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…

Hammond Trail Access: Arcata-McKinleyville, CA

Hammond Trail Access: Arcata-McKinleyville, CA

The Hammond Trail is a popular hiking/biking/equestrian trail that winds past open fields, woods, and residential areas for more than five miles, from the Mad River Bridge in Arcata north to Clam Beach County Park in McKinleyville. You'll enjoy panoramic views of the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Eureka, CA: Patrick’s Point State Park Access

Eureka, CA: Patrick’s Point State Park Access

Thirty miles north of Eureka, in the heart of redwood country, Patrick's Point State Park juts into the Pacific Ocean on a 640-acre headland with forests of spruce, pine, fir, hemlock, and alder interspersed with meadows. Although this coast is often shrouded in fog,...

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Access @ Trees of Mystery in Northern California

Access @ Trees of Mystery in Northern California

Driving along scenic Highway 101, it's a little startling to come upon the Trees of Mystery, a commercial roadside attraction with a 49-foot-tall statue of Paul Bunyan and his 35-foot high companion, Babe the Blue Ox, towering over its entrance. The 120-acre private...

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Crescent City, CA: Beach Front Park Access

Crescent City, CA: Beach Front Park Access

Beach Front Park comprises 10 city blocks of grassy sports fields, picnic areas with unobstructed views of the harbor, a beach, a half-mile shoreline trail, and B Street Pier, a 900-foot-long accessible fishing pier (railings are 42" high). The Fred Endert indoor...

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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...

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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...

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Egypt: Accessible Adapted Scuba Diving

Egypt: Accessible Adapted Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is the best way to experience the underwater world. Someone who is a paraplegic or uses a wheelchair can now feel the sense of weightlessness and complete freedom of movement under water. Scuba diving gives people with disabilities an opportunity to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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Iceland: Accessible Travel Tips

Iceland: Accessible Travel Tips

When arriving at the Keflavik Airport (about 50 km or 31 mi from Reykjavik) the surroundings may seem like you have landed on the moon; melted lava, hot springs and rocks as sharp as blades. It doesn’t take you...

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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. ...

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Arizona: Bear Canyon Woods Lake Access

Arizona: Bear Canyon Woods Lake Access

When it gets hot in Phoenix, Arizona everyone looks for quick getaways to escape the heat. Last week (April 2012) when temperatures approached 100 my girlfriend and I grabbed our prepack bag (always ready to go) and headed north in search of some relieve. We drove...

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Sail the Sea: Ocean Adventures

Sail the Sea: Ocean Adventures

Have you ever felt like being in a wheelchair was limiting your choice of holidays? Have you ever wanted to throw yourself in to a life changing adventure but were worried about the limitations you may encounter? Perhaps you’re anxious that you might not fit in? Fear...

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The Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and Overlooks

The Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and Overlooks

Everyone who visits San Francisco wants to see the Golden Gate Bridge, for the same reason that local residents are drawn to it again and again: the graceful Art Deco span is simply lovely against its dramatic backdrop of steep bluffs and the waters of the Golden Gate...

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Access Criteria for Parks + Trails

Access Criteria for Parks + Trails

The following is the criteria for looking at accessibility in parks. The categories are not based on any access codes or technical assessments; rather, they were developed for the purpose of this website and are therefore somewhat subjective. Measurements were not...

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Shollenberger Park Trail by the Petaluma River in CA

Shollenberger Park Trail by the Petaluma River in CA

Tucked inside an industrial park on the banks of the Petaluma River is Shollenberger Park, a wetland teeming with wildlife and native plants. It is contiguous with Ellis Creek to the south and Alman Marsh to its north, encompassing some 500-acres of Petaluma Wetlands...

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Roswell, Georgia: Sweet Apple Park

Roswell, Georgia: Sweet Apple Park

People come to Sweet Apple Park in Roswell, Georgia to exercise on the path that travels all around the school. There’s also lots of playgrounds for the kids on the side away from the school. The trail at...

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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....

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A Look @ Tasmania for Wheelchair Travelers

A Look @ Tasmania for Wheelchair Travelers

With its distinction as the world’s most rugged island, Tasmania is not exactly the place you would put first on the list of accessible travel destinations. Handicapped travellers of the world might shy away from Australia’s southernmost region, mainly because of...

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California Coast: MacKerricher State Park

California Coast: MacKerricher State Park

Sprawling MacKerricher State Park, one of the more accessible parks in Mendocino County, has more than 2,000 acres of dunes, coastal prairie, headlands, a tidal lagoon, pocket beaches, and trails. At its southern end, in Fort Bragg, a wide coastal prairie terminates...

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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...

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California Coast: Van Damme State Park

California Coast: Van Damme State Park

Three miles south of Mendocino, 2,000-acre Van Damme State Park has a variety of habitats: marine, coastal bluff terraces, and pygmy, redwood, and riparian forests. Coast Highway One divides the park; west of the highway is a small, sheltered, sandy beach, one of the...

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Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park in CA

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park in CA

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park sits on a headland that juts dramatically into the ocean on the coast of California; pounding waves have cut channels to the north and south, almost rendering it an island. The park covers 270 acres of coastal bluffs...

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Access @ Doran Regional Park in Bodega Bay

Access @ Doran Regional Park in Bodega Bay

Doran Regional Park in Bodega Bay is situated on a broad, sandy 120-acre spit that forms the northern border of the bay and the southern border of Bodega Harbor. On summer weekends, inland residents flock here seeking the cooler temperatures typically found along this...

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Seattle Outdoors for All Foundation

Seattle Outdoors for All Foundation

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...

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on the CA Coast

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on the CA Coast

The 47-acre Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, on a marine terrace two miles south of Fort Bragg, offers a pleasant opportunity to get acquainted with native plants of the region, as well as with some exotics. Paths take you through a coastal pine forest and groves of...

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California, Bodega Bay Head Trail Access

California, Bodega Bay Head Trail Access

Bodega Head forms the tip of a peninsula that extends south of the Bodega dunes and protects Bodega Harbor from the pounding ocean waves. It’s four miles long and one mile wide, and is geologically related to Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands. Bodega Head lies on...

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California Sonoma Coast State Park Accessibility

California Sonoma Coast State Park Accessibility

Sonoma Coast State Park is not a single site but rather a collection of beaches, campgrounds, bluffs, crags, and headlands that stretches for 17 miles along the rugged Sonoma Coast from Bodega Head north to the Vista Trail, just beyond Jenner. Much of...

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Monterey, CA: Scenic Coastal Trail Access

Monterey, CA: Scenic Coastal Trail Access

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail is a link in the 1,200-mile Coastal Trail that is planned to run the length of California. This section traverses some 18 miles of coastal beauty (there are some inland portions) from Castroville south to Pacific Grove’s Lovers...

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Share Adventures in Santa Cruz

Share Adventures in Santa Cruz

Founded on the belief that recreation, fun, challenge and access to the outdoors are an essential part of a healthy and fulfilling life, Shared Adventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living with disabilities in...

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Calaveras Big Trees in the Sierras Mountains of CA

Calaveras Big Trees in the Sierras Mountains of CA

Calaveras Big Tress had been ordered to be preserved in 1904 by President Roosevelt, stating this area was "not only a Californian, but a national inheritance." Later in 1931 it became a state park. Today it offers wheelchair friendly accommodations, including camp...

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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in Martinez, California is one of America’s least visited historical sites, but it shouldn’t be. The details of what happened in Port Chicago are a little bit of a mystery, and the aftermath is an astonishing piece of...

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California Coast: Fort Ross State Historical Park

California Coast: Fort Ross State Historical Park

Fort Ross, the southernmost Russian outpost in North America, stands on a high ocean bluff, with a calm sheltered cove below. The settlement was established in 1812 by explorers and fur traders of the Russian-American Company who came to hunt sea otters and seals. The...

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California Coast: Vista Trail Access

California Coast: Vista Trail Access

This small turnout along Highway One, known as the Vista Trail, is a great place to stop for a picnic and a short hike along a loop trail that has spectacular views of the ocean and offshore rocks—if it’s not completely fogged in. (If so, try visiting later in the...

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San Francisco: Lands End & Sutro Baths Trail Access

San Francisco: Lands End & Sutro Baths Trail Access

At San Francisco's northwestern tip is a forested, windswept park perched on steep bluffs overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean shorelines, are the Sutro Baths and Lands End Trail. On a clear day, its sweeping views take in the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin...

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Oakland, California: Temescal Regional Recreation Area

Oakland, California: Temescal Regional Recreation Area

Tucked between the intersection of Highways 24 and 13 in Oakland, you'll find Temescal Regional Recreation Area, one of East Bay Regional Park's first parks. Don't let its proximity to these freeways deter you from a visit for it offers a convenient way to swim at the...

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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...

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CA, Bodega Bay: Bird Walk Trail

CA, Bodega Bay: Bird Walk Trail

Bird Walk is a mile-long loop trail through a revitalized 14-acre saltwater marsh at the mouth of Cheney Creek, where it empties into Bodega Harbor. This is one of Sonoma County’s prime spots for birdwatching; here and in the neighboring dune ponds, mudflats,...

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