Confession time: I don’t love Las Vegas. I find it a little bit too tacky and fake for my tastes. So read my pain & disability review of Vegas knowing that I’m prejudiced.
Las Vegas for the Hiddenly Disabled
How hard or easy Vegas is to navigate depends on where you stay, what you want to do, and what your specific disability is.
Travelers with chronic pain, mobility problems, limited energy, or frequent bathroom needs might do best to plan ahead. Figure out which shows and attractions you want to see, what activities you want to do, and which restaurants you want to patronize. Then book a room in a hotel as near as possible to your chosen stuff-to-do. If you can find a way to stay inside one resort property, do it. Trust me, you’ll find plenty of variety in cuisine and entertainment within a resort like Caesar’s, the Bellagio, the Paris, the Venetian, or the Mandalay Bay. You can walk for miles just circling Caesar’s or Mandalay Bay without ever setting foot onto the worn asphalt of the Strip, I swear.
In Vegas, a “block” that looks short and sweet on a tourist map might be a half-mile walking past card-pushers for escort services, over puddles of urine, and around drug deals in progress. (I do not recommend a midnight stroll down the Strip for women traveling alone.)
If you’re allergic or sensitive to chemical fragrances or cigarette smoke, Vegas is not your city. Smoking runs rampant in the casinos, and it seems like most every hotel and timeshare uses chemically perfumed area sprays.
For folks with food allergies or dietary restrictions, your budget will determine the pleasure of your experience. If you’ve got the cash to dine at the restaurants inside the Bellagio, you’ll be able to make special requests and find foods that suit you. Just plan to pay for the privilege.
Another option is to rent a room with a kitchen (timeshares often have full kitchen facilities), stock the fridge with groceries, and plan to cook for yourself. Cook-your-own makes a good option for travelers with limited food budgets, and some timeshare resorts even offer free shuttles to full-service grocery stores.
Vegas might not be my favorite city, but it can be both done and fun for the hiddenly disabled among us.
Check out eatswritesandleaves.com for my super-glam photos of my friends’ Elvis wedding and some truly terrifying clothes.