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America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington

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I am not what you might typically call a “car guy.” Whenever I am asked about anything to do with the mechanical aspects of my car I say, “It’s green and it has a sunroof.” That said, I am a history buff, so when a friend asked if I would like to go to America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington to see the Le May Collection, I readily agreed. (You don’t have to say “Road Trip!” twice for me to be out the door and pulling on the car door.) The 165,000 square-foot museum is on three levels, housing...

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2 Power Wheelchairs in Tacoma, Washington

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Sometimes the unplanned part of travel turns out to be the best. That’s what happened to me this week.  I went looking for a hotel somewhere between Portland, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington for two nights. I knew I wanted a hotel that was near water and within easy walking distance of many restaurants. The map showed that the Courtyard Tacoma Downtown in Tacoma, Washington met my criteria. With a great rate of $152 a night, we booked it. I am traveling with two power chair users (myself included) and a driver/attendant who has significant environmental illnesses. We’re on our...

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Access to Zip-Lining in Washington

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As a child one of my favorite things to do in the whole wide world was to climb trees and I would spend hours sitting up in them but after becoming paralyzed it seemed like my days in branches was over. I was wrong. On an early August morning Steven and I headed 45minutes from Portland, Oregon to a beautiful area in Washington by the Columbia River known as “The Gorge” to meet up with most of the zip-lining crew from the Skamania Lodge Zip Tour (SLZT). Nine people were present, including a videographer/photographer, and all were ready to...

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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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Boat Ride from Victoria, B.C. to Seattle, WA

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Victoria, B.C. to Seattle, WA – The Clipper Ferry is quick to travel between Victoria, B.C. and Seattle. In 2011, I took the Clipper from Victoria to Seattle which took a little over 2.5 hours compared to 4 hours by train. In this part of the world with so much water, ferries are the most direct way to travel from point to point. You pay a little but more but not much. For the train it cost $88 and the boat was a little over $100. A number of people already had their tickets but I purchased mine that day of, just minutes...

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Accessible Taxi Cabs in Seattle

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Seattle, WA –  The public transportation systems in Seattle such as the bus, light rail and monorail only sometimes tax you so far and sometimes a short distance can mean going up a very steep hill. Even for the strongest manual wheelchairs uses the hills of Seattle can really tough and almost impossible to go up. Some in power wheelchairs have also said the inclines in Seattle are hard on their chairs.  When I traveled to Seattle I found the need of a wheelchair accessible taxi necessary. The one that I used was Yellow Cabs Seattle and the phone number is 206-622-6500....

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Access the Monorail in Seattle

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Seattle, WA – The Seattle Center Monorail is the nation’s first full-scale commercial monorail system which provides a fun, quick and convenient link from downtown Seattle to Seattle Center. Most locals joke about the effectiveness of the monorail but for tourist, especially those in wheelchairs, the monorail provides easy and cheap transportation to a center hub of Seattle where many attractions can be found, like the Space Needle and the Experience the Music Project. The Seattle Monorail is currently open Monday through Friday: 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM. The Seattle Monorail departures every 10...

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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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Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Downtown Seattle, WA

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Seattle, WA – The Renaissance Marriott Hotel is located in downtown Seattle and is close to attractions such as the Pike Place Market, the aquarium, Pioneer Square, Settle’s Art Museum, and a short monorail ride to the Seattle Center where the Space Needle and Experience the Music museum are. Most of the time door and valet men are near the entrance to open the door for you but there were a few times that I had to do it manually because there is no automatic door. Like most hotels, the registration counter was at a standing height. Elevators were...

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Seattle Outdoors for All Foundation

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Get outside with Outdoors for All in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Outdoors for All Foundation is a Seattle based non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation. If you are visiting Seattle, Outdoors for All offers adaptive cycle rentals at its Adaptive Cycle Center based in Magnuson Park in Northeast Seattle. Drop-in during the summer weekends to rent by the hour or day, or up to a week by appointment. During the winter, Outdoors for All offers one time adaptive ski or snowboard lessons at The Summit at Snoqualmie and Stevens...

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