If you read my blog regularly, you know that Mom and I get around a lot! We’ve traveled all over the world! Some of our recent big trips have taken us to the Far East so we could meet up with my brother and his family, who were living in China. Now that they’ve moved back to the U.S., we’ve all decided to take a domestic trip together. So now I’m compiling information about possible U.S. vacation destinations! My advice if your parent has mobility issues: don’t let a wheelchair hold you back!

When planning any trip, I always consider affordability and whether the location has lots of great attractions. But because Mom has difficulty getting around and often  uses a wheelchair, we also have to keep in mind a few other key features when researching possible vacation destinations: ample barrier-free transportation, ADA-compliant hotels, and close proximity (and easy access) to the things we want to see and do.

Over the years I’ve learned a great deal about wheelchair-friendly travel destinations. The most important thing I’ve learned is that if you do your research and plan ahead, it’s not that hard to have a great vacation that includes lots of fun activities and meets the needs of wheelchair users!

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A luggage cart is a good substitute when you can’t find a wheelchair (especially in foreign countries!).

Drawing on my own experience and research, I’ve put together this series of posts on wheelchair-friendly travel destinations in the U.S. Whether you’re planning to travel with aging parents who use wheelchairs or thinking about a trip with another wheelchair user, I hope that this information will jump-start your own research and give you some ideas of what to look for. Just remember that even if a destination claims to cater to people with disabilities, you should still always call ahead to check (and call again to double-check shortly before you arrive) to be sure that you have the arrangements you need.

Tune in tomorrow to learn about the first wheelchair-friendly destination on my list! You’ll definitely be “blown away” by this city!