairs.
If you prefer to take public transport, the RTC is wheelchair accessible. All of the buses are fully accessible with lifts, ramps or kneeling devices and are equipped with wheelchair securement areas.
The only problem when it comes to picking a hotel in Las Vegas is there are just so many to choose from. Depending on your budget, you can travel the world, stay in a fantasy-themed hotel or opt for something out-of-this-world luxurious.
Given the number of rooms on offer, it’s hardly surprising that Las Vegas is ahead of many other cities when it comes to the availability of accessible rooms and suites. Perhaps the only downside is the size of the hotels, which often make it a long trek from your room to the other amenities the hotel has to offer. Choose wisely, and remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!
There’s no need to gamble on lady luck when you visit Las Vegas. Sure most people come for the shows, the casinos and the shopping, but there are plenty of other attractions to keep you busy if you want a break from the bright lights and gaming tables (don’t worry, they’ll be there when you get back!). So check out some of the off-beat attractions Vegas has to offer and see a different side of the city.
Known for its movie stars and beaches, Los Angeles is also a good place to experience art and science in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The city and its ever-expanding environs feel like they were made for adventure and exploration, from the thrilling 4D rides at Universal Studios to the telescopes at the Griffith Observatory. But as much as it stretches limits, Los Angeles also glows with sparks of nostalgia, from the classic character of Mickey Mouse to the names of Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Monroe and the Beach Boys etched into stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Whether you are seeking glamorous Hollywood style lodgings, family-friendly theme park lodging, or a motel a bit out of town, the Los Angeles area has a range of hotels to meet your needs. The city boasts a number of modern boutique hotels for those interested in the latest hospitality trends. But there are also a number of historic hotels, where you can stay in the same quarters once used by movie stars and other celebrities. Because much of L.A. is relatively new, many hotels meet current ADA accessibility requirements.
When it comes to exploring the sprawling city of Los Angeles, it can be tempting to want to pack in everything, from the vibrant beach culture to star-studded Hollywood to Disneyland. That is usually not possible, at least not without a helicopter to avoid the snarling traffic jams. But when choices are made, the so called City of Angels, a name derived from that of a nearby river when the area was first encountered by European explorers in the 17th century, can still be a heavenly place to explore, even if time is limited.
If you have just two days, we recommend that you concentrate on the beaches, the emerging downtown art scene and the historic streets and landmarks of Hollywood. You will see that because of the creativity that seems to infuse every part of life here, these places will provide the very thrills you may be afraid you are missing by skipping out on the theme parks, at least for this visit.
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People generally don’t come to Maui for museums or art galleries, although there are some fine examples of both on the island. Instead, they come to enjoy the beach, the sea and the incredible weather – and there’s plenty of accessible ways to do so. Take to the sky on a helicopter trip, dive deep down on a scuba trip or just lie back and relax on one of the many picture-perfect beaches.
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Once you get done with the accessible beaches and pools in Maui, take some time to explore the island’s other gems. We promise, you won’t be sorry. Depending on the time of year you visit, you could even indulge in one of the best activities on Maui – whale watching. Even if you arrive out of season, there’s enough to do that 48 hours just won’t be enough to fit it all in.
There’s so much to do in Miami, if you can manage to drag yourself away from the city’s endless beaches, beautiful street life and gorgeous architecture. Miami is especially blessed with museums, making it easy to get an insight into the wide range of communities that make up this vibrant and dynamic city.
To beach or not to beach, that is the only question when picking a Miami hotel. Whether you stay close to the beach, or opt to be a little further out, there is plenty to do and see in this Magic City, including shopping, museums and beaches. With outdoor pools almost de rigueur, no matter where you stay, you’ll be able to enjoy the famed Miami weather.
With a nickname like the Magic City, any visit to Miami is going to be a real thrill. There is no end of things to do, from relaxing at the beach, checking out the amazing architecture, heading out of the city and getting close to nature or just watching the beautiful people go by.
Nashville and country music go together, like, well, Nashville and country music. It’s impossible to imagine one without the other. Home to the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running live radio show, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville is never far from its music roots. But there’s plenty of other attractions too – from art to zoos and even a replica of an iconic Greek building, (you’ll know it when you see it) – making Nashville a great destination, even if country music’s not your thing.
Nashville hits all the right notes. The place is hot, red hot, according to “Time Magazine,” which dubbed it “The South’s Red-Hot Town. Nashville’s also been awarded the accolade of one of 30 places to visit before you’re 30 (by “Condé Nast”), destination of the year by “Travel + Leisure” and “Budget Travel’s” list of most beautiful cities in America. Visit Nashville and make up your own tribute for the Athens of the South.
We were going to write a list of all the songs and albums recorded in Nashville, but there’s just too many to list. Anyone who’s anyone has put down some tracks in the city that can’t stop singing, including Elvis (“Heartbreak Hotel”), Bob Dylan “Blonde on Blonde”) Jimmy Buffet (“License to Chill”) and Taylor Swift (“Love Story”). But Nashville is more than just a music center. It’s the home of Maxwell House Coffee, the Goo Goo Cluster (make sure you try it) and can also claim a president or two. So, while there’s music attractions aplenty, make sure you spend some time visiting some of Nashville’s other high notes.
New Orleans’ reputation as a party town (perhaps the party town) precedes it. While there’s tons of fun to be had on Bourbon Street and the surrounding area once the sun goes down, New Orleans also offers a wealth of unmissable attractions to keep you busy once the sun comes up.
Most visitors who come to New Orleans opt to stay in or close to the French Quarter, which is also known as the Vieux Carré. Staying so close to the attractions and vibrant nightlife of the Quarter makes it easy to have a true New Orleans experience and also puts visitors in close proximity to public transportation, making it as simple as the ingredients in a beignet to visit some of the more distant, must-see city sites.
There’s nowhere in the world quite like New Orleans. You can’t come to the city without exploring the French Quarter, taking in the nightlife of Bourbon Street and the surroundings or visiting a cemetery or two. But there’s plenty more to see and do in NOLA both by day and night. Find out about the city’s history, taste a culinary mainstay and find out why a merry-go-round has been thrilling locals – and visitors – for almost 70 years.
There is no end of sights to see in New York. In fact, the hardest decision for any visitor is deciding exactly what to do. No matter if it’s your first visit to the city, or if you’re a New York veteran, there is always something new and exciting to see in this city that never sleeps and rarely takes a rest.
No matter where you stay in New York, you’ll always be close to the main attractions. While New York hotels aren’t cheap, if you look outside the main tourist locales, there are (slightly) more budget-friendly options. Wherever you stay, you’ll be a part of it – New York!
The Big Apple, Gotham, the City that Never Sleeps, The City So Nice They Named It Twice. There’s no end to New York’s nicknames, and there’s no end to the sights, sounds and attractions on offer in one of the world’s busiest and most iconic cities.
Whether you are seeking theme parks filled with roller coasters and cartoon characters, tropical landscapes or great shopping, Orlando is a great place to spend a weekend or a longer vacation. It is the most popular tourist destination in the United States, with new attractions opening all the time. Many of the top attractions strive to accommodate visitor needs as much as possible, including those with disabilities. Its suburban nature also means plenty of space for parking, sidewalks and accessible outdoor areas.
There is so much to do in Orlando, from theme parks to museums to nature preserves, that a visit here often requires an overnight stay. The area is bursting with great hotel options for all budgets. Because the city is relatively new and growing, many of the hotels are new, or upgraded often, which means most meet updated requirements for accessibility.
Orlando is the most popular tourist destination in the United States, and is full of magical experiences. Its multiple theme parks, including Disney World and Universal Studios, but also the lesser-known LegoLand and GatorLand, are great for families and people of all ages. But there are also plenty of activities outside the all-consuming world of theme parks, including a new observation wheel, a botanical garden, and scientific adventures offered at The Orlando Science Center and a bit further afield at Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center. Because it is a relatively new city and very suburban, many of its sites and activities are easily accessible to people with disabilities.
Philadelphia is a history buff’s dream, but that doesn’t mean the attractions are stuck in the past. Explore your inner child, unleash your inner art critic or even your inner Sylvester Stallone as you explore the City of Brotherly Love.
Come for the history, stay for the cheesesteak! Whether you are a sport’s fan (go Eagles!), art enthusiast or history buff, or if you just want to enjoy Philadelphia’s nearly 10,000 acres of parkland, there’s no end of things to do and see and do in Pennsylvania’s largest city.
With a history dating back to 1682, it’s hardly surprising there’s so much to see and do in Philadelphia. As well as the must-see sites – think liberty, history and museums aplenty – there’s plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. The difficulty is in narrowing down your choices of what to do in the Birthplace of America. After all, with more than 300 years of history, 48 hours is just not going to be long enough!
With year-round sunshine and a laid back vibe, San Diego is an enticing mix of parks, beaches and natural beauty combined with the urban pleasures of shopping and dining. Discover the history of early America and Mexico, explore a 170-year-old lighthouse and visit one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world. Much of San Diego is accessible, as the city tries hard to make attractions available to everyone. There are many places to rent wheelchairs and scooters, including beach wheelchairs at specific beaches. The non-profit organization Accessible San Diego offers a free guide to the city, and can consult via phone or email with visitors who may have questions.
San Diego’s white sandy beaches and green hillsides offer a luscious setting for golf resorts that feel like a cross between a tropical resort and a Tuscan estate. Hotels can also be found in the historic Gaslamp and Little Italy neighborhoods, putting dining, shopping and entertainment options just steps from the door. Like other newer West Coast cities, many of San Diego’s hotels were built in recent decades and comply with current ADA standards for accessibility. Your biggest challenge will likely be deciding which of the classy, trendy or funky hotels you want to make your home during your visit here. The non-profit organization Accessible San Diego offers free consultations by phone or email about hotels that may best your needs. This organization can be reached at (619) 325-7550.
San Diego has emerged in recent years as a top destination for tourism, as it boasts some of the country’s most luxurious vacation and golf resorts, as well as its world-famous zoo and safari park. While enjoying those touristy parts of this coastal area, there are also plenty of places to soak up history and enjoy spectacular nature. As more tourists head for San Diego, the area’s food and nightlife scene has also become more upscale, with a rising number of world-class craft breweries and trendy rooftop bars, where you can cap off your evening by looking out over the San Diego Bay, a natural Pacific harbor that drew the first settlers to this area thousands of years ago.
From the fog rolling into the city off the bay to the tales of Alcatraz Island, San Francisco brims with mystery and surprises. A few days spent exploring this city will enrich your understanding of many of America’s social movements and trends, from immigration to the free-love hippies of the 1960s, to the innovation of the high tech industry. It is also a mix of the wild and the tamed, of rugged landscapes and urban development, all packed into less than 50 square miles reached by travelling across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Many of San Francisco’s hotels are as eclectic as the city itself; a mix of old and new; rustic and polished. Most of the most popular hotels are situated around Union Square, a neighborhood featuring an open public plaza surrounded by numerous shopping and dining options; or on Fisherman’s Wharf, the historical site of the city’s fishing industry that is now an entertainment district. The best bets for accessibility are to book a large hotel that is part of a national chain, or to look for a boutique hotel that has recently been renovated, which means it must conform to updated laws governing accessibility.
San Francisco is a city that is constantly in flux, and is undergoing a big building boom as more of the high-tech startups here become large, established corporations. But the innovation here is not just present in the high-tech sector, it can also be seen and experienced through exploring the history of this diverse city, from immigrants who started out here anew and helped shape the city to the counterculture of the hippies of the 1960s. As you explore the city, from spooky Alcatraz to rugged Land’s End to the upscale renaissance happening at Fisherman’s Wharf, tasting the diverse foods along the way helps you dive a bit further beneath the surface, even if your time here is limited.
When you think of Seattle, you probably think of rain, rain, coffee, and more rain. But don’t let the weather forecast put you off. Seattle actually receives less rain than many other U.S. cities*, so don’t be put off exploring this awesome urban city and enjoying its stunning natural backdrop. (*Okay we lied, sort of. Seattle may get less rain than other places, but it has more rainy days, so don’t forget to bring a raincoat and umbrella!).
Seattle manages to be corporate (it’s the base of Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and Costco) and a trend shaper (it’s the city that launched grunge, got a nation hooked on pricy caffeine and was the first U.S. city to play a Beatles song on the radio). With its many hills, make sure you pick a hotel that’s makes it easy to navigate the street and be aware that many of the downtown area hotels charge a high fee for the privilege of parking — making both public transportation or a hotel further out choices worth looking into.
If you thought the Emerald City was only found somewhere over the rainbow, think again. Seattle is a real-life Emerald City that is well worth navigating hilly roads, frequent rain showers and overcast skies. In fact, the wet weather is what makes this Northwest city so green (hence the nickname). So, don’t forget your waterproofs, figure out how to avoid the worst of the hills (see below), click your heels and remember, there’s no place like Seattle.
If you are a museum buff, Washington DC is the place for you. Best of all, many of these world-class destinations are completely free of charge (thanks Smithsonian Institution!). Once you’ve had your fill of education and information, explore the monuments and memorials on the National Mall, get close to nature at the zoo or botanical gardens or simply take in the eclectic architecture of the city that Charles Dickens called the “City of Magnificent Intentions.”
There’s so much to see and do in Washington D.C. that wherever where you stay, you’ll never be far away from some of the country’s best museums, most renowned sites and iconic buildings. Head for downtown if you want to be in walking distance to the top attractions, or stay further out in Arlington to get a different perspective on the nation’s capital.
With 18 Smithsonian sites to explore, more museums and sites than you can imagine (and we didn’t even begin to talk about the monuments), there’s no way you can do more than scratch the surface of everything Washington D.C. offers in just 48 hours. Pick your sites wisely, don’t try to do too much and begin compiling your list of must-see destinations for your return visit (and the one after that, and the one after that…).