Top Trending Accessible Vacation Experiences

The nation's most-visited national park is also one of the best for leaf peeping. The fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains arrive as early as mid-September at higher elevations and work their way down. Take a drive along Clingmans Dome Road or the Blue Ridge Parkway for a good look.
America’s national parks offer visitors inspiring and affordable ways to unplug and reconnect with nature. Although not every state has a national park, the National Park Service also oversees national monuments, national historic sites, and national rivers, among other areas. Some parks are iconic, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, and others are underrated and lightly visited. This list highlights 50 must-see destinations — the best the country has to offer. National parks often charge an entrance fee that grants seven days of access and costs up to $35 a vehicle. An interagency annual pass provides access to all the national parks and other federal fee areas for $80. Seniors 62 or older can buy a lifetime passes for $80 and annual passes for $20. Members of the military are eligible for free annual passes. Fee-free days also are offered occasionally during the year, including Sept. 22 for National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
Slide 1 of 23: Traveling with a disability or illness can be awfully frustrating and limiting. However, as Baby Boomers continue to age and the market segment grows, tour operators like Accessible Travel Solutions are crafting one-of-a-kind vacation experiences for wheelchair travelers and other disabled globetrotters.
Slide 2 of 23: This four-hour guided tour grants VIP access and skip-the-line admission to popular attractions such as the Vatican Museum, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica, among others. What's more, the route is completely step-free.
Slide 3 of 23: The eight-hour tour takes travelers to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Italy's stunning Amalfi Coast, where guests will experience panoramic views of the Bay of Naples from the cliffs of Sorrento. The adventure utilizes a special step-free route and a wheelchair accessible van for transport to and from the hotel or cruise ship.
Slide 4 of 23: This eight-hour adventure through Athens includes a fully accessible driving tour and firsthand experiences. Highlights include the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Exclusive elevator access will even allow disabled travelers to reach the top of the Acropolis.
Slide 5 of 23: Disabled travelers on this six-hour journey will take a wheelchair accessible route to tour the iconic Versailles Palace and Gardens from Paris. Special elevators will allow guests to experience the attraction's many highlights without having to take a single step.
Slide 6 of 23: Travelers on this eight-hour tour of Barcelona will explore all of the city's major attractions, including the Sagrada Familia church, the Gothic Quarter and its Barcelona Cathedral, Montjuic Hill and the lively Las Ramblas boulevard. The tour avoids steps and severe cobblestones with the help of a ramp-equipped accessible van.
Slide 7 of 23: A private guide will lead travelers through Castillo San Cristobal, taking them through multiple levels of the famous San Juan fortress. Guests will take in stellar views of the centuries-old castle and also visit the souvenir shop.
Slide 8 of 23: Follow a knowledgeable guide on step-free paths through the Chacchoben Ruins. Once the center of Mayan activity, the site boasts more than 70 remaining structures surrounded by lush jungle.
Slide 9 of 23: Touring Barbados' breathtaking Harrison's Cave is a stress-free option for disabled travelers thanks to a wheelchair accessible tram inside of the cave and an accessible van that transports guests to and from their cruise ship. Experience impressive stalactites and scenic waterfalls during this three-hour tour.
Slide 10 of 23: Take advantage of a wheelchair accessible van and a step-free path to explore tropical flowers, plant life and hot mineral springs during this six-hour shore excursion in beautiful St. Lucia. Travelers with limited mobility can also tour the St. Lucian rainforest via aerial tram with ShoreTrips.
Slide 11 of 23: Experience Belize's wide array of wildlife up close with a three-hour guided zoo tour. The step-free, paved tour routes feature opportunities to spot tapirs, toucans, eagles, jaguars and howler monkeys.
Slide 12 of 23: Visitors to Romney Manor in St. Kitts will tour the Caribelle Batik factory where they'll watch workers in action as they craft wearable art and clothing. Guests will also have the chance to do some souvenir shopping.
Slide 13 of 23: This accessible tour begins at the cruise ports in Falmouth or Ochos Rios and features a journey through the scenic tropical gardens of Konoko where guests can spot koi, snapper, and turtles.
Slide 14 of 23: The accessible, three-hour walking/rolling tour of Amsterdam begins at Dam Square. From there, an experienced guide takes guests through the famous Red Light District, past several canals and into the vibrant Nieuwmarkt.
Slide 15 of 23: Stockholm's Vasa Museum features the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has been salvaged and visitors to Sweden's capital can see it via the accessible Djurgarden ferry.
Slide 16 of 23: This accessible walking tour of Berlin features an expertly-trained guide who will avoid obstacles like stairs and curbs so travelers can visit the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and other coveted sites without issue.
Slide 17 of 23: Speaking of right-leaning ideas, remember that whole Brexit thing? In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union, but the terms of their departure are still being decided. That means that right now they are still full members. This won’t affect your experience much, but it does mean that for now, travel between the UK and Europe is still seamless.
Slide 18 of 23: Disabled travelers can tour Scotland's iconic Edinburgh Castle step-free to see the Scottish National War Memorial Museum and take in tremendous views of the city from the sprawling fortress.
Slide 19 of 23: With most cruise ships spending multiple days in St. Petersburg, travelers have ample time to explore the city. A two-day accessible shore excursion features step-free routes through the Peterhof Fountains and Gardens. Guests will also see the Church of Our Savoir on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the famous Hermitage Museum.
Slide 20 of 23: An accessible guided tour of Monaco includes stops at the Palais du Prince, the Cathedral of Monaco and the Oceanographic Museum. Travelers will also experience the Monte Carlo district and noteworthy attractions like the Hotel de Paris and the Monte Carlo Grand Casino.
Slide 21 of 23: With special permission to use the wheelchair lift, visitors to Istanbul can tour the underground Basilica Cistern, which is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns located beneath the city.
Slide 22 of 23: Experience all that Florence has to offer on an accessible six-hour walking/rolling tour. The adventure begins at the Uffizi Gallery and continues at the Florence Cathedral (The Duomo) and wraps up at Accademia Gallery, which is home to Michelangelo's Statue of David.
Slide 23 of 23: The four-hour St. Mark's and Grand Canal Tour through Venice takes travelers through lively St. Mark's Square where they'll see the Clock Tower and San Marco Column, among other sites before boarding an accessible boat for a cruise down the Grand Canal.

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Traveling with a disability or illness can be awfully frustrating and limiting. However, as Baby Boomers continue to age and the market segment grows, tour operators like Accessible Travel Solutions are crafting one-of-a-kind vacation experiences for wheelchair travelers and other disabled globetrotters.

Vatican City

This four-hour guided tour grants VIP access and skip-the-line admission to popular attractions such as the Vatican Museum, the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica, among others. What’s more, the route is completely step-free.

Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast, Italy

The eight-hour tour takes travelers to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, where guests will experience panoramic views of the Bay of Naples from the cliffs of Sorrento. The adventure utilizes a special step-free route and a wheelchair accessible van for transport to and from the hotel or cruise ship.

Athens Acropolis and Ancient Greek Ruins, Greece

This eight-hour adventure through Athens includes a fully accessible driving tour and firsthand experiences. Highlights include the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. Exclusive elevator access will even allow disabled travelers to reach the top of the Acropolis.

Versailles Palace and Gardens, France

Disabled travelers on this six-hour journey will take a wheelchair accessible route to tour the iconic Versailles Palace and Gardens from Paris. Special elevators will allow guests to experience the attraction’s many highlights without having to take a single step.

Barcelona, Spain

Travelers on this eight-hour tour of Barcelona will explore all of the city’s major attractions, including the Sagrada Familia church, the Gothic Quarter and its Barcelona Cathedral, Montjuic Hill and the lively Las Ramblas boulevard. The tour avoids steps and severe cobblestones with the help of a ramp-equipped accessible van.

Castillo San Cristobal, San Juan, Puerto Rico

A private guide will lead travelers through Castillo San Cristobal, taking them through multiple levels of the famous San Juan fortress. Guests will take in stellar views of the centuries-old castle and also visit the souvenir shop.

Chacchoben Ruins, Costa Maya, Mexico

Follow a knowledgeable guide on step-free paths through the Chacchoben Ruins. Once the center of Mayan activity, the site boasts more than 70 remaining structures surrounded by lush jungle.

Harrison’s Cave, Barbados

Touring Barbados’ breathtaking Harrison’s Cave is a stress-free option for disabled travelers thanks to a wheelchair accessible tram inside of the cave and an accessible van that transports guests to and from their cruise ship. Experience impressive stalactites and scenic waterfalls during this three-hour tour.

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, St. Lucia

Take advantage of a wheelchair accessible van and a step-free path to explore tropical flowers, plant life and hot mineral springs during this six-hour shore excursion in beautiful St. Lucia. Travelers with limited mobility can also tour the St. Lucian rainforest via aerial tram with ShoreTrips.

Belize Zoo

Experience Belize’s wide array of wildlife up close with a three-hour guided zoo tour. The step-free, paved tour routes feature opportunities to spot tapirs, toucans, eagles, jaguars and howler monkeys.

Romney Manor, St. Kitts

Visitors to Romney Manor in St. Kitts will tour the Caribelle Batik factory where they’ll watch workers in action as they craft wearable art and clothing. Guests will also have the chance to do some souvenir shopping.

Konoko Falls, Jamaica

This accessible tour begins at the cruise ports in Falmouth or Ochos Rios and features a journey through the scenic tropical gardens of Konoko where guests can spot koi, snapper, and turtles.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The accessible, three-hour walking/rolling tour of Amsterdam begins at Dam Square. From there, an experienced guide takes guests through the famous Red Light District, past several canals and into the vibrant Nieuwmarkt.

Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm’s Vasa Museum features the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has been salvaged and visitors to Sweden’s capital can see it via the accessible Djurgarden ferry.

Berlin, Germany

This accessible walking tour of Berlin features an expertly-trained guide who will avoid obstacles like stairs and curbs so travelers can visit the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and other coveted sites without issue.

London, England

Climb into a wheelchair accessible black cab and enjoy a relaxing two-hour driving tour of London. Your experienced and passionate driver will take you past landmarks like Big Ben and Westminster Abbey and stop for photo opportunities along the way.

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Disabled travelers can tour Scotland’s iconic Edinburgh Castle step-free to see the Scottish National War Memorial Museum and take in tremendous views of the city from the sprawling fortress.

Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia

With most cruise ships spending multiple days in St. Petersburg, travelers have ample time to explore the city. A two-day accessible shore excursion features step-free routes through the Peterhof Fountains and Gardens. Guests will also see the Church of Our Savoir on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the famous Hermitage Museum.

Monaco

An accessible guided tour of Monaco includes stops at the Palais du Prince, the Cathedral of Monaco and the Oceanographic Museum. Travelers will also experience the Monte Carlo district and noteworthy attractions like the Hotel de Paris and the Monte Carlo Grand Casino.

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul, Turkey

With special permission to use the wheelchair lift, visitors to Istanbul can tour the underground Basilica Cistern, which is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns located beneath the city.

Florence, Italy

Experience all that Florence has to offer on an accessible six-hour walking/rolling tour. The adventure begins at the Uffizi Gallery and continues at the Florence Cathedral (The Duomo) and wraps up at Accademia Gallery, which is home to Michelangelo’s Statue of David.

Venice, Italy

The four-hour St. Mark’s and Grand Canal Tour through Venice takes travelers through lively St. Mark’s Square where they’ll see the Clock Tower and San Marco Column, among other sites before boarding an accessible boat for a cruise down the Grand Canal.

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