Candy Harrington’s recently released access guide — Barrier-Free Travel; National Park Lodges for Wheelers and Slow Walkers — offers helpful lodging information for disabled travelers. Not only does this handy resource include access details on 52 national park lodges in the mainland US, but it also offers essential access information on the other facilities and attractions in the featured parks.
Chock-full of well-researched access information Harrington’s latest title includes:
- Insider Tips for visiting each national park
- Access details on national park trails and attractions
- Detailed access descriptions — including bed heights — of lodge rooms
- Photos of the accessible rooms, including the bathrooms
- Accessible train, trolley, boat and bus tours in the national parks
- National Park lodging concessionaire information
- The best national park scenic drives and windshield views
- Fees, roadway information and seasonal closures in the national parks
Additionally, since different people have different access needs, Harrington goes well beyond just saying that a room is wheelchair-accessible. “Most travelers don’t understand access regulations — they only know what works for them,” says Harrington. “That’s why I included essential details such as bed heights and the location of the toilet grab bars in the book,” she adds.
Barrier-Free Travel; National Park Lodges for Wheelers and Slow Walkers also features information on off-the-beaten-path accessible finds. Says Harrington, “After numerous research trips to the parks, I decided to add a Don’t Miss This section to the book, because a lot of folks assume that only the top attractions are wheelchair-accessible. For example, many wheelchair-users never make it out of Yosemite Valley, while Tioga Road, Mariposa Grove and even Hetch Hetchy also offer some nice accessible trails and attractions. I like to give people a lot of options.”
The most recent addition to Harrington’s national park series, this inclusive title is a must-have for any national park road trip. Barrier-Free Travel; National Park Lodges for Wheelers and Slow Walkers is available at www.BFNationalParkLodges.com.