The World Is Yours
The Americans With Disabilities Act requires cities, institutions, and businesses to make their facilities accessible to everyone. That includes public transit such as buses and subways; infrastructure including sidewalks, stairways, and elevators; and hotels, restaurants, schools, stores, movie theaters, museums, and so on. Although the ADA has been in effect since 1990 and was amended in 2009, there are still many places and spaces across the country that aren’t in full compliance — and some places globally that have no such law — making travel potentially difficult. Some top destinations are more accessible than others.
We started with the same resources you would: looking to travel experts such as WheelchairTravel, Curb Free with Cory Lee, Wheelchair Traveling, Scootaround, and others who've done the hard (and hopefully rewarding) work of testing accessibility firsthand. Anyone who uses a wheelchair — or traveling with someone who does — would do well to dig into those expert sites before heading off on a trip, hopefully with confirmation that more than a few of the world's biggest travel destinations have taken measures to be friendly to tourists on wheels.
Editor's note: This story has been revised since publication.