For many people who are confined to a wheelchair or have other mobility issues, traveling can be difficult. Along with finding hotels that have rooms designed to accommodate disabilities, it can also be tough finding transportation within a city, navigating sidewalks, and other situations. However, if you’ve been wanting to go to Las Vegas but have hesitated due to your concerns about whether it’s a good destination for disabled tourists, put your worries to rest. If you’re ready to hit the casinos while making sure that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, here are some tips to make your trip one to remember.
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Las Vegas hotels are required to have rooms made to accommodate disabled guests. As a result, numerous rooms are wheelchair-accessible, and also contain roll-in showers, built-in bathing seats, and many other features. And to put your mind at ease, Las Vegas has the most wheelchair-accessible hotel rooms of any city in the United States.
Hitting the Casinos
Once you arrive in Vegas and settle into your hotel, hitting the local casinos is usually high on your list. While online casinos have gained in popularity in recent years, and more people are playing casino slots online, there’s nothing like visiting a luxurious casino in person and trying your hand at blackjack or some slot machines. Like Vegas hotels, casinos are disabled-friendly and make it very easy for those in wheelchairs to navigate the casino floor.
Making Use of Public Transportation
To get to and from your hotel, as well as to the various casinos and other attractions, using public transportation is a great option if you are disabled. Many options are available, including the city’s Monorail system or the public bus system. If you choose to ride the Monorail, a single-day pass can cost as little as $10. In addition to this, the system easily accommodates wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers, and has an accessible elevator service. All this, along with level boarding on the platforms and allowing service animals to board as well, make this a great option. However, if you’d prefer to ride a bus, they too have lowered floors and wheelchair access ramps, and cover all major parts of the city.
If on the other hand, you’d like to have your own personal form of transportation around Vegas, consider hiring a wheelchair taxi. Usually a modified minivan, these taxis are very prompt when ordered, are known for their courteous and helpful drivers, and can accommodate both manual and automatic wheelchairs.
Other Disability-Friendly Activities
Rather than choosing to play casino slots online, it’s always much more fun to be at a Vegas casino in person. However, if you’d like to explore other disability-friendly activities in Las Vegas, you’ve got plenty of options. One of the most exhilarating yet little-known activities is taking a hot air balloon ride over the city and surrounding area. While this may sound a bit risky to some people, a company called Love Is In The Air Ballooning makes it quite possible as well as safe. Reportedly the only wheelchair-accessible hot air balloon tour company in the state, you can maneuver your wheelchair into the balloon’s modified bucket, then have your chair secured into a locking system. Once you’re in place and in the air, you’ll experience Las Vegas in a totally new way.
If all this sounds too good to pass up, book your trip to Las Vegas as soon as possible. But remember that no matter how much fun you have, what happens in Vegas always stays in Vegas.