5 adventures for wheelchair users in the United States

5 adventures for wheelchair users in the United States

Sometimes we think that the most exciting adventures await us on the other side of the world, but perhaps they can happen closer. There are many places in the United States where you can escape the routine and have memorable experiences. In this week's post we leave you five proposals for adventurers with reduced mobility.

Sandboarding in the Great Sand Dunes

Slide over the highest dunes in the United States. Located in southern Colorado, the spectacular Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve occupies about 78 square kilometers and presents a landscape full of contrasts. Near the great blanket of sand, streams, forests and other wildlife are discovered.
People with reduced mobility can borrow a specific wheelchair for dunes. You have to do it in advance by calling the Visitor Center (you can find the phone number on the National Park website). Likewise, the place has adapted bathrooms and accessible ranger programs.

Hang Gliding on the Outer Banks

If you dream of flying, do it big. Kitty Hawk Kites has the largest hang gliding school in the world, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As indicated on their website, the staff have taught people who are blind, deaf, paraplegic, and with other physical disabilities. Tandem instruction is accessible. However, you must notify in advance about your mobility restrictions.

Adapted cycling on the Route of the Hiawatha

The Route of the Hiawatha is a spectacular 15-mile long trail that traverses ancient bridges and tunnels. Bring your family to Wallace, Idaho and practice adaptive cycling on this iconic ride.
Lookout Pass explains that there are bollards at various points along the trail. Therefore, if your mobility equipment is wider than 38”, you must inform in advance so that it can be removed upon arrival.
Lookout Pass staff also arrange shuttle buses that can transport you from Pearson Trailhead to Roland Trailhead, as well as accessible parking spaces. Check their website to find out more and don’t forget to download the map with the route.

Navigation through the Bay of Glaciers

Located in southern Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve boasts some of the most beautiful scenery on the continent. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated by “frost giants.”
Currently, the park receives numerous tour boats and cruises accessible to visitors with reduced mobility. It is also possible to view the scene and wildlife from the accessible Bartlett Cove Pier Observation Deck. Other information on accessibility is indicated on the National Parks website.

In search of the Northern Lights

Last week we talked to you on our blog about different accessible destinations in the United States where you can see the Northern Lights. If you have not read the post yet, we invite you to take a look. Witnessing this celestial spectacle seems like an exciting adventure to us.

Tell us, what accessible adventures would you propose?

Sources: Visit The USA, National Park Service (1)(2), Kitty Hawk Kites, Route of the Hiawatha


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