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Want to take it easy? Just relax? Maybe learn a thing or two? These wheelchair accessible travel ideas can prepare you for leisure travel that includes cruises, trips to Hawaii, the winecountry, Italy, and more. Please explore below.

 

Hearst Castle: California State Park

Hearst Castle: California State Park

Hearst Castle is a California State Park, located on the coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Hearst Castle rests on top of a hillside overlooking the ocean. Starting at the visitor center, the Hearst Castle offers wheelchair access to visitors, including...

Valparaíso, Chile Wheelchair Holiday

Valparaíso, Chile Wheelchair Holiday

  In 2018, we traveled to Valparaíso, Chile, a lovely ocean-side city, to celebrate Christmas and New Years with our friends. What an incredible trip! We thought that there would be zero wheelchair access in this part of Chile, but we were wrong. Upon arriving,...

5 Best Wheelchair Accessible Beach Vacations

5 Best Wheelchair Accessible Beach Vacations

Are you looking for the best wheelchair-accessible beach vacations? During the hot summer days, there's nothing better than relaxing on the sand and enjoying the breeze and the serene waters. But when you're in a wheelchair or have a physical disability, it can be...

The Big Island, Hawaii Wheelchair Travel

The Big Island, Hawaii Wheelchair Travel

In 2019, we traveled to the Big Island, Hawaii in our manual wheelchairs. We rented a car with hand-controls, went scuba diving, did a helicopter tour, and of course spent a lot of time by the beach and pool. Hawaii is such a special place, and the Big Island is the...

Berlin, Germany Travel Tips

Berlin, Germany Travel Tips

Travelling can be a nightmare if you are wheelchair bound. A lot of extra planning unfortunately is still needed especially when travelling abroad. Luckily, accessibility has come to the forefront of most European Cities, and Berlin is no exception. Below are some...

Nepal Accessible Trail Trekking

Nepal Accessible Trail Trekking

For such a long time, it has not been possible for the people who have a physical disability to trek in normal trekking trail in Nepal. It will be difficult for those trekkers to hike even in Nepal's easy and in...

Sarasota, Florida: Beaches, Culture & Access

Sarasota, Florida: Beaches, Culture & Access

  Some can’t help but think of the words “paradise vacation” at the mere utterance of Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota is a true sunshine getaway from the winter months, and is known as the perfect destination...

Overview: Accessible Cruising + Cruise Lines

Overview: Accessible Cruising + Cruise Lines

Why take a cruise? Cruising on a various cruise line is one of the most popular means of travel for those who use a wheelchair or have some other limited mobility. The allure of having a guaranteed accessible space to return to after a day of exploring is the...

New York City: Top 15 Accessible Attractions

New York City: Top 15 Accessible Attractions

Get excited because there are tons of fun things to do in New York City! You can go see a Broadway show, watch the ballet, listen to a symphony at the Lincoln Center, visit a museum, or take in some jazz at a jazz club. There’s something for everyone and the city...

Capri, Italy: Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

Capri, Italy: Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

This article is based on a day trip to Capri we took from Naples in May of 2014 and, to a lesser extent, one in 2006.  We also went to Rome in 2014 and wrote articles about wheelchair access in Rome, in Naples and in Pompeii; they can be found on the same website...

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Wheelchair Travel Tips

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Wheelchair Travel Tips

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...

Savannah, Georgia: Wheelchair Travel

Savannah, Georgia: Wheelchair Travel

A rich history mixed with a chic, country lifestyle is why Savannah, Georgia is one of the most popular places to visit in the United States. With so much to do and see, travelers will need to be selective, even when it comes to wheelchair travel in Savannah,...

Rome, Italy: Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips

Rome, Italy: Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips

When I found out my brother had decided to do a destination wedding, I was jazzed: a joyous excuse for a trip to Europe! I wanted to travel to Rome, Italy with my wheelchair. One of the great things about Europe is that the continent is compact: once you're there,...

Overview: San Francisco, CA Access Travel Guide

Overview: San Francisco, CA Access Travel Guide

San Francisco is one of the hilliest cities in the USA, and it's still accessible for wheelchair travel! Of course, power wheelchairs and scooters will have more freedom to explore the inner neighborhoods of San Francisco, but those using manual chairs may...

Dining & Entertainment: Carlisle, Cumbria, England, UK

Dining & Entertainment: Carlisle, Cumbria, England, UK

When it comes to dining out or having a bite at a cafe, all of the chain restaurants, such as Nando’s, Pizza Express, Weatherspoon’s, Hungry Horse, Beefeater (at Premier Inn hotels) have level, barrier-free...

Nashville, Tennessee: Wheelchair Travel Attractions

Nashville, Tennessee: Wheelchair Travel Attractions

Nashville, Tennessee, known as “Music City” consists of many different neighborhoods with lots to see, do and eat, especially if you want to see live music. Music is a central theme of the city no doubt,...

Paris, France: 10 Access Travel Tips

Paris, France: 10 Access Travel Tips

Our family traveled to Paris, France for the first time. We were there for only a couple of days but managed to see and experience a lot with the time we had. Getting around wasn't much trouble because Tyler's...

Maui, Hawaii: Wheelchair Accessible Guide to Paradise!

Maui, Hawaii: Wheelchair Accessible Guide to Paradise!

The Maui Island of Hawaii is THE place where it is 100% acceptable to wear those loud Hawaiian-printed shirts, flip-flops, gulp down Lava Flows, and live in your swimming trunks 24/7. It also boasts some of the best seafood, snorkeling, and weather in the world. It's...

Sicily Resort off the Coast of Italy

Sicily Resort off the Coast of Italy

This SICILY RESORT off the coast of Italy is ta 4-star European resort designed to provide a holiday that is barrier-free. Dedicated to those of you seeking pure relaxation and for those of you simply wanting to enjoy yourself on it's warm, golden, sandy beaches; from...

Australia Gold Coast Travel: Accessible Attractions

Australia Gold Coast Travel: Accessible Attractions

On the southeastern coast of Queensland, Australia is the beach city known as the Gold Coast and my home. This coastline of Australia is popular place to live because of the beautiful beaches but it is also a hot spot for tourists and accessible for those with access...

Los Angeles, CA Accessible Travel Attractions

Los Angeles, CA Accessible Travel Attractions

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...

3-Day Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia

3-Day Weekend in Atlanta, Georgia

At the end of our long Atlanta weekend I thought, “We didn’t stay long enough.” After three and a half days in Atlanta I realized there was still so much to see and do. This was my husband, Jamie, and I’s first trip to Atlanta. It was a gorgeous time of year to visit...

Japan: Accessible Travel Guide Overview

Japan: Accessible Travel Guide Overview

On my Japan wheelchair travel adventure, I spent most of my time in Tokyo, which is broken up into over a dozen distinct areas and is densely populated. For five full days and four nights I was also in Kyoto, plus one day spent in Nara. I wanted to go to Osaka but ran...

Oregon: Coastal Cottage Rental

Oregon: Coastal Cottage Rental

The Cottages at Cape Kiwanda are Oregon Coast’s most luxurious accommodations sitting atop Cape Kiwanda, the Southern most Cape along the historic three capes scenic loop. The accessible cottage overlooks an awe...

Montreal, Canada: Accessible Travel Guide

Montreal, Canada: Accessible Travel Guide

The city of Montreal in the Quebec Province is one of the most visited destinations in Canada with lots of friendly people. French is the most commonly spoken language here but nearly everyone also speaks English. Like many big cities, it is divided up into...

7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise (Disney Fantasy)

7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise (Disney Fantasy)

As you may have read in my articles, my wife and I are Disney nuts. Back in 2010 we took the plunge and became Disney Vacation Club members. As part of signing up, we received a special allotment of points...

Access at Stonehenge in the UK of Great Britain

Access at Stonehenge in the UK of Great Britain

I grew up with a father who LOVED watching Stonehenge documentaries, so when I went to England the first time, you better bet I drove the 3 hours from where we were staying (Dover) to see the mythical and mysterious site. While it didn't quiet reach the exuberantly...

CA Sonoma Wine Country in the Fall

CA Sonoma Wine Country in the Fall

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...

New Orleans Access: The French Quarter & Bourbon Street

New Orleans Access: The French Quarter & Bourbon Street

Let me start by saying that New Orleans is a great place to visit. Great food, people, places to see, and despite the age of the city, pretty easy to get around.New Orleans is FLAT so whether you use a manual or power wheelchair, or have a cane, you won't be going...

Pompeii, Naples Italy Archaeological Site Access

Pompeii, Naples Italy Archaeological Site Access

This article is based on a day trip to Pompeii we took from Naples in 2012.  We also went to Naples and Rome in 2014 and wrote articles about wheelchair access there; they can be found on the same website as this one. Because one’s capabilities, limitations and...

7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise (Disney Fantasy)

7-Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise (Disney Fantasy)

In my Adventures by Disney articles for Germany and 4 day Bahamian cruise, my wife and I are Disney nuts. Back in 2010 we took the plunge and became Disney Vacation Club members. As part of...

Rome, Italy: Complete Travel Guide

Rome, Italy: Complete Travel Guide

This article is based on our trips to Rome in May/June of 2014 and 2012 with our friends Chris McCloud and Jason Shuffler, respectively, and in 2009, 2006, 2005 and 2003.  Our previous articles about wheelchair access in Rome are Rolling in Rome 2012, Rolling in...

Saint Louis, Missouri: Breweries & Beer Access

Saint Louis, Missouri: Breweries & Beer Access

St. Louis has made a major impact on beer culture nationally and internationally. Most people hear St. Louis beer and think, Anheuser-Busch (now InBev A-B), makers of the Budweiser family of beer. The iconic...

New Jersey Beach Wheelchair Access

New Jersey Beach Wheelchair Access

Island Beach State Park is one accessible beach option in New Jersey, which has much more than just beaches. It is located on a barrier island along the Jersey shore in Ocean County, just south of Seaside Park (Exit 82 on the Garden State Parkway).  The park has...

Trip to Munich Bavaria, Germany

Trip to Munich Bavaria, Germany

Munich Bavaria is a beautiful wealthy first world town. Everything is thought out and of course “in ordnung” (in order). The city is very flat so you are never challenged by hilly terrain. There are sidewalk bike lanes and cars do not congest the inner city. Walking...

15 Wheelchair Friendly Attractions on Long Island, NY

15 Wheelchair Friendly Attractions on Long Island, NY

Long Island, New York is full of American history, so what historical attractions are wheelchair accessible? Here's what you can't miss: 1) Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center – If you’re looking for a...

Lake Powell, Utah Accessibility Travel Tips

Lake Powell, Utah Accessibility Travel Tips

Lake Powell is a one hundred and eighty mile-long man-made reservoir for the Colorado River that attracts millions every year. The majority of the lake stretches across Southern Utah but a small portion of the...

Travel in Germany: Accessibility and Barriers

Travel in Germany: Accessibility and Barriers

Germany has always been a country that I have always wanted see since I can remember. I have been a medieval fan for years, and anything to do with that period in time has always captured my attention. Needless...

Santa Cruz Beach Accessible Travel Guide

Santa Cruz Beach Accessible Travel Guide

The beach town of Santa Cruz, California is located 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 wheelchair accessible walkways along the beach,...

Las Vegas Wheelchair Travel Tips

Las Vegas Wheelchair Travel Tips

Las Vegas, Nevada is a sprawling metropolis in the middle of a desert wasteland. Native Americans originally occupied the land; next, Europeans began to farm the area. Gambling was going on a long time before it was officially made legal in 1931. By 1945, casinos were...

Connecticut Shoreline Vacation

Connecticut Shoreline Vacation

If you are looking for a relaxing, wheelchair-friendly weekend on the Connecticut shoreline then look no further than Mystic Seaport. Mystic is a classic family vacation spot, but it also makes a wonderful romantic weekend getaway for couples.  Just a short drive...

Tacoma, Washington with Power Wheelchairs

Tacoma, Washington with Power Wheelchairs

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...

Exotic Trip to Cozumel, Mexico to Scuba Dive

Exotic Trip to Cozumel, Mexico to Scuba Dive

As a world-class scuba diving destination, Cozumel, Mexico is an obvious travel destination for divers. However, with its breathtaking beaches, National Marine Park, and ancient history it offers something for anyone looking for a Caribbean vacation. In June, my...

5-Day Western Caribbean Cruise (Ruby Princess)

5-Day Western Caribbean Cruise (Ruby Princess)

I was itching to go on another cruise.  I narrowed my travel search down to two itineraries, a 5-night to either the Eastern Caribbean or Western Caribbean, both on the Ruby Princess, which I knew was...

Ashland, Oregon Travel with Power Wheelchairs

Ashland, Oregon Travel with Power Wheelchairs

Ashland, Oregon is stunningly beautiful. Nestled in a valley, the surrounding hills blanketed in green create a magical place. Home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland offers great food, friendly people,...

Toronto, Canada Accessible Travel Overview

Toronto, Canada Accessible Travel Overview

Toronto is a cosmopolitan centre offering culture, shopping, sports, and much to see and do when traveling with a wheelchair. It’s Canada's largest city, the Province of Ontario's capital, and the fourth-largest city in North America - and apparently, a place the...

Hoover Dam: Visiting + Accessibility

Hoover Dam: Visiting + Accessibility

  The creation of Hoover Dam, aimed to control the Colorado River, was a monumental engineering accomplishment that set precedent for future large construction projects. Half of the dam is in the state of Nevada and the other is in Arizona. Two clock towers can...

Trip to San Antonio, Texas

Trip to San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio Texas is a nice southern part of Texas, two hours from Corpus Christi and two hours from Austin, Texas.  While it is a historic city, a lot of the things that you may want to see are all in one generalized area so that makes moving around with a...

Chicago: Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

Chicago: Wheelchair Access Travel Tips

I spent three nights in Downtown Chicago. Every local I spoke to would proudly say, “there’s no place like Chicago in the summertime” and I was going to find out why. Upon arrival my body experienced a change of weather shock. The air was hot and humid. I certainly...

Flying with a Wheelchair

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