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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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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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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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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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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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Overview: San Francisco, CA Access Travel Guide

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San Francisco may be one of the hilliest cities in the USA, but this doesn’t mean that it is not accessible for wheelchair travel. Power wheelchairs will have more freedom to explore the inner neighborhoods of San Francisco, but those using manual chairs may need to be pushed. There are, however, a few areas in San Francisco that are flat or relatively flat, which makes it easier for some to explore San Francisco. Otherwise, visitors can rely on multiple accessible public transportation options, like buses, to taxis, to light rails. Below you will find an overview with many links to...

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Murphys Suites Hotel

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Murphys California is a small town about 3 hours east of San Francisco. There are a few places to stay, Murphys Suites Hotel, which is right off of highway 4, is the most popular because of the location. The hotel is within walking distance to the historic downtown where most the restaurants and shopping are. There is a restaurant in the parking lot of the hotel that I would highly recommend you go to the restaurant even if you don’t stay at the hotel. The hotel itself does not serve food, just vending machines and Hostess donuts in the...

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Hampton Inn Hotel Truckee

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Truckee is a small town just outside of North Lake Tahoe, CA. Interstate 80 runs right through Truckee, which will take you to Reno, NV. There is a small downtown area of Truckee that is all accessible. The Hampton Inn is located on CA-267 which takes you to North Lake Tahoe, Kings Beach area. The location of the hotel is in a good spot depending on what you feel like doing. There is also a gas station and a convince store in the parking lot of the hotel, so you won’t get stranded. The Hampton Inn was a pretty nice...

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Exploring the Salton Sea in Southern California

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The Salton Sea in Southern California is a fascinating place with a tragic history. This hauntingly beautiful body of salt water is the largest lake in California, occupying an area approximately 15 miles wide by 35 miles long between the Coachella Valley and the Imperial Valley. The northern end of the lake is surrounded by mountains, but the basin that holds its water is almost as low as Death Valley at 234 ft. below sea level. Salton Sea was formed in 1905 when flooding Colorado River waters broke through a man-made irrigation canal system and poured into this large...

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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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The Landing Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA

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The Landing Resort is a luxury, boutique hotel with fine dining and spa services on a lake-front property in South Lake Tahoe. Valet is included with your hotel stay but not required. Two handicapped parking spots can be found closest to the main entrance but other handicapped spots are statically placed closer to rooms. Upon arrival guests are greeted with the offer of champagne and led inside for check-in. I was delighted to find wood floors on this entire level, which also included the fitness room, spa and restaurant. Here you will also find an accessible drinking fountain; though bottled...

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Los Angeles, CA Accessible Travel Attractions

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The city of Los Angeles or the “city of angels” has a lot more to offer than just star gazing. Los Angeles is very spread out which makes it a little difficult to site-see, primarily since traffic is unpredictable and can slow you down immensely. The following are the best accessible areas and attractions in Los Angeles and does not include things to do and see in cities close by like Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu and Pasadena. Greater Los Angeles incorporates these cities along with many others like Culver City, Westwood, Bellaire, Bevery Hills, and Hollywood. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES There are...

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CA Sonoma Wine Country in the Fall

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Witnessing trees changing colors on the East Coast during the crisp autumn months is an attraction all its own, but in the Sonoma Wine Country of California, you can find wine vineyards that explode with effervescent, fiery color, drawing in the eye like a moth to a flame. Visitors come to Sonoma County year-round, but fall reveals a distinct spectrum of illuminated color. Typically, vineyards begin to change at the very end of September and are nearly naked by December. In the wine country, fall is known as “crush” — referring to the harvesting of grapes. The Sonoma Wine...

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Santa Cruz, CA Accessible Travel Guide

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The beach town of Santa Cruz is located in central California just above Monterey and below San Francisco. Santa Cruz is a very wheelchair friendly beach city with lots of activities geared towards the outdoors. You can find many beach wheelchair accessible walkways, some going right out onto the sand but you will also find beach wheelchairs in case you want to venture further. I have spent many summers in Santa Cruz but I also love it in the winter too as the ocean swells are very active and fun to watch, plus, crowds tend to be much smaller...

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Staying at the Four Seasons Hotel, Downtown San Francisco

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The San Francisco Four Seasons Hotel is a short stroll from the Powell BART Station and is a luxury hotel with classy customer service and lots of thick carpet. The main entry lacks an automatic door but you can almost always find a doorman ready to assist you. Take the elevators up to the lobby floor to check-in at a lowered counter off to the right. This level is also where the restaurant and bar are located along with a smoking terrace on the opposite end. The smart/causal restaurant is particularly popular for brunch. The bar has a number...

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Hiking Trails @ Point Reyes Seashore, CA

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This magnificent expanse of parkland is one of the nation’s great treasures. Its 71,057 acres include rolling grasslands, forested ravines that open onto steep, rocky blufftops, broad beaches, lush salt marshes, and 600-foot-high granite promontories at the Point Reyes Headlands. Wildlife abounds—including a herd of tule elk, once hunted almost to extinction, that can often be spotted at the end of Pierce Point Road—and hiking trails extend more than 140 miles, although the terrain makes many of them inaccessible to wheelchair riders. A hostel provides accessible accommodations for overnight visitors.  This park is a good place to learn about...

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