Washington, DC is one of the most accessible cities in the world, and the city’s hospitality industry stands ready to welcome visitors with special needs. If you’re planning a visit, consult these resources for assistance.
The Washington, D.C. Access Guide is the premier source of accessibility related information in the Washington, DC, area. The website and print guide include detail accessibility information for attractions, restaurants and bars throughout the region. Call (301) 528-8664 for more information or to order a copy of the guide.
The DC Department of Motor Vehicles recognizes disability tags from other states. Cars bearing disability tags may park in designated spaces, park for double the posted time in metered or time-restricted spaces, and park for free at metered spaces. Consult the DMV website for additional information.
Metro prides itself on being one of the most accessible public transportation systems in the world. In addition to a comprehensive website outlining services available to mobility challenged visitors, Metro has also compiled a downloadable guide to accessible transportation options throughout the region.
ScootAround offers scooter and wheelchair rentals daily, weekly or for longer periods of time so that you can navigate the city and its site in comfort and ease. Call 1-888-441-7575 for details.
While all of DC’s attractions and cultural institutions are welcoming and accessible to visitors, the following attractions maintain dedicated web pages outlining their accessibility features, including ramps, sign language-interpreted tours and wheelchairs. Click on an attraction name to learn more.
- Hillwood Museum & Gardens
- International Spy Museum
- John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- Library of Congress
- National Gallery of Art
- Shakespeare Theatre Company Harman Center for the Arts
- Smithsonian Institution
- Washington National Cathedral
- White House
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre
On the National Mall and in the memorial parks, you’ll find permit-only parking adjacent to the FDR Memorial. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for loan at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. You can reach the interiors of the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial using elevators located in the memorials’ ground-level lobbies.