If you never been to Las Vegas then you will be overwhelmed with millions of things to do. It has everything from shows, gambling, amazing restaurants, and much more. Also, the majority of activities and hotels on the Vegas Strip are highly accessible.
I stayed at the luxurious Bellagio during my recent trip to Las Vegas. This renowned hotel is in the center of the Las Vegas strip with easy access to Caesar’s Palace and Paris Paris. You will see the iconic water fountains when you enter the front entrance. In the evening there is a spectacular water show that is a must see during your visit.
During my visit, Bellagio was quite busy throughout the day but highly accessible. In the evening it is highly recommended to make a reservation for dinner for any of their excellent restaurants. Also, cards games and slots are really crowded in the evenings. If gambling isn’t your thing there is a number of high luxury stores for both Men and Women. Many of these stores are open till 12 AM and they also have a 24 Hour store with Bellagio apparel, gifts, and refreshments.
If you’re interested in a nice lounge to have a drink then you should try the Petrossian Bar near the hotel lobby.
This is highly accessible and offers excellent alcoholic drinks and late night snacks.
Also, I noticed this lounge in the evening or late night was never too crowded.
With regard to restaurants, I highly recommend Harvest inside the Bellagio.
This new american restaurant offers amazing food that is always very fresh. Moreover, this restaurant is fully accessible with easy access to tables and is in less trafficked areas of the hotel.
Bellagio also offers a variety of restaurants from Asian to French cuisine and are all highly accessible.
Now to the Bellagio rooms, my room was an accessible double queen room. This was nice and very accessible for the most part. This room had grab bars in the bathroom, lower countersink, and a roll-in shower. However, the marble floors in the bathroom can become very slippery and be problematic for some people transferring to the toilet or shower chair. Despite this issue, the room is very accessible and I highly recommend staying at Bellagio if you have the chance.
Caesar’s Palace Forum
A short walk outside from the Bellagio this shopping and dining area is very accessible. Also, there is a family bathroom on level 2 that has a stall for wheelchair users.
Much like the majority of Las Vegas hotels, they also have luxury brand stores that will satisfy most Men and Women desires.
If that doesn’t fit your boat there is a nice Roman statue area with nice sites for pictures. Also, slot machines are only a few yards away.
This is not as accessible as the Bellagio or Mandalay Bay but this had a nice French charm that wasn’t too problematic for most wheelchairs. I did not stay here but I went through the hotel to eat at the nice French restaurant Mon Ami Gabi. This restaurant was remarkably accessible and the food was authentic and absolutely incredible.
Mon Ami Gabi
I ordered the French onion soup and this was huge with a nice layer of gruyere cheese.
For my entree, I ordered the prime steak with Roquefort or blue cheese sauce.
This steak was ordered medium and it was perfectly cooked and not too dry. With the blue cheese sauce, the steak was really good and great for most steak eaters.
With regard to accessibility, the restaurant was fairly good with easy access tables and no heavy door to deal with.
However, avoid back of the restaurant and outside tables because these areas are heavily crowded and tables are too close together. Also, reservations are highly recommended for dining hours.
Even though the restaurant can be quite crowded depending on the time, the food is so exemplary that any small inconvenience will be worth it. I was blown away by the food and service that I will certainly return next time I’m in Vegas.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is located in Utah near the town of Springdale and is 2 hours 30-minute drive from Las Vegas. This was well worth the trip to see amazing sites of incredible natural beauty. The red rock canyons and mountains were breathtaking with white coloring at the tops. Trust me you will be blown away when you first discovered the scenery close up.
If you get hungry they have a nice restaurant at the Zion Lodge with Navajo Tacos. In fact, that was what I ordered during my visit.
The Navajo frybread tacos at Red Rock Grill inside Zion Lodge was not too bad a little burnt, unfortunately. Their version was much like a flatbread or a Mexican chalupa. This comes with beef chili, Monterrey jack cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce. If you order this beware its quite big for one person.
The restaurant is on the second floor and there is an elevator that can take you up. Also, they have accessible bathrooms on the ground level.
Also, this nice hotel has a great gift shop with amazing gifts handcrafted by Navajo and other Native American tribes in the area. They also have nice souvenirs and t-shirts that are worth checking out.
Now with regard to the accessibility of the park, it is fairly accessible with many adaptions that are quite impressive for a National Park.
- Accessible buses with a lift.
- Wheelchair accessible bathrooms at major stops.
- Two accessible trails that are paved (Temple of Sinawava and Pa’au Trail).
- Accessible hotel & restaurant at Zion Lodge.
- Accessible visitor center and human museum.
- Water refilling station.
Also, it is important that you bring a lot of water and sunscreen in any season you visit. Lastly, make sure to plan your visit on days it will be dry because much of the park trails are in areas prone to flooding.
Most importantly be aware that the park has a variety of wildlife from squirrels, chipmunks, deer, and snakes. Just be alert when you come close to any wildlife animal and be calm if you see a rattlesnake on the trail. Luckily, rattlesnakes in the park rarely come out in the daytime.
For emergencies, please call 435-772-3322. If you have a minor emergency there is the Zion Canyon Medical clinic in Springdale. Also, the nearest hospital is in St. George about 40 miles away.
For more information on the area of Springdale or Zion National Park please visit here.
This highly accessible hotel was where I saw the impressive Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil. The theater has quite a few accessible seating based on different price points. Below is my seat in the center of the theater and they were really good but expensive.
Nevertheless, no matter where your seats are you will have an incredible time. Some of the adaptations are stated below.
- Elevator for accessible sections.
- No steps.
- Doorless Michael Jackson One store.
- Easy access to seats.
- Hearing devices are available.
RX Boiler Room
Before the show, I recommend eating at the accessible RX Boiler room if you want a spectacular meal.
It is also really close to the theater and inside the Mandalay Bay resort.
This restaurant is an upscale new American restaurant with international influences that give it a special unique charm.
One appetizer that I highly recommend is the Middle Eastern flair Meze Platter.
This was really tasty with the naan bread and the tzatziki sauce is an excellent compliment.
Now to the entree, I ordered the incredible Shellfish Pot Pie.
This is the ultimate shellfish lovers dream with shrimp, lobster, king crab, and scallops. Also, like most pot pie the crust was crispy with carrots and peas inside.
Overall, the accessibility of the restaurant is superb with many features that are highly exemplary.
- Easy access to tables.
- Tables are not crammed together.
- Doorless entrance.
- No Steps.
- Accessible bathroom.
- Ramp with access to other parts of the restaurant.
With excellent accessibility and incredible food, this was a pleasant experience that gets high accolades from me. You will not be disappointed.
Las Vegas Airport
The Las Vegas airport was highly accessible with accessible trams and companion care bathrooms near most gates.
The airport has other important features with regard to accessibility.
- Service Animal Relief Area locations in both terminals.
- Wheelchair request free of charge.
- Mobility Assistance.
- Unisex family bathrooms.
- Accessible taxis and buses are available outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
- ADA help desk with an ADA coordinator. The phone number is 702-261-5157.