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Exploring Accessible Delights in the Emerald City

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Seattle, Washington, is one of those cool cities you hear about and maybe you even consider visiting.  It’s a fun, interesting, and accessible city.  So, what are you waiting for? 

I’ve traveled to Seattle a number of times over the years and always had a great time.  It has plenty of things to see and do, great restaurants, and it’s close enough to other interesting destinations if you decide to take a day trip away from Seattle.  Yes, there are a lot of streets and sidewalks with steep inclines, but there are ways around many of them.  And, for the most part, much of the area where there are interesting attractions and venues are on level ground. 


You’ll find accessible taxis, such as Seattle Yellow Cab which now has 53 accessible taxis. There are plenty of hotels with accessible rooms with great views.  I’ve stayed at some in downtown Seattle and some along the waterfront.  One of my favorites is The Edgewater, apparently made famous because The Beatles once stayed there. The Edgewater is right on the wharf and is accessible.  My room even had a small gaslit fireplace – the nights get cold in the wintertime. I look forward to getting back to Seattle soon and I’ve listed some of my recommendations below for a safe, easy, and accessible trip to Seattle. 

Space Needle

The Space Needle is an iconic symbol of Seattle and it’s accessible! The observation deck, accessible by elevators, provides amazing views of the city skyline and surrounding mountains. The Space Needle has accessible restrooms and pathways. Visitors can enjoy the SkyCity restaurant, which offers accessible dining options and incredible panoramic views. 

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is always on my list whenever I am in Seattle.  It’s a very busy, but fun and interesting marketplace that has accessible pathways, entrances, and elevators.  Plan on spending a few hours exploring its shops, eateries, and artisan spaces. One of the things that always draws a crowd is the famous fish tossing at Pike Place Fish Market.  The Market has accessible seating areas and restrooms throughout the market.

Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is a well-known institution that is home to a vast collection of artworks from around the world including paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations.  The museum has accessible entrances, elevators, and galleries.  You’ll also find accessible amenities such as restrooms and seating areas, as well as accessible programming and events.

Electronically assisted doors are available at the public entrances at all SAM locations. Service animals are welcome at all SAM locations. Courtesy wheelchairs are available upon request at Coat Check. Disposable magnifiers for use in the museum galleries are available upon request at the Ticketing Desk.

Videos in the permanent collection galleries have closed captioning on. If a video does not have closed captioning, printed transcripts are available. Large print (18 point) special exhibition labels are available at the Ticketing Desk.  I am very impressed with the types of accommodations SAM provides to people with disabilities.

Seattle Waterfront

The Seattle Waterfront is a beautiful and scenic area along Elliott Bay, offering accessible pathways, viewpoints, and attractions. You can explore the accessible promenade, enjoy views of the waterfront and the Olympic Mountains, and check out attractions such as the Seattle Aquarium. Accessible seating areas, restrooms, and restaurants are available. And for a bit of adventure, you can take the Washington State Ferry over to Bainbridge Island and spend the day enjoying the shops and restaurants – most of which are accessible. 

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo is a fun and interesting attraction that offers accessible pathways, exhibits, and amenities. The zoo provides accessible entrances, ramps, and elevators, which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to observe a wide variety of animal species.  Accessible restrooms, seating areas, and dining options are available throughout the zoo.  The zoo is a great way to spend the day when visiting Seattle.

Seattle, Washington, is a fun and interesting city to spend a vacation.  With so many accessible venues and attractions, not to mention the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat, Seattle is a perfect destination.  Contact a reputable and knowledgeable travel agent, such as Travel for All, plan your accessible itinerary, and enjoy everything that Seattle has to offer!

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