Top 10 U.S. Cities for Dialysis-Friendly Travel 

Do you crave sunshine and the sea breeze in your face? Maybe touring historical sites and museums of big cities is more your style. Or perhaps you get a thrill out of exploring the open road and stopping in small towns with big personalities. Whatever your travel tastes, vacationing on dialysis is possible. Here is a list of the top destinations for dialysis patients.

1. Las Vegas, Nevada

Viva Las Vegas! The desert oasis is the number one requested travel spot for dialysis patients, and provides 15 DaVita dialysis centers. From countless themed hotels and casinos, to the endless array of shows and world-class dining, Las Vegas is the ultimate playground for grownups.

2. Orlando/Celebration, Florida

Orlando/Celebration is our next stop on the dialysis destination tour. With 15 DaVita dialysis centers to choose from, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself while taking care of your health. Walt Disney World®, Universal Studios Orlando® and SeaWorld Orlando® are just some of the exciting attractions to visit. Bask in the warm weather, take in views of the surrounding orange groves and enjoy the abundance of attractions in Orlando and Celebration.

3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 

Noted as one of the premier coastal resorts on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach offers a fun selection of dinner theater shows, live music and casino cruises. Golfing, fishing, boating and windsurfing are a few of the outdoor activities Myrtle Beach has to offer. No need to worry about your dialysis treatments putting a damper on your Grand Strand vacation; DaVita has two dialysis centers in the area.

4. Houston, Texas

The Houston area has an impressive 60 DaVita dialysis centers to choose from, so it’s not surprising it’s a top Texas destination for dialysis patients. Not only are the pick-up trucks and steaks big here, but so is the arts district — nearly 17 blocks! Houston’s other “big” attractions include the nation’s largest wildlife refuge and a tour of the Space Center Houston.

5. San Antonio, Texas

Visit the place hailed as “The Heart of Texas.” Take a step back into history when visiting the Alamo. Afterwards, stroll over the bridges of the famous River Walk, which is bedecked with unique shops and authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. San Antonio also has theme parks and major sporting events to entertain everyone in the family. Around 15 DaVita dialysis centers are here to serve you.

6. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, meaning Wild Onion, was named in 1700 by the Potawatomis. A city rich in colorful history, Chicago is now uniquely its own with so much to see and experience. From Wrigley Field to world-class shopping opportunities, you’ll have a hard time choosing what to do while in the “Windy City”. With 15 DaVita centers in the metropolitan area, you shouldn't have any difficulty managing your dialysis.

7. San Diego, California

Whether you’re into killer whales or killer waves, San Diego is a thriller! This Southern California city packs an amazing amount of history, recreation and culture into its scenic bayside locale. With an abundance of lodging options to choose from, you’ll never be far from the sights you want to see—or one of the six nearby DaVita dialysis centers.

8. Atlanta, Georgia 

In Atlanta, American history meets modern times. After the Civil War, the capital of the Peach State became the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Travel back in time by touring The King Center (a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) and the house of Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell. Explore the city’s modern side by attending a sporting event, touring the CNN studios or wandering through the World of Coca-Cola. And with 25 DaVita dialysis centers nearby, you can count on quality service.

9. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Sandy beaches, historical places around every corner and plenty of outdoor activies make Virginia Beach one of the top destinations for people on dialysis. More than $22 million went into cleaning up the beaches after hurrican damage knocked at Virginia Beach's door. Now it hosts some of the most pristine beaches in the country. Whether you spend your time on the water or on the shore, Virginia Beach can cater to anyone's tastes.

10. Los Angeles, California

Where else in the United States can you head up to the mountains in the morning, play in the snow for a while, only to go down to the beach in the afternoon to soak up the sun? Los Angeles practically has it all. From the almost year-round sunshine to the layed-back attitude of the locals, L.A. is a great place to people watch or play. Take a walk along the Venice boardwalk, spot your famous star's name on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood or participate in some good old fashioned fair games at the Santa Monica Pier. Don't forget to grab a bite at a trendy food truck or brunch spot—you could spot a celebrity when you're there!

Inspired to travel?

Call 1-800-244-0680 to speak with a DaVita Guest Services specialist. They can help you find a dialysis center near your desired destination.

*According to 2013 data collected by the DaVita Guest Services Call Center (GSCC).

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