Leisure and Learning Travel

California Coast: Venice Beach Travel Tips

California Coast: Venice Beach Travel Tips

Venice Beach is a big tourist attraction for the Los Angeles and a local favorite since it's a twenty minute drive or less from almost any where in Los Angeles and neighbor to Santa Monica Beach. Venice Beach is too unique and too convenient to not check out. The...

Seattle, Washington Access Travel Tips

Seattle, Washington Access Travel Tips

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...

CA Sonoma Wine Country Accessible Travel Tips

CA Sonoma Wine Country Accessible Travel Tips

Sonoma County lies in the North Coast Ranges of northwestern California, about an hour away from San Francisco. This part of California is highly known as wine country, encompassing a few regions each with their own microclimates and are Alexander Valley, Bennett...

CA, Half Moon Bay: Access Travel Guide

CA, Half Moon Bay: Access Travel Guide

Off California's Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California is the coastal city Half Moon Bay. Main Street Half Moon Bay's historic Main Street is filled with original buildings that have been modified to be new treasures. The sidewalks and streets are clean and...

Muir Woods National Monument Hiking Access

Muir Woods National Monument Hiking Access

Strolling through Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, Northern California is a space where nature opens a window to the vast depth of life and creation itself. Be still for a moment under the canopy of the ancient redwoods and beside the stream and feel...

Stay in Charming Murphys in Northern California

Stay in Charming Murphys in Northern California

Well I came upon a gem for a great stay in an accessible cozy inn.  It is called The Victoria Inn in Murphys, California. It is tucked away in the little town of Murphys in and around the gold rush country. But this town is now more known for its wine tasting...

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Iceland is Accessible

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Iceland is Accessible

Grindavík, Iceland - The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is one of Iceland’s biggest and unique attractions with about 400,000 visitors per year. The lagoon is surrounded by lava rocks. It is 2/3 seawater and 1/3 fresh water and the source of the water  runs 2000...

California Coast: Mendocino Access Tips

California Coast: Mendocino Access Tips

Mendocino is a small town on the coast of Northern California where the jagged shoreline meets the lush forests filled with redwood, sequoias, and ferns. There has been a lot of effort to keep this cost under developed to maintain its pristine beauty. Coming to...

Visit the Napa Valley Wine Country in California

Visit the Napa Valley Wine Country in California

Napa Valley Wine Country has made itself world famous in the wine industry and is made up the towns of Napa, American Canyon, Calistoga, St. Helena, and Yountville. Shortly after the historic Gold Rush of California, some migrated their way to the Napa Valley to claim...

Santa Monica Beach City Access

Santa Monica Beach City Access

Santa Monica Beach is one of my absolute favorite destinations in the greater Los Angeles area and one that the wheelchair traveler could easily spend a couple of days exploring and enjoying the ambiance and...

My Stay at an Accessible CA Beach House

My Stay at an Accessible CA Beach House

The waves crash against the rocks and the spray leaps to the sky. Each droplet of salty water glistens in the rays of the warm summer sun.  I sit in the front yard of our magnificent beachfront rental located in Rincon Beach Park, a quite gated community in...

Santa Cruz Mt. Train Ride and Accessible Trail

Santa Cruz Mt. Train Ride and Accessible Trail

When you think of Santa Cruz, usually it’s followed by Beach Boardwalk and images of California’s coast and the Pacific Ocean. While much of Santa Cruz culture is centered on the beach, it is only one side of this California destination. The Santa Cruz Mountains are a...

Victoria, British Columbia Accessible Travel Tips

Victoria, British Columbia Accessible Travel Tips

I did not have much time in Victoria. By the time I got to the hotel it was near three o’clock and my body was tired of sitting up, so I took a necessary half hour to lie down and recharge my body.  The day was slipping away and so did my plans to visit the...

Come Visit St. John, New Brunswick in Canada

Come Visit St. John, New Brunswick in Canada

When you reach St. John, New Brunswick the ship will dock right in the centre; you'll be able to see a good majority of one of North America's oldest port cities from the boat deck. There is often a craft market which opens just outside the cruise terminal, the best...

Cruise: France, Italy & Spain

Cruise: France, Italy & Spain

The Liberty of the Seas is the second biggest ship in the world, just behind the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. It measures an impressive 339 meters in length, has  6500 m2 in surface space and has the capacity to transport 5700 people (4300 passengers...

Cruising on the Celebrity Silhouette

Cruising on the Celebrity Silhouette

Easy Access Travel was honored to be among the Travel Industry guests invited to sail on a two night pre-inaugural cruise on the newest member of Celebrity Cruise Line’s fleet, the Silhouette.  We cruised out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ and had an opportunity...

Austin, Texas Accessible Travel Tips

Austin, Texas Accessible Travel Tips

It really feels Like a Whole ‘Nother Country…(Texas that is). I had a business trip to Austin, Texas this past April and I was a little nervous. I hadn’t traveled by plane with my chair for quite awhile. The last time (10 years ago) I arrived fine but my chair somehow...

My Trip to Paris, France in a Wheelchair

My Trip to Paris, France in a Wheelchair

The overnight flight from Houston Intercontinental airport took 8 hours 45 minutes, and left town at 3 pm central standard time.  It was almost impossible for me to get any sleep.  For some reason, I’ve always had a hard time getting any on airplanes. ...

Pasadena, CA: Huntington Gardens and Art Galleries

Pasadena, CA: Huntington Gardens and Art Galleries

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Pasadena, California is a private, non-profit institution established in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington.  Huntington had a special love for books, art and gardens. Today the property is 207 acres...

Alaska Cruise and Land Tour Tips

Alaska Cruise and Land Tour Tips

Overview One of the best accessible cruises is to Alaska, whether using a manual or power wheelchair or scooter.  I recommend doing the land tour first followed by the seven night southbound cruise. ...

Oregon, McKenzie River: Hot Springs & Gardens

Oregon, McKenzie River: Hot Springs & Gardens

In McKenzie Bridge, Oregon along the McKenzie River is the Belknap Hot Springs, a natural wonder is turned into a peaceful get-a-way. It was established in 1869 and today has two modern hot spring pools...

Oregon, Astoria: Coastal Town Access Travel Tips

Oregon, Astoria: Coastal Town Access Travel Tips

The town of Astoria, Oregon is one of the oldest and continuously populated settlements west of the Rocky Mountains and marked the end of the historical journey for the frontiersmen known as Lewis & Clark....

Exclusive Accessible CA Wine Country Tour

Exclusive Accessible CA Wine Country Tour

Coastal fog in Northern California draws a cooler climate and allows forests to thrive, something inherently different than its southern half. The maritime layer produces cooler summers and milder winters, making Northern California open for travel all year round....

Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico the stares fro­m the townfolk in Mexico may take some getting used to, but after awhile you will realize that the attention is due to your celebrity status.  Many Mexicans have never seen a person in a wheelchair, let alone a van with...

Access at Disneyland in California

Access at Disneyland in California

I remember the first time my mom and dad took us to Disneyland. I was five. I also remember my dad having to carry me on all of the rides and even throughout some of the lengthy lines. Even thought I was five, it was still a bit painful for him, at the end of the...

Eugene, Oregon: Visit the King Estate Winery

Eugene, Oregon: Visit the King Estate Winery

The King Estate Winery sits on top of a hill in the southwest part of Eugene, Oregon in the beautiful wine country of Lane County. Circling the property are spectacular views of the 1,033 ares of certified...

Washington, D.C. Wheelchair Travel Tips

Washington, D.C. Wheelchair Travel Tips

Over 100 wheelchair travelers said that Washington D.C. was one of the most accessible cities in the United States, coming second to Las Vegas. It is no wonder why the U.S. capital is one of the most visited...

CA, Bodega Bay Weekend Get-A-Way

CA, Bodega Bay Weekend Get-A-Way

Located off Highway 1 about 45 minutes north from the San Francisco Airport is the quaint town of Bodega Bay. This coastal destination is a perfect spot for a weekend get-a-way, secluded enough to fully unwind and enjoy the beautiful calming ambiance of the Pacific...

Livermore, California: Wine Country

Livermore, California: Wine Country

The Livermore Wine Country is located about fifty minutes from San Francisco on the east side of the Bay Area. As of 2013 there are over fifty wineries and growing. Some offer food pairings with wine tasting,...

Newport, Oregon Day Trip

Newport, Oregon Day Trip

Newport Beach is a historic part of Oregon's beautiful coastline. It became a US city in 1906 and is the home of John Wayne. Besides breathtaking scenery, Newport is based around an active harbor and fresh fish...

Monterey, CA Wheelchair Access Travel Guide

Monterey, CA Wheelchair Access Travel Guide

Monterey is one of the ocean cities along Monterey Bay, Northern California with a cool coastal vibe and an emphasis on the outdoors. What draws most people to Monterey is the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium located on Cannery Row (details below), but it is...

CA, SF: Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf & Ghirardelli Square

CA, SF: Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf & Ghirardelli Square

The famous Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf are the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco, so prepare yourself for crowds unless visiting really early in the morning. Parking in this are is real difficult. With views of Alcatraz and the Golden...

London Wheelchair Accessible Attractions

London Wheelchair Accessible Attractions

London is filled with accessible royal parks and gardens. The Regents Park is one royal park and a visit to it would be a lovely day trip. The London Zoo is located in the park as well as the Wildlife and Allotment Gardens. There is also an Open Air Theatre that is...

Boudler, CO: Pearl Street Shopping & Dining

Boudler, CO: Pearl Street Shopping & Dining

For my little sisters graduation I traveled to Boulder, Colorado, a wonderful mountain city with so much do. Nestled against the Flat Iron rocks, the entrance to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is overwhelmingly filled with restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques. ...

Touring the Town of Camden, Maine

Touring the Town of Camden, Maine

The town of Camden, Maine is a beautiful North East town with colonial style buildings and an active harbor. The cute downtown is filled with specialty shops, restaurants, galleries and even a wine tasting room....

Northern CA Coast Accessible Travel

Northern CA Coast Accessible Travel

The rocky shores of the Northern California Coast offer countless views but not endless entertainment. There are no flashing lights, besides the lighthouses, and no shopping malls. It is place of serenity, a place to collect oneself and get lost in oneself; a place of...

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:  Access in “The Good Land”

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Access in “The Good Land”

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...

Visiting San Antonio, Texas with a Wheelchair

Visiting San Antonio, Texas with a Wheelchair

San Antonio is a wonderfully accessible city!  A major draw to the city is the River Walk which follows the San Antonio River for about five miles. Development along the river started with the plans of San Antonio native and architect, Robert Hugman. Basic...

Berkeley, California: Travel Tips

Berkeley, California: Travel Tips

Berkeley is San Francisco's more liberal neighbor across the bay that can be accessed by ferry or BART. It is home to many disabled residents, particularly those that use wheelchairs. Getting around by bus in...

Carnival Glory Cruise Access

Carnival Glory Cruise Access

So far I have only been on one ship. As I "try" them out I will try to put together some concise information so you'll have some basic idea of what to expect. Basic special needs information can be found  on the Carnival Special needs page. You will have to fill...

17-Mile Drive in Carmel on the Monterey Peninsula

17-Mile Drive in Carmel on the Monterey Peninsula

The 17-Mile Drive is a privately owned scenic drive that runs along the edge of the Monterey Peninsula, passing through the gated community of Pebble Beach. As the road skirts the peninsula’s western edge, you'll pass such frequently photographed landmarks as Seal and...

Santa Cruz, CA: Lighthouse Field State Beach

Santa Cruz, CA: Lighthouse Field State Beach

A popular destination for surfers, bicyclists, and dog walkers, Lighthouse Field State Beach lies south of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and north of Natural Bridges State Park. There is no wheelchair access to the beach, but a pathway that runs for almost three...

CA Coast: Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur Access

CA Coast: Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur Access

Pfeiffer Beach, while hard to find, is one of the most popular beach access points in Big Sur. On our rainy weekday visit it was nearly deserted, but it’s easy to see why crowds gather here in good weather to enjoy the drama of the surf crashing through arches in the...

Berlin was Surprisingly Wheelchair Accessible

Berlin was Surprisingly Wheelchair Accessible

In 2004, my friend Nicole and I decided to go to Berlin, Germany for 10 days during our spring break.  She proposed the idea to me because she had always wanted to travel there. At that time I had only been to Greece and Turkey and was itching to go back to...

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