Travel Interests

What to do?

There is a lot to experience in this world from the viewpoint of a wheelchair.
We all have different interests, needs, desires, and things we are or not willing to put up with.
Reading about what other wheelchair travelers have done, discovering what is possible, may push you to
stretch your wings and experience more. Take that cross-country trip or cruise that you have been dreaming about.
Go hiking. Go skydiving. Go scuba diving. Get out there! If there is a will there is a way. Here’s how they did it…

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Not far from Death Valley National Park, on the boarder of Nevada, is the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge where visitors traveling to the area can find three wheelchair accessible hiking trails. The most popular of these trails is the Crystal Spring Boardwalk...

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A Natural Love of Nature

A Natural Love of Nature

Parks and the outdoors, in general, hold a very special place in my heart, which is a reason why I created the Access 2 Parks Project in 2015. All my travels have had a powerful nature element. Even in cities, I am exploring local parks and gardens. Robert Frost,...

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Chaco Culture National Park

Chaco Culture National Park

Deep in the heart of the American Southwest, in the beautiful state of New Mexico, wheelchair travelers are able to visit and explore Chaco Culture National Park. Between 850 and 1250 A.D, this canyon was a central hub to thousands of people in the southwest. The...

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Able Outdoors Podcast

Able Outdoors Podcast

  On December 23, 2021, Chad Waligura from Able Outdoors interviews Ashley Lyn Olson from wheelchairtraveling.com on his podcast about the world of wheelchair travel, the Access 2 Parks Project, her travel adventures to New Zealand in 2020, and all about her...

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Amicalola Falls State Park

Amicalola Falls State Park

  Amicolola Falls State Park is located in the state of Georgia in the USA. Northern Georgia has a ample amount of outdoor wildlife, particularly in the area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Rivers, streams, and even waterfalls are common in this part of...

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Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

Not far from the Hearst Castle and San Simeon State Park, and located in Cambria off the coast of Central California on Highway 1 is a lovely hiking area known as the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Two barrier-free trails are located here, and this video provides the...

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San Simeon State Park

San Simeon State Park

  Not far from the Hearst Castle in Central California off the coast near Cambria on Highway 1 is the San Simeon State Park. Wheelchair access has been created for visitors looking to explore. The Washburn day area is the main section of the park, where you will...

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Garrapata State Park

Garrapata State Park

In central California along the Pacific Coast Highway, and below Point Lobos State Park near Carmel-by-the-Sea, is the Garrapta State Park. Though not officially wheelchair accessible, there's a lovely trail that may still be worth it doing, and this video explores...

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Henry Cowell State Park

Henry Cowell State Park

In the Santa Cruz Mountains off the coast of Monterey Bay in California is the Henry Cowell State Park. This park stays cool with all the many redwood trees in the forest. The Henry Cowell Campgrounds has a few camping sites that have been made accessible. In addition...

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Año Nuevo State Park in California

Año Nuevo State Park in California

  Año Nuevo State Park is located off the coast of central California, near the Monterey Bay above Santa Cruz and below Half Moon Bay. This park is popular with tourists, and modifications have been made for visitors with wheelchairs. The video above shows what...

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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...

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The Access 2 Parks Project

The Access 2 Parks Project

  Finding and sharing access to parks was always an integral reason for creating wheelchairtraveling.com in 2006. Growing up camping...

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U.S. National Parks in the Fall

U.S. National Parks in the Fall

I love visiting our U.S. National Parks, even if it’s just a day-trip, and no matter how long I stay, it’s always hard to leave. Fall days are particularly lovely to visit parks as temperatures are nearly perfect. Sometimes, temperatures can be surprising warm during...

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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,...

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Texas: All Accessible Amusement Park

Texas: All Accessible Amusement Park

Morgan's Wonderland is now open! Located in San Antonio, Texas this amusement theme park is accessible to everyone because inclusion matters. Instead of building a park and then making accommodations for individuals with special needs, the Morgan’s Wonderland team...

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Hendy Woods: California State Park

Hendy Woods: California State Park

A little more than a hour off the California coast near Mendocino is the Hendy Woods California State Park. This a gorgeous park set under a grove of redwoods. A day-use fee is required to enter the park to hike the trails, unless you have a reservation to stay...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Mount Shasta: Shasta-Trinity + Klamath National Forest

Mount Shasta: Shasta-Trinity + Klamath National Forest

I’ve been visiting the Mount Shasta Area of Shasta-Trinity and Klamath National Forest my whole life, even before I became paralyzed and started wheelchair traveling. The Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Klamath National Forest are some of Northern California’s...

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The Inn at Lake Shasta

The Inn at Lake Shasta

The Inn at Shasta Lake is a contemporary, luxury bed and breakfast near Shasta Lake in the Trinity Forest of Northern California. Tucked on a hill among trees, this beautiful b&b is on a private property, an...

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The LOGE at Mt. Shasta

The LOGE at Mt. Shasta

The LOGE is located on the edge of Mt. Shasta City with close access to the freeway. This property has traditional rooms as well as camping spots. To check-in, head to the large patio space where the firepit is...

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General Wheelchair Hiking Tips

General Wheelchair Hiking Tips

Did you know that 61 million people in the United States have a disability? Of these 61 million people, roughly 13.7% of people report having serious mobility issues regarding walking or climbing stairs. However, you can still enjoy the great outdoors! When you have a...

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Overview: Yosemite National Park

Overview: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains of California is one of the most popular attractions in the world and with so many accessible options for travelers, it is a destination everyone should visit. It is a place of beauty, history and outdoor...

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New Zealand Travel Overview

New Zealand Travel Overview

When planning a trip, explore both the New Zealand North Island and the New Zealand South Island. The North Island is significantly smaller and is home to about 75% of the Kiwi population. The North Island is enriched with volcanic activity and filled cosmopolitan...

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Russian River Glamping Cabin

Russian River Glamping Cabin

AutoCamp Russian River is located in the small downtown of Guerneville in the Somona Wine Country of California, and is affiliated with AutoCamp Yosemite in the Sierras. A few miles from the AutoCamp Russian...

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South Island: New Zealand Travel Tips

South Island: New Zealand Travel Tips

  The New Zealand South Island is filled with parks and natural beauty.It is far less populated than the New Zealand North Islandwith many outdoor attractions and activities.Several regions make up the South Island andreaching them takes time however you may...

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New Zealand Adventure Story

New Zealand Adventure Story

 Overwhelmed by New Zealand; the beauty, the grandeur, the force, and its rejuvenation. I am overwhelmed by the souls I connected with and what I have accomplished on this solo journey. I am undeniably different, yet the same. When I go to parks, I never want to...

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Death Valley National Park + Wheelchair Access

Death Valley National Park + Wheelchair Access

Death Valley National Park is located in Southern California on the boarder of Nevada. This video is a great overview on what to expect and where to go if you are traveling with a wheelchair or have limited mobility.  The three easiest and most accessible trails...

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Elk Grove, CA: Laguna Creek Area Trails

Elk Grove, CA: Laguna Creek Area Trails

Just outside Sacramento, in the town of Elk Grove, California, almost all of the paths are wheelchair accessible. The Laguna Creek area in Elk Grove is known for its retail centers, but there’s more to the Laguna Creek than just shopping. Along much of Laguna Creek...

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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...

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5 Best Accessible Trails @ U.S. National Parks

5 Best Accessible Trails @ U.S. National Parks

Everyone knows that the U.S. National Parks are wonderful to visit and there are plenty of breathtaking scenic drives that are must-dos in each park.  However, to really experience the parks, you have to get outside and enjoy the environment on one of the trails...

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Glaming @ AutoCamp

Glaming @ AutoCamp

As a travel writer who loves the outdoors, glamping — “glamor camping” — has become one of my favorite ways to immerse myself in nature. Glamping gets me closer to nature without having to bring all the extra stuff camping requires, like towels, utensils, a stove,...

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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...

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Story: New Zealand Revelation

Story: New Zealand Revelation

  “Yep, I’m alive. Check. Not bleeding. Check. Nothing seems to be broken. Check. I’m fine,” I said to myself.  I look to my left and see...

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Coyote Creek Parkway: Santa Clara County, CA

Coyote Creek Parkway: Santa Clara County, CA

The name Coyote Creek Parkway is managed by the Santa Clara County in Central California near Santa Cruz. Coyote Creek Parkway is rightly named as there are coyotes, along with deer, wild turkeys, rabbits,...

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Sycamore Grove Park: Livermore, CA

Sycamore Grove Park: Livermore, CA

Sycamore Grove Park is nestled in the Livermore Wine Country, located in the East Bay of San Francisco. The park is known for the sycamore trees, but oak and walnut trees are around the same age. Birdwatching is...

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Dawsonville, Georgia: Amicalola River Trail

Dawsonville, Georgia: Amicalola River Trail

The Amicalola River Trail in Dawsonville, Georgia is the way to get to the river. Most people come to the river to do tubing, kayaking, or fishing. The Amicola River Trail is a beautiful well-kept boardwalk...

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Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia

The cultural and historic significance of Manassas Battlefield National Park in Virginia are primary interpretive themes and all interpretive media in the park focus upon these stories. However, the park is...

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Cumming, Georgia: Poole’s Mill Bridge Park

Cumming, Georgia: Poole’s Mill Bridge Park

At the Poole's Mill Bridge Park in Cumming, Georgia you can see the beautiful covered bridge and soak in the water.  People come from all over during the summer time to wad in the water and go down the rock...

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About Access 2 Parks

About Access 2 Parks

Introduction Parks in the United States have the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) to guide them on creating an outdoor recreational experience that can be enjoyed by all. As John Muir said, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in...

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Things to Do + See: Why Visit?

Things to Do + See: Why Visit?

A. Hiking Trails + Paths: Getting into Nature Any hiker needs to know details about the trail being used, primarily distance and degree of difficulty. Other details like trail makeup, width, slope, cross-slope, resting pads, benches, and potential barriers provide a...

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Basic Park Features

Basic Park Features

A. Visitor/Nature Centers + Museums These kinds of buildings are perceived as the go-to point for help and information for all visitors. In terms of accessibility, the most up-to-date park features are expected here, especially modern-sized parking and bathrooms. Tell...

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Public Education + Information

Public Education + Information

Signage with accessible features please! A picture is worth a thousand words, and if it’s a picture of an accessible feature, it’s like a flag waving on a landmark, helping people find what they are looking for. Such signs are seen on websites, while driving on...

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West Point Inn Cabins on Mt. Tamalpais

West Point Inn Cabins on Mt. Tamalpais

The West Point Inn is nestled on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California, not far from Muir Woods and Stinson Beach. It’s a historical property that has been catering to tourists for decades. Getting here is the biggest challenge. For people who do not...

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Mariposa Grove @ Yosemite NP

Mariposa Grove @ Yosemite NP

 In the high Sierra Mountains of Yosemite National Park is Mariposa Grove. This area is one of many outdoor attractions found in Yosemite National Park that is accessible. Stroll under some of the tallest redwoods in California, chase butterflies and breathe in the...

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Hetch Hetchy Access at Yosemite

Hetch Hetchy Access at Yosemite

Hetch Hetchy is a lesser known attraction in Yosemite National Park. This video explores what wheelchair access is like at Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite NP. Thinking of traveling to Yosemite with a wheelchair? These tips will help you prepare for your trip. 

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