Wheelchair Accessible Las Vegas, Nevada
by Tracy Mankins © 1996
Thanks to Tracy Mankins for sharing her Las Vegas trip with Global Access. Mankins includes a side trip to Grand Canyon National Park
My husband Mark and I went to Las Vegas in April 1996 and were very pleased with the access there. There are elevators everywhere. The city buses are accessible and so are the casinos for the most part; (the newer ones like MGM Grand and Excalibur are best for wheelchairs). Best of all, there are accessible taxis (minivans or full-size vans) that charge the disabled the same price as all other customers. You do have to wait a bit longer, but I've never seen this service in another city. All the restaurants and buffets we ate at in Vegas were accessible to wheelchairs.
I didn't use any public restrooms in Vegas (I need my husband's help in the restroom), so I can't give a report there, but I imagine they are adequate judging by the other things there.
We stayed at the MGM Grand, and it was very accessible. They even have loaner shower chairs you can use while there. We had a great time in Vegas and plan to return as soon as we can. The airline we used was America West, and although I took my power chair (with lead acid batteries) we had no problems.
We also visited the Grand Canyon National Park and the accessibility there was disappointing at best. We rented a car and drove there (about 5 to 6.5 hours) and driving through the desert was very scenic and beautiful.
At the canyon, there were very few accessible restrooms (two in total, I think) and there were only a few places to view the canyon from a wheelchair. Trails were hilly and rocky, and the few inns and hotels they have there were very old and didn't seem very accessible (just by walking around in them...we didn't stay).
The neatest part of all was the drive back to Vegas in the dark (we did it in one day...silly us). When we were about 30-40 min. outside of Vegas, we could see the Strip lighting up the sky, and when we were 20 min or so away from the Strip, we could make out the individual hotels. It was a really awesome and lasting impression that really is a memorable one for me. And the sunset in the desert was the most beautiful one I have ever seen, and made the entire trip to the canyon worthwhile for us both.
Other Las Vegas Tips
Another reader writes: The Palace Station Hotel is an accessible bargain in Las Vegas. In May 1996, A double rented for $57 per night and it provided us with a beautiful, spacious, completely accessible tower room with a king-sized bed. It featured an enormous bathroom with grab bars by toilet and tub, a handheld shower, and a large, easy-to-pull-under sink. Housekeeping brought a shower chair upon request.
The entrance to the hotel was level and ramps throughout the hotel and casino made for completely accessible accommodations.
A bonus at the Palace Station is the Feast Buffet - one of the best food fests in Vegas. Disabled people are offered priority seating as the lines are horrendously long. This all-you-can-eat extravaganza for $7.95 features a bevy of meat, fish, pasta and salad dishes, but it's probably become such a hit for its fabulous dessert array - everything from German Chocolate cake to Cherries Jubilee along with acres of petit fours and pies galore.
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