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…

Fly a Glider Plane with Hand-Controls

Fly a Glider Plane with Hand-Controls

Along the San Gabriel Mountains in the Mojave Desert of Southern California has nearly perfect conditions for flying a glider plane, explains Dale of Southern California Soaring Academy, and that is why he choose...

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Havana, Cuba Travel Adventure

Havana, Cuba Travel Adventure

While there are still restrictions to go anywhere in Cuba, even Havana, it is easier to get there than it has been in the past.  Several cruise lines go there from Miami and other ports, and you can also...

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Accessible Hot Air Balloon Ride in Southern CA

Accessible Hot Air Balloon Ride in Southern CA

The stars were still out when I awoke. I was still half asleep as I got my things together in a zombie like fashion and then headed to the Southcoast Winery in Temecula to meet Pat, Carol and the rest of the crew from Reach for the Stars Hot Air Balloon Foundation....

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Headwaters Forest Reserve by Eureka, CA

Headwaters Forest Reserve by Eureka, CA

Once the setting for a thriving mill town of 400 people, the Headwaters Forest Reserve is now inhabited only by wildlife and fish. The 7,472-acre property was purchased by the Department of the Interior in 1999 to conserve and study the land and its inhabitants and to...

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The Perfect Wheelchair Accessible Campsite

The Perfect Wheelchair Accessible Campsite

The ADA hasn’t set any guidelines for accessible campsites however it has been proposed so hopefully this is something we will see in the future. The National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University has a good article with some of the proposals. Many older...

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Southern California Wine Country Access

Southern California Wine Country Access

Temecula is Southern California’s Wine Country and is conveniently located about an hour and half away from Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Palm Desert, and San Diego, which makes it a nice get-a-way for many people living in these areas. This wine country region is...

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GoAfrica Safaris Tour

GoAfrica Safaris Tour

Together we at GoAfrica Safaris have over 30 years experience in tourism and hospitality industry. It has been a long time dream for us to create opportunities for travelers with a disability to enjoy the beauty and diversity of this part of the world– our home....

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Beach Wheelchairs in San Diego, California

Beach Wheelchairs in San Diego, California

San Diego, California has some of the best beach access in the world. Many beaches in San Diego have beach wheelchairs available for loan or rent. Many of these beach wheelchairs are free of charge and are manual (someone else has to push you), but it's not the only...

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Indian Grinding Rock CA State Historic Park

Indian Grinding Rock CA State Historic Park

The Indian Grinding Rock is located just east of Jackson, CA, which is about 3 hours east of San Francisco, in the foothills in the Sierras Mountains. This California State Park has a lot to offer for access. The museum and visitor center is where you will find all...

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Anza-Borrego Desert in Southern California

Anza-Borrego Desert in Southern California

Covering 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. It protects a vast desert wilderness of sparse, rocky terrain in the southern part of the state that is known for its unique geology. Six million years ago the Gulf of...

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Crissy Field and Fort Point in San Francisco

Crissy Field and Fort Point in San Francisco

Crissy Field with Fort Point tucked below the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is a scenic spot and delight for strollers, joggers, windsurfers, bicyclists, dog walkers, and people looking to spot birds...

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Rough Terrain in a Wheelchair

Rough Terrain in a Wheelchair

Standard wheelchairs are meant to aid disabled individuals in the most basic of everyday tasks. They can easily and quickly topple in rocky roads, just like they would get stuck in sand or in some cases even wet dirt....

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Touring on the Napa Valley Train with a Wheelchair

Touring on the Napa Valley Train with a Wheelchair

  Riding the Napa Valley Wine Train is a unique way to get a brief overview of this famous wine country region while enjoying a multiple-course gourmet meal with wine.   The Train Ride The entire journey is 3 hours long (36 miles) and begins at the station...

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Joshua Tree National Park Access Guide

Joshua Tree National Park Access Guide

  Joshua Tree National Park, 794,000 acres of desert wilderness – where the Mojave and Colorado Deserts merge in California near Palm Springs and Palm Desert. In this section of the world, relentless sun...

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CA Coast: Malibu Travel Tips on Attractions

CA Coast: Malibu Travel Tips on Attractions

The Pacific Coast Highway 1 (PCH) is a famous area of Malibu known for it's stretch of ocean views. Right on the the beach along PCH  is the Beverly Hills Beach Club, made famous by the television show 90210 in the 1990s. Surfers and even dolphins and other...

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Santa Barbara, CA Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users

Santa Barbara, CA Travel Guide for Wheelchair Users

Santa Barbara is considered to be a part of California’s Central Coast and is not only a beach town but a college one with a little bit of history. With a kick of new age philosophy and a high-end flare, it is no wonder why some celebrities have homes here. It is also...

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Accessible Italy? Yes we can!

Accessible Italy? Yes we can!

Italy is famous to be an ancient and rich country, full of history and masterpieces of art. But have you ever wondered how difficult is rolling on cobblestones dated back to 13th century? Or be sure that this amazing room in an old Renaissance Palace is 100%...

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Paris, France Accessible Tips and Attractions

Paris, France Accessible Tips and Attractions

Paris is the capital city of France and its biggest town but it is also the world’s number one tourist destination. Paris offers a wide range of tourist attractions, probably the largest in Europe: besides many...

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Glasgow, Scotland: Accessible Travel Tips

Glasgow, Scotland: Accessible Travel Tips

Glasgow is not Scotland's Capital City but it is its largest and most cosmopolitan city which provides the traveller with a vivid contrast to the stunning historical townscape of its near neighbor, Edinburgh - a mere 40 miles away. Prior to the European City of...

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Long Beach, California: Accessible Travel Tips

Long Beach, California: Accessible Travel Tips

Long beach is about 40 miles south of Los Angeles. Long Beach is almost a child of L.A. with a much better location along the beach. From various hotels and skyscrapers in Long Beach, one can see downtown L.A. as long as the pollution level is moderately low. L.A....

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is regarded as one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, and rightfully so. Over centuries the mighty Colorado River has stretched this grand dessert landscape across...

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Adaptive Outdoor Activities in Austria for the Disabled

Adaptive Outdoor Activities in Austria for the Disabled

Behind the name Freizeit-PSO stands "Freizeit Para Special Outdoor Sports" because we want to approach people that are physically and mentally handicapped with our outdoor activities. We, as a public charity have an aim: Integrating all different kinds of people into...

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Travel New Zealand by Wheelchair

Travel New Zealand by Wheelchair

New Zealand is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. New Zealand society is laid-back, diverse, sophisticated, and...

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Tour Bus Whistler, British Columbia is Accessible

Tour Bus Whistler, British Columbia is Accessible

At 8am the West Coast Sightseeing Tour Bus arrived at the hotel. The back of the bus had a lift to transport people in wheelchairs inside. Only one wheelchair per tour is able to participate because there is only one set of locking mechanisms. Once the driver secured...

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Go-Karts with Hand-Controls

Go-Karts with Hand-Controls

Experience real head-to-head racing at Pole Position Raceway and discover why indoor karting is the fastest-growing sport in the United States. If you think this is kids play...well, think again! Our high-performance European karts are capable of 45 mph, and that...

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Interview: Disabled Hunter and Outdoorsman

Interview: Disabled Hunter and Outdoorsman

Chad is a hunter and outdoor journalist who has always had a great love for adventure. He knows his boundaries but doesn’t let it stop him from being who he is. Recently, wheelchairtraveling.com was able to interview him on his experiences and his personal website,...

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4-Day Bahamas Cruise (Disney Wonder)

4-Day Bahamas Cruise (Disney Wonder)

My wife and I never thought we would be cruisers. In our minds we always pictured older people on a boat playing shuffle board and eating at a buffet, or playing slots in the onboard casino. In...

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Redwood Hiking Trails in Northern California

Redwood Hiking Trails in Northern California

Think of Northern California and think of redwood trees, the largest trees in the world. Even in the San Francisco Bay Area there are a plethora of wheelchair accessible hiking trails. The most famous is Muir Woods National Monument, located just outside of San...

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Cruise: Be Your Own Advocate!

Cruise: Be Your Own Advocate!

Cruising is a great way to travel and see the world and that's also true for many people with disabilities,  but only if you’re willing to actively advocate for yourself, plan carefully and accept some compromises. A little background: I’m a veteran cruiser who...

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California State Park: Samual P. Taylor

California State Park: Samual P. Taylor

The Marin County in the Bay Area will allow you to explore the one of California's natural treasures, the redwoods. Nestled in the rolling hills, Samuel P. Taylor State Park is filled with woodlands and a few open grass meadows.  Wildlife includes trees like oak,...

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Bothin Marsh & Sausalito-Mill Valley Path in NorCal

Bothin Marsh & Sausalito-Mill Valley Path in NorCal

A wide, level asphalt section of the Bay Trail known as the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path, popular with cyclists, runners, and rollerbladers, follows the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad route from Sausalito to Mill Valley. Along the way it crosses Bothin Marsh Open...

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Cumming, Georgia: Windemere Park

Cumming, Georgia: Windemere Park

Windemere Park in Cumming, Georgia is a good park, but I feel they could’ve made the path better for the trail. The main reason people come to Windemere Park is to play community soccer and also to exercise...

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Disney World and the Campgrounds

Disney World and the Campgrounds

Disney World is wonderfully accessible. It’s possible to wheel right onto a large percentage of the rides and seating for the shows is usually very good. Disney has accessibility guides that can be downloaded.  Paper copies can be obtained at the park.  Each...

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Barcelona, Spain Wheelchair Tips

Barcelona, Spain Wheelchair Tips

Barcelona, Spain has long been seen as a wheelchair friendly travel destination. So how wheelchair and scooter friendly is Barcelona? The answer is that there is more good than bad. Streets and Sidewalks On the plus side are the chair friendly street surfaces...

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Venice, Italy: Wheelchair Travel Tips

Venice, Italy: Wheelchair Travel Tips

Handicapped, wheelchair accessible travel to Venice, Italy is about so much more than just finding a hotel.  Many disabled tourists only see a very small percentage of Venice because they’re not aware of everything that they can do.  To make the most of your...

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The Great Outdoors for Wheelchairs in the UK

The Great Outdoors for Wheelchairs in the UK

A trip to the United Kingdom is probably incomplete without enjoying some of the wonderful unspoilt landscapes, and there is nowhere finer than North Devon to enjoy outstanding scenery. Calvert Trust Exmoor sits on the border of Exmoor National Park, near both...

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California Coast: Pomo Bluffs in Fort Bragg

California Coast: Pomo Bluffs in Fort Bragg

Pomo Bluffs Park is a 25-acre blufftop park at Todds Point, on the south side of Noyo Bay/Noyo Harbor inlet in Fort Bragg. People come here to stroll a level trail that provides unobstructed views of the ocean and mouth of the Noyo River and the harbor entrance, with...

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CA State Park: Grover Hot Springs, Sierras

CA State Park: Grover Hot Springs, Sierras

The centerpiece of the Grover Hot Springs State Park in California is the mineral hot springs, enjoyed because the mineral sulfur is minimal. Two concrete pools, one hot and one cold, are both equipped with lifts for disabled access. At an altitude of 6000- feet, even...

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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...

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Baker Beach: San Francisco, California

Baker Beach: San Francisco, California

At the northern tip of San Francisco's Presidio, Baker Beach offers spectacular views from outside the Golden Gate. Beach wheelchairs are available if you reserve in advance and can transport one here from Fort Mason. An accessible bench sits in the northwest...

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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Southern California

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve in Southern California

The Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is a 31,000 acre preserve in the Little San Bernardino Mountains that protects one of the largest riparian areas in California and is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. The upper half of Big Morongo Canyon begins in the Mojave...

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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...

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Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA

Ocean Beach in San Francisco, CA

Often windswept, foggy and cold, San Francisco's main beach is nonetheless a respite from the bustle along much of the city's eastern waterfront. Ocean Beach is typically sparsely visited, though a warm weekend or special event can attract a crowd. When it's not...

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Sonoma Wine Country Accessible Travel Tips

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...

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USA and Canada Accessible Snow Skiing

USA and Canada Accessible Snow Skiing

The following is a growing list of adapted snow skiing companies in both the United States and Canada that make this enjoyable winter activity accessible. Please add a company not listed by writing a comment in...

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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...

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Oakland, California: Redwood Regional Park

Oakland, California: Redwood Regional Park

The Redwood Regional Park is an extraordinarily lovely park, located a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland, has several entrances. Once the site of extensive logging, this thickly wooded canyon is a pale shadow of what it was in the days of the Ohlone....

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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...

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