Our Top 5 Accessible Summer Vacation Destinations
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by our travel partners at Wheel:Life
It’s time to talk about summer vacation plans. If you like to have all the info before booking a vacation, I’m guessing you’re still trying to decide on which destination will combine the ease of accessibility with all of the other elements you’re looking for in a vacation. If this is the case, don’t forego a summer getaway simply because you haven’t found the time to do the research, yet. Yes, venturing out into unfamiliar territory is certain to cause some degree of concern as a wheelchair user. That’s why we’ve done some homework for you and picked out five vacation spots we think you’ll love. So pack your sunglasses and a smile and leave the worries behind!
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If you enjoy big, bustling, cities but also love the beach, Chicago is for you! Pick one of many accessible hotels along the Magnificent Mile where you’ll find world-class shopping just outside your door as well as several other popular attractions at a stone’s throw. To the south, snap a selfie of your reflection at The Bean and watch children splash around in the Crown Fountain as a giant digital face spits water at them. After making your way through Millennium Park, head over to adjacent Grant Park, home of Buckingham Fountain, which may look familiar if you’ve ever seen the opening sequence of Married With Children. At the north end of the Magnificent Mile, Oak Street Beach has an accessible walkway that allows wheelchair users to roll all the way down to Lake Michigan’s freshwater shore. There are countless accessible tourist attractions in Chi-Town — too many to list here — but we promise, the Windy City will blow you away.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
If you’re looking for an escape from hot or humid temperatures this summer, Vancouver’s northwest shoreline offers cool, salty breezes and contrary to popular belief, very little rain in July and August. Nature-lovers will feel recharged while rolling along wheelchair-friendly Ravine Trail in Stanley Park or taking in the botanical gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park. Vancouver Lookout offers views of the city, the harbor, and the North Shore Mountains on the other side of Burrard Inlet. Vancouverites love outdoor recreation, so make sure to check out summer programming from local organizations offering adaptive sports such as kayaking, hiking, and surfing.