I’m trying to plan a trip to Washington DC to visit the Smithsonian museums. I know the museums are accessible, and I’ve got a line on several accessible hotels, but I’m really wondering about the best way to get around town. I am hoping I can get by without renting an accessible van, as they are pretty expensive. I use a power wheelchair and would like to use public transportation to get around. Is this a feasible option? Do you have any information on the accessibility of public transportation in the DC area?
The good news is, you don’t need to rent a van to get around Washington DC; in fact, driving can be a detriment, as parking is limited and very expensive. That said, Metro Rail is accessible and it goes to all the major attractions, including the Smithsonian museums. It’s easy to ride, and many visitors take it. You can find the routes and schedules at www.wmata.com/rail/maps/map.cfm?. And if you need to go somewhere that isn’t on the Metro Rail route, then you can take an accessible taxi. Royal and Yellow cabs are wheelchair-accessible, and you can order them by calling (202) 398-0500.