As the capital of the United States, it is no surprise that this city offers visitors a lot to explore. You can visit iconic monuments such as the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and National Monument, and lose days wandering the various museums housed in the Smithsonian Institution, but there is also a rich culture to explore, plenty of art museums, great dining options, and beautiful parks to visit. The city is also home to four major league sports teams, so there’s that whole side of it to explore too. Washington D.C. has plenty going on to suit all different kinds of visitors.
Washington D.C. is one of the most accessible cities in the country. In fact, it was in D.C. that the US Congress recognized and established the rights of the disabled when it passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Renting a wheelchair or mobility scooter from Scootaround in advance of your trip will ensure that getting around the city is a pleasure. Keep reading for info on some of the city’s most popular attractions, and mobility information to help you plan your trip to Washington D.C.
With more than 1500 rental locations across North America, open 7 days a week, Scootaround is always available to help you get the most out of every trip that you take. To find out more about how our locations can help you with a wheelchair or mobility scooter rental in Washington, D.C., phone us at 1-888-441-7575 or email us for more information. We’re always happy to help you plan according to your individual needs.
Visitors to Washington, D.C. are often surprised by how lovely this city is, with its beautiful architecture, parks, and many cultural festivals and attractions. Here you can immerse yourself in the history of the birth of the US, explore wonderful museums, tour quaint waterfront neighborhoods, and find plenty of great places to eat and drink. There’s so much to do in this city, but here are four essential Washington, D.C. attractions that you won’t want to miss:
These four attractions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring Washington, D.C. and renting an electric scooter or wheelchair from Scootaround in advance of your trip will make conquering the city a breeze. For more information on renting a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair from us, at 1-888-441-7575 – we’re always there to help you out.
If you are driving to Washington D.C. and have a disability parking permit from another state, you do not need to apply for a temporary permit during your stay. Disability placards/permits or tags from any state allow you to park in any parking space designated for a disabled person and park for double the posted time in any metered spaces without paying the meter. International visitors must apply for a Disability Parking Placard at any DMV service center. If your request is approved, you may be issued a one week permit, a temporary placard or a long-term placard. There is no charge for a disability placard or permit.
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This iconic home of the President and his family is an absolute must-see when visiting Washington D.C. Whether you just view from outside the gates (the sidewalk in front is wheelchair accessible) or arrange to join a pubic tour, seeing this seat of US power is real-life an impressive experience. The White House offers a range of tours, where you’ll be able to see a number of the rooms that visiting dignitaries and the First Family use on a regular basis.
Public tours of the White House are available to the public however; requests must be submitted through one’s Member of Congress or embassy three weeks to six months in advance. Accommodations for mobility equipment users may be made by advance notice to the office through which the tour was booked. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available for use at the White House, but booking in advance with Scootaround will ensure that your mobility needs are taken care of.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, and is seriously impressive. Founded in 1846, there are 19 museums and galleries in the complex showcasing everything from Asian Art, Aviation and Spaceflight History, Native American Art and History, and the National Zoological Park. There is a lot to see, so advance planning is advised and having an electric scooter or wheelchair will ensure that you are able to see a much of the Smithsonian as possible.
All facilities are equipped with at least one entrance that is accessible to visitors with limited mobility and free manual wheelchairs are available for loan on a first-come, first-serve basis within each museum. The Smithsonian’s Accessibility Program works to provide consistent, effortless access to the Institutions programs, collections and facilities for all, including those with limited mobility.
Each year, millions of people visit the National Mall to commemorate presidential legacies, to honor the nation’s veterans and to celebrate the nation’s commitment to freedom and equality. The National Mall is the strip of green space between the Washington Monument and the Capitol Building. Adjacent to the National Mall is West Potomac Park, which incorporates the Lincoln Memorial, the Reflecting Pool and other memorials.
The National Mall and Parks is almost entirely wheelchair accessible and offers accessible passenger loading zones and parking. Many tours are offered within the Mall and parks that are able to accommodate mobility devices. However, because of stairs and unpaved sidewalks not every tour is wheelchair accessible therefore, call ahead to make arrangements.
News junkies, or anyone that is interested in the world around them, will find the Newseum a fun attraction that is hands-on and fun despite being highly informative. Here you’ll find interesting artifacts such as pieces of the Berlin Wall and Pulitzer Prize winning photography, as well as many video exhibits. This interactive museum of news and journalism spans 7 levels and 250,000 square feet, so giving yourself plenty of time to explore and securing an electric scooter or wheelchair in advance will ensure that you are able to see all 15 theatres and 14 galleries.
No other Washington D.C. attraction makes history come alive like the Newseum and it is entirely wheelchair accessible. Elevators are located on the west and east side of the building, provide access to all seven floors. Newseum also provides free wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walking aids on a first-come, first-served basis with no reservations.
Travelling to a conference or other event in DC? Here's a short list of confirmed events where you can rent Scootaround mobility equipment.
Don't see your event? Contact us at 1-888-441-7575 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
SourceAmerica Grassroots Advocacy Conference 2016