D.C. with Grandparents & a scooter?
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We are thinking about going/starting the early stages of planning a trip to D.C. , possibly in June of this year. It would be myself, DH, our 2 boys (16) & (9) and my husband's parents (& possibly mine ). My mother-in-law rides a scooter when there is more walking to do than you would normally do in a Wal-mart. We are planning to stay at a hotel that is close to the metro, but I'm not sure how easy/difficult it would be for her to get on/off a train and also to go into the various museums and such. We are spoiled by Disney, so I wasn't sure how it would be in D.C. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of using a scooter there?
Thanks, I was mostly concerned that she wouldn't be allowed to take it into the museums and I didn't think it would be safe to park it outside, like you can at Disney. I'll definitely check out the links and let her know.
It's the law now that any but historic buildings must be handicap accessible. You should have no problem in any museum nowadays although you may have a back and forth ramp to get up to the level of the entrance for some buildings constructed before the ADA went into effect. Any like that will have had interior doorways enlarged for accessibility.
I recall overhearing once some people saying that they even rented a more narrow than usual manual wheelchair that could be pulled up steps so that an elderly relative could accompany them on a tour of historic Boston.
Exactly one year from our last trip, we're going back to Disney, for holiday season magic AND my birthday! (And if you think it looks like I had green hair when this was taken, you'd be right! )
Metro Stations have elevator access, but sometimes the elevator is across the street or around the corner from the primary escalator entry. You'll just have to be on the lookout. If for some reason there's a problem with an elevator, they offer shuttle service from the next closest station with one that functions.
You can even take the Metro from the airport to downtown, so if you stay near a Metro stop that's easier than taking a cab.