Las Vegas is known for fun. From the shows to the casinos to the food, the action is never-
ending. That being said, it’s never been a place i’ve been interested in visiting. A few years ago, I
went with my sister and the hustle-and-bustle was a bit more than I’d bargained for.
I decided then that if I never went back, I’d be perfectly fine. However, recently I was invited to speak at a conference at the Las Vegas convention center and realized my first impression of the city was a bit too hasty. With a bit of planning and an appetite for adventure, Vegas is a great place for a truly accessible vacation experience. Here are the accessibility highlights that make Vegas a great vacation destination for wheelchair users:
- Accessible taxis are readily available. Vegas is the only city I’ve ever visited where the
taxi line at the airport could quickly hail a wheelchair accessible cab. Even still, we used
taxis to get around the city throughout our stay and they never took longer than 20
minutes to arrive, even when we were out late.
- Hotel accommodations are stellar. The Bellagio is the first hotel I’ve ever stayed in that
had a built in hoyer lift in both the bedroom and bathroom areas. It was so convenient
not to have to pack up the travel lift we normally take on trips. In general, the hotel
room was one of the most accessible I’ve ever stayed in.
- Maneuvering the strip has accessible pathways. Vegas truly never sleeps, so it’s never
NOT crowded with people on the streets. Good thing is, there are bridges that connect
one side of a street to the other and elevator provide access to them. This works
well…unless there’s an elevator outage.
- Shows have good accessible seating. We attended two shows on the strip in Vegas
(RuPaul’s Drag Race Live and Michael Jackson ONE Cirqué de Soleil) and both had great
accessible seats. Admittedly, the path to one of the shows’ wheelchair seating included
a trek through the kitchen, but once we reached them the views were awesome!
Add incredible food, endless shopping, and great views and Vegas truly can be a great
accessible vacation option!
Las Vegas seamlessly combines its incredible food scene, endless shopping opportunities, and breathtaking views to create an accessible vacation option that caters to a diverse range of interests. Whether you’re a culinary enthusiast, a shopaholic, or a nature lover, the city offers a wealth of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. With its commitment to accessibility, Las Vegas ensures that all visitors can partake in its vibrant atmosphere and enjoy the diverse array of entertainment and attractions it has to offer.