Accessible Travel

Travel in the region is relatively accommodating.

  • Most public buildings are wheelchair-accessible and have appropriate restroom facilities.
  • Telephone companies offer relay operators, available via teletypewriter (TTY) numbers, for the hearing impaired.
  • All major airlines, Greyhound buses and Amtrak trains will assist travelers with disabilities; just describe your needs when making reservations at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Some car-rental agencies, such as Budget and Hertz, offer hand-controlled vehicles and vans with wheelchair lifts at no extra charge, but you must reserve them well in advance.
  • Most cities have taxi companies with at least one accessible van; you'll have to call ahead.
  • Cities with underground transport have elevators for passengers needing assistance. Washington, DC, has the best network (every station has an elevator); NYC's elevators are few and far between.
  • Many national and some state parks and recreation areas have wheelchair-accessible paved, graded dirt or boardwalk trails.

A number of organizations specialize in the needs of travelers with disabilities:

Flying Wheels Travel ( A full-service travel agency, highly recommended for those with mobility issues or chronic illness.

Mobility International USA ( Advises travelers with disabilities on mobility issues and runs educational exchange programs.

Wheelchair Getaways ( Rents accessible vans throughout the USA.

For further information, download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from