Travel is one of the latest frontiers in the march toward accessibility, and more destinations are becoming wheelchair-friendly every year! I’ve scoured the globe to discover the world’s most wheelchair accessible cities, and I share what I’ve learned in these wheelchair travel guides. As the United Nations has prioritized the development of accessible infrastructure, more destinations have opened themselves to travelers with disabilities.
Travel guides for the cities listed below include information on the accessibility of attractions & sights, adapted hotel rooms (with roll-in showers), airports and disability assistance, public transportation, wheelchair taxis (with ramps), sidewalks, footpaths, curb ramps and more. Use these guides to plan your next wheelchair accessible vacation!
Wheelchair Accessible Cities in the United States & Canada
This state capital, the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., was once host to the Summer Olympics.
Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the edge of the city’s Inner Harbor.
Home to historic sites dating to the Revolutionary War Era, Boston is improving in wheelchair accessibility.
The “Windy City” is one of America’s most accessible, with countless attractions situated along beautiful Lake Michigan.
A vibrant city undergoing constant redevelopment, Dallas is becoming a favorite for wheelchair travelers.
Set alongside the Rocky Mountains, Denver is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States.
Fort Myers, FL
Accessible beaches, a national wildlife refuge and delicious cuisine are just some of the things you’ll find in this Gulf Coast treasure.
A Midwestern city with impressive accessibility plus museums and monuments of surprisingly high quality.
Las Vegas, NV
“Sin City” attracts wheelchair users from all over the world and features an endless selection of entertainment to keep you coming back.
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood is the big draw, but you’ll find so much more: beaches, museums, entertainment, sports and 5-star cuisine.
Beer, bratwurst and midwest culture combine to form a truly amazing vacation destination.
Plan a trip to the Province of Québec, see its natural beauty & explore the oldest cities in North America.
Music City is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and loads of bars with live tunes. Enough said, right?
New Orleans, LA
Bourbon Street, jazz music, beignets and creole cuisine. Need I say more?
New York City, NY
From Broadway to Lower Manhattan, you won’t find a more diverse or international city than this.
One of the most important cities in early American history, Philadelphia welcomes tourists of all abilities.
At the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, you’ll find the City of Bridges.
The “Creative Capital” of New England is the most charming “big” city in the region.
Solve the mystery of the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident and come face-to-face with aliens in this New Mexico gem.
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah’s capital city and former host to the 2002 Olympic Games, SLC is fantastic in all seasons.
San Francisco, CA
The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf will keep you occupied – all are wheelchair accessible.
Seattle is the most iconic cities in the Pacific Northwest, with some of the best seafood in America.
This small city played an oversized role in bringing the right to vote to every American.
St. Louis, MO
The “Gateway to the West” has undergone a downtown revitalization, making it more accessible to everyone.
The Gold Standard in wheelchair accessibility, the nation’s capital sets a great example for the world.
Wheelchair Accessible Cities in Africa & the Middle East
The Great Pyramids of Giza are only one aspect of the 4,500 years of history on display in the Egyptian capital.
Cape Town, South Africa
Multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites, breathtaking natural beauty and a compelling history that will consume you.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, dominates the most impressive skyline in the Middle East.
Explore East Africa and come face-to-face with lions, leopards and elephants on safari in the Masai Mara.
Wheelchair Accessible Cities in Asia
Although the Thai capital is one of the least accessible major cities in Asia, it can still be enjoyed through determination.
Sitting atop the Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a wheelchair accessible experience you’ll never forget.
Hong Kong, China
Asia’s most wheelchair-friendly city boasts a symphonic light show that illuminates the skyline of skyscrapers.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This former British territory is one of the most free and diverse Muslim nations in the world.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Home of the world’s first wheelchair accessible tuk-tuk, Cambodia’s capital has the highest rate of amputees per capita.
Seoul, South Korea
If you enjoy street food, you won’t find a city that does it better.
This travel guide is in development and will be published later this year.
The most accessible city in Mainland China, Shanghai has an impressive downtown and the world’s fastest Maglev train.
Wheelchair Accessible Cities in Europe
The 17th-century Golden Age is alive in Amsterdam, easily one of Europe’s most walkable (and rollable) cities.
A city once decimated and divided by war, international politics and a wall, Berlin has risen from the ashes like no other city.
With one of the most charming and wheelchair-friendly Old Towns in Europe, the Slovakian capital city is a must-see.
Grand Place, the city’s central square, is the most picturesque in all of Europe.
Although accessibility is a challenge, this Eastern European city is a must visit destination.
Take your wheelchair to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, and meet wild monkeys in the process.
Accessibility in the British capital is constantly improving, making London a fantastic trip for wheelchair users.
Luxembourg City’s medieval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is unmatched in beauty.
Spain’s capital city is home to some of the world’s most renowned art museums, including the Reina Sofía, where Picasso’s “Guernica” is on display.
Rolling your wheelchair into the Kremlin and Red Square need not be a dream anymore.
Get lost in the beer halls during the annual Oktoberfest celebration. Don’t drink too much, though, if you’re driving a wheelchair!
The gem of Scandinavia will take your breath away with its natural beauty and old world charm.
The City of Lights won’t disappoint. Wheelchair users get free access to the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie, Palace of Versailles and more.
Prague, Czech Republic
Central Europe’s “City of a Hundred Spires” is much more wheelchair-friendly than you might expect.
Located at the mouth of the Daugava River and Baltic Sea, Riga features a pedestrian-only historic city center.
The Eternal City boasts ancient Roman ruins, easy access to Vatican City and some of the best cuisine in Europe.
This travel guide is in development and will be published later this year.
Located near the geographic center of Europe, Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed Old Town has existed for nearly a thousand years.
Wheelchair Accessible Cities in South America
This high-altitude city has one of the world’s largest wheelchair accessible bus rapid transit systems.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fall in love with the European architecture, colorful buildings, 250+ public parks and 280+ performance theaters.
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
Founded in 1680, this city’s Historic Quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with a fortification wall and lighthouse.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The former Portuguese colony has become one of the most accessible destinations in Latin America.