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Sacramento Amtrak Train in California

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The Sacramento Amtrak Train Station is located in Downtown Sacramento not far from Old Town Sacramento and the California State Capitol. Parking and curbs are wheelchair accessible with reasonable distances to the station and ticket counter. Like most counters, though, it is high and difficult to see the agent and pass documents from a seated position. Security glass makes this all the more difficult. In this busy station, it is unlikely the ticket agent will leave the booth. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, but most fares are not refundable! It is important to note that you need to purchase an...

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Access on Amtrak Train: New York to Washington D.C.

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As I prepared for a trip to Washington, D.C. from my home on Long Island, NY, I debated which method of travel would be the least stressful. It didn’t make much sense to go through the trouble of taking a plane ride when the flight would be less than two hours. Plus, the thought of being separated from my wheelchair to board the plane makes me anxious, since you never know what could happen once it becomes just another piece of luggage in the cargo. So, I decided to try taking Amtrak for the first time, and I’m incredibly...

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Access at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

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Colonial Williamsburg is a restored and recreated colonial American village in eastern Virginia that functions as a living history museum. Visitors can explore the town and tour Georgian buildings like the Governor’s Palace, Courthouse, Capitol and Bruton Parish Church to experience what life was like in the 18th century. Costumed actors (“interpreters”) populate the streets and demonstrate the lifestyle and common trades of the period. Museums and galleries display decorative arts, folk art, antiques and artifacts. Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year. It is best to visit when the weather is mild in spring or fall – foliage is...

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Montreal, Canada to NYC Train Travel Accessibility

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Using Amtrak you can take the train to travel in between New York City and Montreal, Canada, which takes approximately eleven hours. The Amtrak Adirondack Train Route is one of the most scenic train rides in the world, especially in the fall, which makes the time go by a little faster. Booking Some disabled passengers may be able to receive a discounted train ticket, see this page for details. Passengers can make an accessible reservation online, over the phone or in person at the station. When making a reservation online, be sure you select “Passenger with Disability (PWD)” using...

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Montreal Transportation in Quebec, Canada

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Overall, accessibility is an afterthought in Montreal. It is possible to navigate around Montreal but whether it be navigating the sidewalks and streets or using transportation challenges exists. For starters, the city has a number of hills that surround Mount Royal. Not every attraction that you may want to see is located in the downtown or Old Montreal area, so even for power wheelchairs and scooters, transportation is likely needed at some point. Sidewalks were overall maintained well and curb-cuts or walkway ramps were plentiful. However, sometimes transitions from the street to sidewalk was far from streamlined; effecting the...

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Albuquerque, New Mexico Accessible Travel Guide

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Bienvenidos! Albuquerque lies at the crossroads of Interstate 40 and Interstate 25, on the banks of the Rio Grande river. A mid-sized, mild-weathered city, located in the heart of the high desert of New Mexico, Albuquerque is an authentic and laid-back destination. The hottest days of summer usually peak in the high 90’sf and the coldest days of winter dip down to 32f and below. You can definitely experience all four seasons in Albuquerque, although they are relatively mild in comparison to other parts of the country. Some snow and some rain, windy springs and hot summer days –...

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John Muir National Historical Site

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John Muir, father of park conservation, spent his last couple of decades in a beautiful Victorian home overlooking orchards and vineyards in the East Bay of California. When John Muir and his family lived here, along with a full staff, their fruit ranch stretched 2,600-acres. Today, the National Park Service protects 335-acres of this original property, known as the John Muir National Historical Site. John Muir was an extremely successful fruit farmer, but he is famously known for establishing Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, among many others, as National Parks by gaining the awareness of President Roosevelt. Muir Woods...

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Towne Place Suits Marriott at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA

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Towne Place Suits Marriott is located about a mile from Disneyland just off of E Katella Ave in a quieter neighborhood.  I say quieter because Amtrak train line is behind the building, so you get some train noise but not much. The handicap parking is right in-front of the lobby and rooms are just above the lobby.  An automatic sliding door and a lowered counter greet you.  The lobby is also a small cafe with some coffee and tea offered and a TV screen for entertainment.  There is tile in the lobby but then changes to carpet once near...

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Santa Barbara, CA Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users

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Santa Barbara is considered to be a part of California’s Central Coast and is not only a beach town but a college one with a little bit of history. With a kick of new age philosophy and a high-end flare, it is no wonder why some celebrities have homes here. It is also approximately a two-hour drive to Los Angeles, convenient for those celebrities working the Hollywood area. Sidewalks and streets are kept in pristine condition: no trash or graffiti. In fact, I can’t even recall seeing a homeless person. Everything surrounding the downtown area, even the gas stations,...

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A Weekend in Seattle, WA: Access Review

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I arrived to Seattle, Washington by ferry, a common way of getting around in this part of the world and spent two nights. From all the research I had done, Seattle was going to be a hilly challenge, but regardless I wanted to see what it would take to get around to see the attractions I picked out. Getting around Seattle included planning due to all the hills getting to the main attractions and usually involved taking a taxi at some point. It’s hard to determine a hotel to stay at but the next time I were to stay in...

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Train Ride: Seattle, WA to Vancouver, B.C.

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To get to Vancouver, B.C. without flying from California you have to either take a bus from Seattle or the Amtrack Cascades Train; the Amtrak Coast Starlight Train does not continue past Seattle. A bus can accommodate one wheelchair but what you see from the train is much more scenic. Usually when you take the train, it will be recommended that you arrive close to an hour before. It was hard for me to follow this with the orchestration of a taxi to get to the train station, carrying bags and checking in but still got on the train in...

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Train Travel: Oakland, CA to Seattle, WA

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Amtrak’s Coast Starlight Train travels up the west coast from San Diego, California to Seattle, Washington. I took this train but started in Oakland at the Jack London’s Square station. The whole ride took 24 hrs., which is why I choose to pay extra for a sleeper car. To board the train attendants will unload and setup a mettle, portable ramp. It’s requested you arrive around an hour before departure but I never came close to that and didn’t have a problem. The handicapped sleeper car was in fact much large than a regular sleeper car but it still is...

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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

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The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in Martinez, California is one of America’s least visited historical sites, but it shouldn’t be. The details of what happened in Port Chicago are a little bit of a mystery, and the aftermath is an astonishing piece of history. While loading a variety of ammunition onto two 500 foot U.S. Navy ships on July 17, 1944, 320 over-worked and under-trained men, primarily African American, were killed and 390 were injured. Following the explosion, officials demanded that loading proceed as before without any explanation or additional training to prevent another explosion from occurring....

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Access in Milwaukee, WI: “The Good Land”

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a charming Mid-West city with a chill vibe of people that love art and music. Overlooking Lake Michigan, Milwaukee hosts the largest music festival called Summerfest, which consists of 11 days, 11 stages, and over 700 bands. If you are a baseball fan then you can catch a game at the Milwaukee Brewers Miller Lite Stadium during the season and on Fridays there is a beer garden in the stadium. When in Wisconsin in general sample as much cheese as possible for it is delicious. One common way is in pizza and one suggestion for incredible pizza is...

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