Where to Play and Stay in Accessible Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the country's oldest state capital, is chock full of accessible adventure. Whether you're going for the art, a fabulous meal, incredible (window) shopping, or an outdoor spin, this picturesque city delivers in spades. Maximize your experience by knowing the best places to play and stay for accessibility. Here are our top picks: Where … Continue reading Where to Play and Stay in Accessible Santa Fe

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Uplifting and informative, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is an accessible travel must. This collection of works by the "Mother of American modernism" exudes the empowering dynamics of a talented artist who learned the rules, and then unabashedly proceeded to reinvent them on her own terms with great commercial success - yeah, she rocked the 20th … Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Accessibility at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

In July 2019, I attended four Utah Shakespeare Festival performances in three different theaters, all via motorized powerchair. Uber-talented actors, gorgeous costumes, and state-of-the-art set design made it clear that "the play's the thing" at this Cedar City based event. Each production was simply jaw dropping fantastic, most notably Twelfth Night. The ADA accessibility and … Continue reading Accessibility at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas

Sure, like so many others on mobility devices, we took in dinner and a show after cruising The Strip. (I got around easily in my Jazzy red power chair.) But, by far, the most interesting thing my husband Lou and I did in Las Vegas was to take a one-hour guided tour of the Neon … Continue reading Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas

Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?

Making Accessibility Happen Here's what I e-mailed the corporate headquarters of Regal Cinemas (a recently acquired subsidiary of the Cineworld Group), and why I say that their motto “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” only applies if you can get in the door. Copy sent to: Regal Entertainment Group; Regal Oregon, Washington, Idaho DM, Shane … Continue reading Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?

LA Fitness Tualatin Upgrades Accessibility

It's always uplifting to hear about a corporation putting people first. I'm happy to be the bearer of such good news. Since my post, LA Fitness: Why the “LA” Stands for Lacks Accessibility, first aired in February 2018 a lot has happened, good stuff, progress. And without a protest march, petitions or expensive lawyers. A major … Continue reading LA Fitness Tualatin Upgrades Accessibility

Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Las Vegas

For travelers with or without disabilities, Las Vegas is becoming less about the casinos, and more about “The Experience.” Whether you’re looking for award-winning cuisine, color beyond compare, or a blast of contemporary culture, you’ll find it in “the city that never sleeps." And with great accessibility. I’ve never seen more scooters per capita than in … Continue reading Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Las Vegas

Accessible Bridges and Boardwalks, Portland, OR

After wintering in the desert, it was great to reacclimate to the luscious Pacific Northwest with one of our favorite ADA accessible outings, one we’ve done over a dozen times: rolling a section of the Springwater Corridor into and around downtown Portland’s riverfront. Scenic cityscapes peek through punctuated clearings of natural wetlands, making the journey … Continue reading Accessible Bridges and Boardwalks, Portland, OR

Driftwood Lodge, Springdale, UT (Zion National Park)

I look forward to the day when all ADA accommodations are this well thought out. With ample space, appropriate bathroom fittings and easy access parking to a relatively new, ground-floor unit, Driftwood Lodge is the place to stay for accessible travel accommodations when visiting Zion National Park. But wait, there’s more! Entry: Upon arrival to our … Continue reading Driftwood Lodge, Springdale, UT (Zion National Park)

ADA Accessible Zion National Park

Of the twelve southwestern national parks encompassed within The Grand Circle, Zion is the jewel in the crown. Here are some tips to maximize accessible travel for people with disabilities. Get yourself an Access Pass (You can thank me later.) The national parks issue an Access Pass for US citizens with permanent disabilities. You can apply … Continue reading ADA Accessible Zion National Park

Heard Museum, Phoenix

A friend told us about Phoenix’s Heard Museum over dinner. Intrigued, my husband and I went the very next morning, and were so glad we did. She was right: The museum’s collection of traditional and contemporary American Indian art (mostly southwestern) is simply superb. Each exhibit oozes quality over quantity. Great accessibility From the perspective … Continue reading Heard Museum, Phoenix

Scenic Urban Accessibility in Mesa and Tempe, AZ

The Rio Salado Pathway connects you to some of Mesa and Tempe’s most scenic urban landscapes. Colorful to say the least, this wheelchair/scooter accessible pathway offers plenty of visual surprises. I won’t give them all away, but I will say this: within an hour we marveled at everything from gray-blue cranes perched on the banks of the … Continue reading Scenic Urban Accessibility in Mesa and Tempe, AZ

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

As with all things, education has opened my mind, and exploration has opened my eyes. Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve has taught this Oregonian snowbird a lot about something I once only considered barren, dusty and dangerous: the desert. Thanks to two accessible nature trails, a brave new world has seeped into my soul. Where I formally saw … Continue reading Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Palm Springs Visitors Center

You can tell a lot about a city by the way it greets visitors with disabilities. Palm Springs does a good job in this regard at its Visitors Information Center North. Even though you may have sorted your desert paradise accessible vacation online, it’s still worth a twirl to this iconic building (if only for … Continue reading Palm Springs Visitors Center

Astoria River Trail

Making Accessibility Happen Every city wants your business. Let them know what you need and want in order to make that business happen. Here's what I sent to: City of Astoria - Mayor and City Council To the City of Astoria: The Astoria River Trail is a gem. A bit bumpy in places, but definitely … Continue reading Astoria River Trail

And then the unimaginable happened

I just didn’t see it coming. I knew since I was 18 that I had FSH muscular dystrophy. But I figured I was one of the lucky ones, able to walk and lift and smile with little difficulty. The thought of ever needing a wheelchair - pssh! - never crossed my mind. At 53, I’ve … Continue reading And then the unimaginable happened

Rolling Right Along in Accessible Scottsdale

Making Accessibility Happen Every city wants your business. Let them know what you need and want in order to make that business happen. Here's what I sent to: City of Scottsdale - Mayor and City Council Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 City of Scottsdale, Clean and scenic, indeed! And accessible. … Continue reading Rolling Right Along in Accessible Scottsdale

LA Fitness: Why the “LA” Stands for Lacks Accessibility

Making Accessibility Happen  Here's what I e-mailed the corporate headquarters of LA Fitness (called Fitness International,) and why I say the "LA" in LA Fitness stands for "Lacks Accessibility". Copy sent to: Tualatin building officials, mayor and chamber of commerce, and The Oregonian. If you or anyone you know is experiencing similar accessibility issues at any … Continue reading LA Fitness: Why the “LA” Stands for Lacks Accessibility

Lovely, Accessible Sunnylands

Making Accessibility Happen Accessible travel for the disabled is becoming big business. Speak with your dollars, your vote, and your voice to let commerce know what's working, and what's not. Here's what I emailed to: Sunnylands 37977 Bob Hope Drive Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 Phone (760) 202 2222 Copy to: Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce, … Continue reading Lovely, Accessible Sunnylands

Joshua Tree National Park Plans ADA Upgrade

My husband and I were delighted and impressed by Superintendent, David Smith's response to our visitor comments regarding accessibility at Joshua Tree National Park. Check it out: Dear Ms. Szabo-Cassella, Thank you for taking the time to reach out to me about your recent experience at the park. Although I am always grateful to get … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park Plans ADA Upgrade