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Overnight Lodging Accommodations for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California National Parks are side by side in the Sierra Mountains with rich history, wildlife and natural marvels. Their sibling National Park, Yosemite, is just little further north. Within these two parks are a few different overnight accommodations, including lodging and camping. It really just depends where you want to spend most of your time in the park because getting around takes time. Ash Mountain The Ash Mountain area is located at the park’s most southern entrance where there are two campgrounds. None of these campgrounds have showers, and the nearest place...

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Wheelchair Tips

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The grouping of four towering sequoia redwoods alongside the road in the Sierra Mountains, known as the “Four Guardsmen,” and are usually the first stop for visitors. Vehicles scurry to find a place to park alongside the road, but I fly right by them knowing this is only the beginning and that there is much more to see.   Tunnel Rock is the historical marker to indicate that you have arrived in Sequoia National Park, located off Highway 198 from the small town of Three Rivers. When the park was established in 1890, a section of this road was...

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Fort Funston Overlook and Trail Accessibility

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Fort Funston (MAP) is located along the Pacific Ocean shoreline on the southwest side of San Francisco across from Lake Merced. It was once the Lake Merced Military Reservation, and today it is an outdoor space managed by the Gold Gate National Recreation Area under the National Park Service. Park visitors come here to stroll by cypress trees with views of sand dunes hugging the Pacific Ocean. The main trail is a favorite for dog walkers. Even during the week this trail is swarmed with dogs, and on the weekend, there are even more. A couple of historical points...

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Marin Headlands National Park Wheelchair Tips

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The Marin Headlands National Park, managed by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is located right off the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Sausalito from San Francisco. The most popular area is Fort Cronkhite with Fort Baker on the bay-side, Fort Barry in between and Tennessee Valley in the northern highlands. The Marin Headlands National Park is a large park, too large to see and do everything in one day, even if looking for only barrier-free access. Also in the park are some of the GGNRA’s park partners that manage a number of other private properties found...

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Colorado Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

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Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is located at the base of Mt. Princeton in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The picturesque setting creates a relaxing ambiance to get-a-away from city life. People come for both the scenery and the hot springs. Hotel Details Parking: Designated accessible parking is available in the lot next to the lodge and one spot is located in front of the hot spring pools. Doors: The main/front doors to the lodge and the hot springs are automatic, but others are not, including the exit door to the actual hot spring pools. Check-in Desk: Not lowered...

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida Wheelchair Travel Tips

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The ocean city of Fort Lauderdale on the coast of Florida is a very popular vacation spot, and the gateway to the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico for some travelers. What draws everyone to this beach town are its miles and miles of pristine beaches, though The Swap Shop, Florida’s largest market that’s open 365 days a year, is an attraction with a life all of its own. The canal waterways of Fort Lauderdale are home to the rich and famous, where multi-million-dollar mansions are eye-catching and yachts are jaw-dropping. The waterways of Fort Lauderdale are filled with these massive...

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Pacific Grove Borg’s Motel

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Along the Monterey Bay coastline is the small beach town of Pacific Grove, neighboring the cities of Monterey and Carmel. There are a few wheelchair accessible places to stay in Pacific Grove. The Borg’s Motel is across the street from the ocean near Lovers Point Park, and a few blocks from the downtown area.   Hotel Details Entrance/Check-In: Not accessible. Four steps block access to the main office and check-in desk. There is, however, a universal handicap sign next to the steps that reads “for handicapped registration honk horn twice.” If that fails, call the hotel at 831.375.2406. Parking:...

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Savannah, Georgia Accessible Travel Tips & Attractions

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A rich history mixed with a chic, country lifestyle is why Savannah, Georgia is one of the most popular places to visit in the world. With so much to do and see in and around Savannah, travelers will need to be selective. Throughout Historical Savannah you will find of plethora courtyard squares where people often gather, rest and even play some music. There are multiple points of interest are nearby. A few city-selected vendors and entertainers are seen in the squares, all with approved identification tags. Savannah has a considerable amount of different tours. The most popular is the Old...

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8 Savannah Outdoor Attractions & Activities

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#1 Wormsloe State Historical Site and Plantation Wormsloe State Historical Site and Plantation is perhaps one of the most photographed spots in Savannah, Georgia, at least the entrance is. At the very least, tour groups will stop at the gate or drive down the long, Oaktree-lined dirt road, but this park has much more to offer if you enjoy nature’s company. Within the property are a few trails, the most barrier-free route to the historical the Tabby Ruins-Jones Fort and House Site is by taking Oak Avenue. After the museum and gift shop, this packed dirt and sand trail is...

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Visiting Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone

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Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park are known as two of the most beautiful national parks we have for a reason. Located in the Rocky Mountain Range mostly in Wyoming but also small parts in Montana and Idaho, they allow the public a bit of viewing access to the natural wonders and wildlife in a somewhat more protected area of our country. Because of the ruggedness of these parks, there isn’t a whole lot of handicap access, which in my opinion is a good thing. I personally don’t want everything to be accessible because that takes away...

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Rosie the Riveter Park, Museum, Memorial, & Shipyard

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Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park is located on the San Francisco Bay in the industrial heart of Richmond, California.  This historical area is dedicated to the hard working people at the Ford Assembly Plant on the U.S. home front during World War II. They were known as the Rosie Riveters. When most of the men were called to serve their country, President Franklin D.  Roosevelt declared Executive Order 8808, which became the Fair Employment Act of 1941 “…there shall be no discrimination in the employment of workers in defense industries or government because of race,...

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SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel at Pismo Beach, CA

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The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach is located on the central coast of California between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Sitting right on the beach, there are ample ocean views. Hotel Amenities Parking: Self-parking and valet are available, but there are limited accessible parking spaces. One such space is near the entrance, but the rest are up the inclined driveway. Entrance: The main doors are automatic. Check-in desk: There is a pull-out counter for those needing access in the center of the desk. Restaurant: There is a restaurant on the property; brunch is particularly popular. The main...

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Wisconsin Potawatomi State Park Camping & Trail Tips

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Potawatomi State Park is located in Door County of northeastern Wisconsin. For those of you not familiar with WI, it’s the peninsula or thumb pointing into Lake Michigan. Door County is known as a great vacation place with many wineries, a lot of artistic influence and very crafty shops. You will not find any fast food restaurants north of Sturgeon Bay which is essentially the doorway to Door County, even though it really starts south of Sturgeon Bay. You also will not find any big box stores such as Walmart north of Sturgeon Bay. It is a very quaint...

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Eugene O’Neill National Historical Site

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The Eugene O’Neill Historical Site is a beloved residence of one of America’s most influential playwrights and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Overlooking Mt. Diablo in Danville, California, Eugene moved his family here in the 1930s because the picturesque landscape inspired his writing. Some of Eugene’s famous works include Hard Day’s Journey into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten, and The Iceman Cometh. The house and garden have many architectural and accent features that profoundly reflected the beliefs of Taoism and different Asian cultures. [Show slideshow] 1234► The Main Attraction Tour (2.5 hours) The main part of the ranger-led...

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Talkeetna Lodge in Talkeetna, Alaska

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The Talkeetna Lodge in Talkeetna, Alaska is a luxurious accommodation for visitors with views of the mountains of Denali National Park, including Mount McKinley, and a grand stone fireplace in the lobby. The small town of Talkeetna has a few shops and restaurants for tourists, and an accessible shuttle that takes visitors from the Talkeetna Lodge to local destinations. The shuttle can accommodate two wheelchairs.   [Show slideshow] 123► Lodge Access Details Main Doors: Have automatic buttons to open doors. Check-in desk: Does not have a lowered section. Elevator: Yes, to every floor. Patio: The large patio is a...

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Congaree National Park, SC Accessible Hiking Tips

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Congaree National Park is located at the southern end of South Carolina, just outside the state capitol of Columbia. It is a preserved wildlife area, receiving the most government protection from mankind’s footprints. Part of the park’s boarder aligns with the Congaree River and acts as a flood plain before reaching the ocean. Wintertime brings the most severe flooding, but a portion of the park remains accessible to visitors. The park is known to be a swampland, and it is, with many plants and trees that have adapted to this environment and are thriving, but hardwood trees are also...

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Nisene Marks State Park near Santa Cruz, CA

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The Nisene Marks State Park, located just right off Hwy 1 near Santa Cruz California, is a beautiful peaceful redwood forest on the coast. It became a State Park in 1963 by donation of the Marks family and was also the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The Park is about 9,600 acres, but majority of the park is not accessible. If you are looking to picnic there are tables and barbecues located next to the parking lot where the trail head is. There is only one ADA by law trail that leads to an overlook with a...

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Caledonia State Park, Pennsylvania Camping

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The 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park in the state of Pennsylvania is located between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along the Lincoln Highway, US 30. The park is nestled within South Mountain with farmlands on either side and the Blue Ridge Mountain Range to the north. Within South Mountain there are four state parks and 84,000 acres of state forest land waiting to be explored and enjoyed, and one of them is Caledonia State Park. [Show slideshow] Hosack Run Campground I tent camped for 4 days in July 2016.  I was at site #180 which is designated handicap accessible.  The site is paved...

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Accessible Cruise to Alaska’s Inside Passage

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Four years ago I took my very first cruise which happened to be to one of the best destinations a person could ever dream to visit, Alaska.  Since then it has been my dream to visit again.  This past May my dream became a reality as my parents and I spent another wonderful week exploring The Last Frontier.  Our adventure began in Vancouver where we boarded Princess Cruise Lines Crown Princess.  Although I hadn’t been on Crown Princess before, the ships layout and the great accessibility features were already familiar to me as I had previously cruised on her...

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High Cliff State Park, Wisconsin Wheelchair Access

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On the northeast corner of Lake Winnebago, the largest lake in Wisconsin, you will find High Cliff State Park. High Cliff is just what the name says, it’s located on a cliff along Lake Winnebago and gives a great view of the northern portion of the lake. It offers a campground, hiking trails, a recreation park, viewing tower, beach, and marina. One of my favorite pass times at High Cliff is going down to the marina and watching people off-load and load their boats. I’m not much of a bragger but I used to be pretty good at backing...

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