Seattle, Washington is always ranked as one of the most accessible and disability-friendly places you can visit among U.S. cities. The city has a reasonably sized downtown area and an accessible public transportation system. The city’s rail system is pretty new and compliant with ADA standards. Some of the top things to do in the city are also accommodating for people with disabilities, including the Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and the Seattle Museum.
Seattle is home to hundreds of hotels, but some properties are more wheelchair friendly than others. The Residence Inn Seattle Lake Union, near the Space Needle, offers one- and two-bedroom accessible guest suites with city or lake views. Guest accommodations are reached from the hotel’s elevators and include fully equipped kitchens, living rooms and private bathrooms with grab bars and wheelchair-level toilet seats. Complimentary hotel amenities consist of a breakfast buffet, evening snacks and soft drinks and Wi-Fi access. Parking is available for a fee. The Warwick Seattle Hotel, near Westlake Center Mall and Seattle Center, offers 12 accessible guest rooms. Accommodations are accessed via the hotel’s elevator bank and feature Space Needle or mountain views, mini bars and marble bathrooms with grab bars around toilets and inside bath tubs. Roll-in showers are offered in select rooms, and shower chairs are available upon request. Hotel amenities include a sauna, full-service restaurant and parking for a fee.
Museums and Culture
Seattle offers several cultural sites, and the Seattle Art Museum is among the city’s top choices. The museum is a 150,000-square-foot facility that houses a 25,000-piece collection of European and American fine art as well as traveling exhibits. Wheelchair accessible amenities include drop-off areas at the front entrance, parking, ramps, elevators and loaner wheelchairs near the coat check. Another option is the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which features exhibits on Asian American history, art and culture. The museum offers wheelchair accessible ramps, elevators and restrooms. Both museums are free on the first Thursday of the month. Pioneer Square National Historic District is an 88-acre, 19th century district that offers Second Renaissance Revival, Romanesque and Beau Arts architecture. The district also offers boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, bars and vibrant nightlife. Once each month, the district hosts the First Thursday Seattle Art Walk festival. The festival offers street vendors and free admission to art gallery exhibits and participating museums. Pioneer Square National Historic District is accessible via sidewalks, ramps and public transportation equipped with wheelchair lifts.
Boeing’s “Future of Flight and Aviation Centre Tour” is a must-see attraction for aeronautics enthusiasts. The three-hour tour provides an overview of Boeing’s history as well as close-up views of aircraft and manufacturing facilities. The company offers twice-daily ADA accessible tours with modified mini buses, lifts and ramp access. ADA accessible tours must be booked in advance; tours run year round. The Seattle Chinatown-International District is a vibrant pan-Asian neighborhood that offers an array of attractions. The district features Eastern-influenced architecture, street-level retail, dozens of restaurants and the Wing Luke Asian Museum. The neighborhood can be explored via public transportation and sidewalks. No trip to Seattle would be complete without venturing atop the iconic Space Needle. The 520-foot tower offers 360-degree city and mountain views and a revolving restaurant that serves up northwest cuisine. Wheelchair-friendly elevators and ramps provide access to the Space Needle’s observation deck and restaurant.
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