10 Amazing Wheelchair Accessible Tourist Attractions

Traveling with limited mobility can be a challenge in destinations that don’t have wheelchair accessibility standards like those established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). But some of the most worthwhile tourist attractions across the globe are completely step-free, and it’s not just parks and museums. Some surprisingly precarious and unique spots should be on your to-do list if you’re traveling in a wheelchair (or with someone who is).

Here are the best wheelchair-accessible tourist attractions, and some tips from a world traveler who’s visited them on two wheels himself.

The London Eye, England
One of the most precarious places in London happens also to be an accessible tourist attraction that’s totally step-free. The London Eye offers the best bird’s-eye view of the London skyline and Thames River from roomy enclosed capsules that can fit more than a dozen people inside, and allow up to two wheelchairs per capsule at a time.

Fort San Cristobal, Puerto Rico
San Juan’s historic seaside fortress Castillo de San Cristobal might be hundreds of years old—but it’s also wheelchair-accessible thanks to the fact that the majority of its access points were built as stone ramps. The lookout point’s waterfront views are a must-see spot in Puerto Rico, and learning the history of the fortress is a crucial part of exploring Old San Juan.

Chacchoben Ruins, Mexico
Beaches aren’t the only reliably wheelchair-accessible activity option in Mexico. Mayan ruins like Quintana Roo’s Chacchoben Ruins are mostly flat enough for those traveling in a wheelchair. These ancient step pyramids are especially wheel-friendly thanks to their location near a cruise port that makes them an accessible shore excursion on trips like Royal Caribbean’s.

Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janiero
Rio de Janiero is often considered an intense adventure getaway thanks to its steep mountains wrapped in jungle and beaches. But one of Rio’s most stunning peaks, Sugarloaf Mountain, is totally wheelchair-accessible thanks to its large, ultra-modern glass cable cars that launch from lower Morro da Urca Mountain. All of Rio is in sight from atop the 1,299-foot waterfront mountain and its cable car line, including Guanabra Bay’s ship and beaches, and the far-off profile of the Christ the Redeemer.

Myeongdong Street Market, Seoul
Eat your heart out at this pedestrian-only Asian food market in modern Seoul, a city known to have reliably wheelchair-accessible public transit and well-paved sidewalks. Myeongdong is a shopping neighborhood that closes off street traffic most days, and its food stalls sling everything from fish cakes, dumplings, and Korean BBQ to clouds of cotton candy, towering ice cream cones, and hot pancakes.

Doge’s Palace, Venice
Venice’s scenic bridges aren’t the only thing that lend it to enjoyable wheelchair accessibility: Many of its historic sites are also accessible. “Doge’s Palace is my most favorite accessible tourist attraction in Venice,” Sage tells me. Next door, world-famous Piazza San Marco is also wheelchair-accessible.

The Canadian Rockies, Canada
Hiking isn’t the only way to see the expansive Rocky Mountains and natural wonders like ice-blue Lake Banff. The Rocky Mountaineer’s luxury train experiences are a wheelchair-friendly opportunity to kick back and watch vistas, lakes, and mountain peaks pass you by from a glass-domed train car.

Versailles Palace, France
While Paris’s Eiffel Tower is only partly accessible (the first two of its three levels can accommodate wheelchairs), there are plenty of other wheelchair-accessible tourist attractions in and around the City of Lights, including the most grandiose palace in all of Europe: Versailles.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
The most breathtaking place in Barcelona is also a wheelchair-accessible tourist attraction. Antoni Gaudi’s still-in-progress Sagrada Familia church is a massive work of art that’s worth the steep admission fee for its towering stained-glass windows and century-old stonework—but entrance is free for visitors with disabilities, and a guest.