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…

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...

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Lake Chapala, Mexico 2011 Access Review

Lake Chapala, Mexico 2011 Access Review

This trip was to Chapala, Mexico. It's a small town located about 45 minutes drive from the Airport in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. About 1 hours drive from the city itself. Before arriving at the Airport there is a wheelchair transport company that you can make...

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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...

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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...

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CA Coast, Jenner: Wrights Beach Access

CA Coast, Jenner: Wrights Beach Access

Wrights Beach with its low bluffs isn’t as dramatic as the coastline farther north, but it is pretty. A campground with three accessible sites is nestled against the bluffs, partially sheltered by trees and shrubs. Dogs are allowed on the beach here (on leash), and on...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Alcatraz National Park: Wheelchair Access

Alcatraz National Park: Wheelchair Access

One of the most historical landmarks in San Francisco is the former federal state prison Alcatraz Island (“the rock”). From the mid-1930's to 1960's, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security federal prisons. Today, Alcatraz National Park is accessed by all. This...

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CA, SF South Bay: Filoli Gardens Accessibility

CA, SF South Bay: Filoli Gardens Accessibility

Thirty minutes from San Francisco in the South Bay in Woodside, CA is a historical piece of land known as Filoli Gardens. Construction of the 654 acres was originally developed for a gold mining billionaire, William Bowers Bourn, and his family in 1915 however both...

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Barbados in the Caribbean: Accessible Review

Barbados in the Caribbean: Accessible Review

Barbados has a physical challenge. We’ll call it, “Location, location, location.” It is unique among the Caribbean Islands as a limestone and coral monument arising from the sea floor. Rocky bastion against all the Atlantic can throw against it on the Eastern coast it...

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CA, SF East Bay: Chabot Regional Park

CA, SF East Bay: Chabot Regional Park

If you find yourself in East Bay near Castro Valley and looking to spend some outdoors then think about exploring Chabot Regional Park. Accessible parking is available for $5.00. A large recreation area for picnics, water craft rentals, and a coffee shop are all...

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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...

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Virginia: Bear Creek Lake State Park

Virginia: Bear Creek Lake State Park

Bear Creek Lake State Park is one of 40 parks in the Virginia state park system.  It is located in Cumberland, VA which is approximately an hour southwest of Richmond, VA. The park is located on 325 acres and the main attraction is a 40 acre recreation lake. The...

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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. ...

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Vision Impaired Biking Tour in New Zealand

Vision Impaired Biking Tour in New Zealand

Aoteaoroa / New Zealand was the chosen location for a tandem biking adventure for a group of three blind and vision impaired friends.  And what an adventure it was too. Covering over 300 km from the South Island’s Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean over a...

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CA, Monterey: Seacliff State Beach Access

CA, Monterey: Seacliff State Beach Access

Seacliff State Beach stretches for nearly a mile along the northern end of Monterey Bay in the town of Aptos, connecting to New Brighton State Beach to the north. People come here to swim, picnic, visit the interpretive center, and fish off the accessible pier. From...

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California Coast: Carmel River State Beach

California Coast: Carmel River State Beach

Carmel River State Beach in the Monterey Bay Area of California offers fine views of Carmel and Point Lobos State Park, and Monastery Beach (also called San Jose Creek Beach), at its southern end, is a popular diving spot. The beaches themselves are not accessible...

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IDENTIFYING & TREATING THE SYMPTOMS OF POISON IVY

Poison ivy is a toxic plant that is commonly, but not exclusively, found through most continental areas of the United States. It tends to grow in totally wild areas but is also found in places which have seen human disturbance, such as road sides, sidewalks and trails...

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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....

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California Coast: Stinson Beach Access

California Coast: Stinson Beach Access

Stinson Beach and its 3.5 miles of sandy oceanfront are very popular during summer. Part of the beach is maintained by the National Park Service, which provides volleyball equipment free of charge, runs a snack bar (open in summer) through a concessionaire, and staffs...

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CA: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park

CA: Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park

Within this 2,315-acre Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, the largest on the northeast bay shore, you'll find a variety of habitats; meadows, marshlands, rocky beaches, while views of Mt.Tamalpais, the Marin shoreline, and San Pablo and San Francisco Bay stretch...

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California Coast: Fort Humboldt

California Coast: Fort Humboldt

Fort Humboldt in Northern California is a remnant of a U.S. Army outpost established in 1853 to protect settlers from Native American tribes. The one remaining original building, once a hospital, was moved to the current blufftop site, renovated, and is now a...

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CA, Marin County: Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

CA, Marin County: Las Gallinas Wildlife Ponds

Just north of the Marin County Civic Center, bordering McInnis Park on San Pablo Bay, four miles of hard-packed levee trails wind around more than 350 acres of fresh and saltwater marsh, irrigated pasture, and ponds. Don't be discouraged if you detect a smell of...

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CA State Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods

CA State Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, 45 miles north of Eureka in the heart of redwood country, is a unit of Redwood National and State Parks and is designated as a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. It encompasses over 14,000 acres of forest,...

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CA, SF Bay Area: Alameda Creek Trail Access

CA, SF Bay Area: Alameda Creek Trail Access

In the California Bay Area, is a paved 12-mile trail along Alameda Creek from Niles Canyon to the bay attracts bicyclists, skaters, runners, and equestrians called the Alameda Creek Trail.  This trail will take you west a couple of miles out into the salt...

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Easy Access Travel

Easy Access Travel

Dedicated to meeting the needs of disabled and mature travelers. Easy Access Travel provides clients with the necessary information to make their trip enjoyable and rewarding by trying to eliminate “surprises” of the situations they may encounter.

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Northern California Coast Attractions

Northern California Coast Attractions

The rocky shores of the Northern California Coast offer countless views to relax in nature. 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 simplicity...

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CA, Bay Area: Pillar Point Harbor Accessible Trail

CA, Bay Area: Pillar Point Harbor Accessible Trail

Approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco, in the small town of Princeton, Pillar Point Harbor is a home port for commercial and sport fishing boats and a take-off point for whale watching, scuba diving, and kayaking in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine...

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Carnival Cruises Accessible Features

Carnival Cruises Accessible Features

Cruising is one of the most popular ways for people to travel when on vacation. Carnival Ships feature accessible elevators at each elevator bank with tactile controls within reach of guests who use wheelchairs and audible signals for guest who are blind or with low...

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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...

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Berkeley, California Travel Tips

Berkeley, California Travel Tips

Berkeley is more liberal than its neighbor San Francisco across the bay that can be reached by ferry, BART, or driving over the Bay Bridge. It is home to many disabled residents, particularly those that use wheelchairs. Getting around by bus in Berkeley is affordable...

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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...

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California Coast: Arcata Marshland Trails Access

California Coast: Arcata Marshland Trails Access

Arcata Marshland is 307-acres at the edge of Humboldt Bay and is an early and much-admired example of environmental restoration by design for both human and wildlife uses. It is a wildlife sanctuary, a haven for more than 250 species of birds, and also a...

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CA, SF East Bay: San Lorenzo Park & River Trail

CA, SF East Bay: San Lorenzo Park & River Trail

This small urban park on the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz has a duck pond, accessible playground, and large lawns. Many fairs and festivals are held here, and on Saturdays there’s a farmers market. Downtown shops and restaurants are only a few blocks away. The San...

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Neary Lagoon Trail in Santa Cruz, California

Neary Lagoon Trail in Santa Cruz, California

Neary Lagoon peaceful freshwater marsh lies within a 44-acre park tucked between a wastewater treatment plant and a residential neighborhood in the city of Santa Cruz. The 14-acre marsh includes a lagoon, which you can cross on a floating boardwalk, while enjoying...

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Caribbean Cruise (Carnival Breeze)

Caribbean Cruise (Carnival Breeze)

Our cruise in January 2015 to the Caribbean on the Carnival Breeze included stops at the ports St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The large ship was filled with activities that we could all do and enjoy.  Movie night was fun and one of our favorite parts of...

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CA, Monterey Bay:  Carmel City Beach

CA, Monterey Bay: Carmel City Beach

Carmel City Beach is a spectacular white-sand beach fronting the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for hand-crafted cottages from its days as an early artists’ colony, for its galleries, shops, and restaurants, and also for its hospitality to off-leash dogs. An...

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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...

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CA, Monterey Bay Area: Elkhorn Slough

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is one of the best places in North America to see birds, and the best place for wheelchair riders to get close to the slough is little Kirby Park, at the upper end of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve. Close to 350 bird species live in the...

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CA, Monterey Bay Area: Asilomar State Beach

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Asilomar State Beach

Known for its distinctive white sand, Asilomar State Beach, in Pacific Grove, is about a mile long, with Sunset Drive and the California Coastal Trail behind it. This stretch of the Coastal Trail is composed of, intermittently, a boardwalk, firmly packed material, and...

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CA, Monterey Bay Area: Point Lobos Trails

CA, Monterey Bay Area: Point Lobos Trails

  This rocky, forested headland was named Point Lobos in the late 18th century, for the sea lions (lobos marinos, “sea wolves”) whom Spanish settlers heard barking on offshore rocks. Hundreds of them live here almost year-round, between August and June. Also look...

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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...

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South Africa Adventure in My Wheelchair

South Africa Adventure in My Wheelchair

There is so much to see of this beautiful country.  One summer is surely not enough.  My trip to South Africa began in July 2003 from Newark Airport (New Jersey).  Newark is like any other airport.  I met up with the students that would be my...

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California, Oxnard: Beach Park Accessibility

California, Oxnard: Beach Park Accessibility

Access to the outdoors becomes a tremendous challenge when one is faced with physical challenges that make it difficult to get to the bathroom, let alone to get outside the house.  It’s so important to overcome those obstacles and demand that sunshine and fresh...

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Africa Safari Hunting Tour with a Wheelchair

Africa Safari Hunting Tour with a Wheelchair

One of the first things staring me in the face when I found out I was going to Namibia was the formidable challenge it posed. As a quadriplegic, a trip to Africa represents the ultimate quest: managing the four days of travel which would include two 16 hour flights,...

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CA Coast: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Accessibility

CA Coast: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Accessibility

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 821 acres in the redwoods and along the Big Sur River, is popular with families and may be the best place for wheelchair riders to stay overnight and enjoy the lovely but otherwise mostly inaccessible Big Sur coast. Be sure to reserve well...

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Flying with a Wheelchair

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