There are some cities that get a reputation among disabled visitors for being particularly welcoming, accommodating and equipped to help wheelchair-using tourists enjoy their stay. Los Angeles is one of those excellent cities. Many of the most popular attractions are not only easily accessible, but offer complimentary wheelchairs, extensive disabled parking and more.
When you’re disabled, holidays can be full of complications – not in Los Angeles! Here is what you should see and do.
Culture and the Arts
I would recommend visiting the globally-renowned Museum of Contemporary Art. The galleries are linked by spacious lifts allowing full access to the stunning collection of artworks created since the 1940s. Also worth a visit is the Huntington Library’s Botanical Gardens. Look at the helpfully colour-coded map on their website to see which routes are wheelchair friendly and which are too steep. Los Angeles’ Getty Centre is another world-famous destination, accessible via car, then tram, then lift (easier than it sounds!). Enjoy the marvellous art collection here, as well as the incredible views across the Big Orange.
We’re All Going to the Zoo
The expansive and hilly Los Angeles Zoo may not seem the ideal destination for tourists who are disabled. Holidays to LA, however, are just not complete without spending a few hours exploring this wildlife haven. Just like everywhere else in the city, the zoo is well set-up for wheelchair users. Visitors with restricted mobility can use the Safari Shuttle to get around the grounds; alternatively, you could rent an electric wheelchair at the International Marketplace. Both these services must be paid for.
You’re a Wizard!
Universal Studios Hollywood is loved by children and adults alike. Visit their website for detailed information about which rides and attractions are accessible for those in wheelchairs. You can also speak to a staff member at the Guest Relations desk. The park has attractions based on iconic franchises, such as Harry Potter, Fast & Furious, Jurassic Park and the Walking Dead.
Shops and More
For a taste of how LA shops, head to the Grove. The Grove is a stylish shopping mall containing eateries, shops and a park. Many of the larger shops and restaurants are wheelchair accessible and the smooth streets are easy to navigate. Parking for disabled visitors is simple and plentiful. There is a wheelchair lift to help shoppers get to the neighbouring Farmer’s Market.
Olvera Street is the perfect place to get a sense of the city’s history. The area is cobbled, but most of the stones are worn smooth with time making the street fairly easy to navigate. To soak up some modern LA vibes, make your way to the Venice Boardwalk. The promenade’s smooth surface is ideal for wheelchairs, and thousands flock here during the weekend to watch street performers, pick up some delicious food and admire the sunsets.
If you are disabled, holidays in Los Angeles are ideal. Less mobile travellers can satisfy their desire to experience a different culture, see incredible art and have fun with peace of mind that their needs are well catered for.
Philip Scott is the owner and founder of Can be Done, a fully licensed UK tour operator specialising in disabled holidays across the world for individuals and groups who are travelling with a handicap. With over 31 years’ experience organising long and short breaks for disabled travellers, Philip has built a reputation for helping his clients select hotels and accommodation that offer high standards of accessibility to ensure that those with special needs can experience truly relaxing and carefree holidays.