The Disabled Traveler's Companion

Testimonials

Like your site! I pushed my wife in a wheelchair literally around the world! One thing I discovered early on when entering a state or national park was to ask whether the help had taken a personal wheelchair tour of the site. Those that did could offer intelligent answers to questions such as "Does the pavement turn to gravel a half-mile in?" or "Will we suddenly encounter steps on the way back?" -- Patrick

Thank you soooo much for this website. We travel a lot with our disabled daughter and this makes planning so much easier! -- Lisa


i discovered your website after fracturing my foot one week before going to Glacier National Park, so I'm only temporarily disabled. However, I am so impressed with how thorough your site is and how much time and effort went into the information and photographs. What a blessing to folks who need that information. Thanks so much!  - Janice

hello my husband is disabled and he has to be in a w/c. i stumbled on your site by accident and i would like to have some more information on where we can travel to that would be handicap accesssible. it would really open up more of our options to where we could go. we feel that we are really restricted.

 

Planning a 2014 trip to Glacier and came across your website -- fantastic info! Our almost 7yo is in a chair only when we need to walk long distances or keep him contained for safety considerations--he has Exceptional Needs, no ADLs, inc perception of danger / impulse control, his gait is unsteady (partially due to hypotonia and also SPD), etc. March 2013 we visited Grand Canyon and it was**fantastically** accessible! From Bright Angel to Mather Point is a wonderful, smooth, even long paved walk. Many of the buildings (inc Hopi House, which is o-l-d) were accessible to us, at least the ground floor. From Maswick to Hermits Rest there is a(n even longer) trail, not all of which is accessible but most of it is, and it is beyond exquisite. Hermits Rest route is only accessible to the shuttle, but the shuttle drivers are *excellent* about telling you when to get off and then reembark so you can enjoy walking / pushing along the accessible portion (which as memory serves was still nice and long). The shuttle drivers also offered us a pass so we could have driven ourselves along Hermits Rest route, even though it is closed to all but the shuttle (and natl park vehicles). The shuttle gets *very* crowded, which is why having the option to drive yourselves can be terrific. Because we took the first shuttle of the day we were fine, and riding it was part of the fun for us. The drivers were also fab about making sure our entire family boarded first and were able to be together (as our impacted child is only 6 and we have an 8yo, too). We stayed at Maswick Lodge in a commodious ADA room, and we ate at a few of the dif't restaus within the Park, all of which were accessible and all of which, esp Maswick cafeteria, had v. helpful staff. Summer of 2012 we went to Yellowstone which was a HUGE disappointment to our family (in terms of accessibility). We received rude and horrible comments from the staffs at both Tower + Mammoth horse centers, and many buildings were inaccessible to us due to lack of ramps. It was shameful. At the Old Faithful Inn, where we stayed (we also stayed in Roosevelt and Lake Yellowstone), there were only two parking handicapped spots. TWO!!! That was insane. However, the staff at Lake Yellowstone Bay Bridge Marina were terrific and helpful in making sure our son (and we) were easily accommodated, so thumbs up to them. Anyway, we are excited about our 2014 trip to Glacier + Waterton and so pleased to find your website. FYI, through vrbo.com we have found what appear to be many viable options for us to rent over near West Glacier during our trip, in particular Glacier Guest House appears to have followed ADA mandates. I don't think we'll be renting it (my husband has his heart set staying on the river), but as a Special mommy it has certainly warmed my heart how seriously some people take accessibility. Keep up the good work!  -  KB

 

It would be great if this web site included state parks and recreation areas, as well as major attractions. I spend hours having to email or call various
attractions to see if they are handicapped accessible. For some reason a lot of these sites forget about the handicapped. For example I have been trying for several days online to see if the Alcatraz Island tours are available to the handicapped, so far no one has answered my email. I had to call the reservation number for the Seattle underground city tours to find out they are not accessible to the handicapped. Before my accident I never thought about not being able to see things others can because you are disabled. It's presents a whole list of problems. Thanks for sites like this to assist and thanks to Glacier Nat. Park for listing your web site it will prove very helpful on our trip there in July. - Sandra

Kay, that's so much for your continued assistance. We will try to be at Apgar about noon, and will do the best we can. As we have camped there many times ourselves, we know the area and setup.  I appreciate your concern for our grandchild, we are fully aware of the problems he, his Mom, and we - run into on a daily basis. again, many thanks Mary

If you have a directory of travel suggestions or a brochure, etc. please mail to us.  I'm a single mom with a disabled son and travel is so hard to do now. But very glad to have found out about your organization through NPS. Thank you! Debbie

Your website inspired us to check out Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. My husband experienced a brain aneurysm last year and although he is remarkable, it has slowed our very busy life down ALOT! It was amazing to get outside and enjoy life again. We were able to borrow the free sand wheelchair and enjoyed an entire day on the beach. I was able to get some great pictures I would love to share sometime! Thank you!! Danielle

Thank you for asking! The trip was amazing...so much more than I could have ever hoped for (other than having a blow out right outside of Bozeman lol). The Trail of the Cedars was the most amazing accessible trail I have ever seen. My husband was so thankful to be able to see the beauty that was on that trail. We also went on the accessible trail in Two Rivers. Unfortunately once we got to the end he wasn't able to get down to the creek....at first. He stayed on the trail while I walked down to the creek to get pictures of the twin waterfalls. While I was there a woman walked up to me and said that her husband was offering to help my husband get down to the creek. I was in awe of their willingness to help out. He was able to maneuver my husband and the wheelchair all the way down to the creek bed and even offered to take a picture for us. We stayed and talked to them for about 30 minutes. Then he helped get my husband back up to the trail. I was so happy that my husband was able to see the waterfalls in person instead of just by photos. After glacier we spent the next two weeks in the grand Tetons, Yellowstone, the black hills of South Dakota and the Omaha Zoo. I couldn't have asked for a better trip and we were so blessed With parents who made the trip possible.

 

 


 

 
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