Accessible America as Told by Wheelchair Users

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? If you’re a wheelchair user and travel enthusiast but don’t know what cities or towns are accessible, you’re in the right place. Our Quantum brand ambassadors discuss accessibility in different parts of the United States, including in America’s big cities. They give recommendations about what to see, what to do and what to eat. Consider this part two of our series on accessibility, where they discuss more places you can add to your travel bucket list.

Accessible St. Louis

A great way to get to know a place and its accessibility is by living there. Jesse Cuellar lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and tells about his life in St. Louis as a wheelchair user. The city features public-funded open areas and outside activities that are wheelchair-friendly. Some examples he gives are the art museum, Delmar Loop and the St. Louis Zoo. He talks about some of his favorite events that are held in Forest Park every year.

Because of the pandemic, attractions aren’t open or running on their regular schedule. For that reason, we recommend calling ahead and making a reservation if you want to see something in the St. Louis area.

Accessible State Parks in New York

Zoe Hernandez talks about her experiences visiting two state parks in New York shortly after she graduated from high school. She visited Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty with her family. Zoe says that all state parks in New York are committed to be accessible for all types of visitors.

Some of the accessible attractions at Niagara Falls include the Maid of the Mist, the Observation Tower, Niagara Adventure Theater, Niagara Scenic Trolley and more! To get to the Statue of Liberty Monument, you must take a ferry. Zoe explains two types of tickets: the standard reserve ticket and the pedestal reserve ticket. Both provide great offers for wheelchair users, including a round-trip ferry ride. Check out her article to learn more about what you can see at these two state parks!

Accessible Historic Sights

Madonna Long blogs about her experience touring Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, as she helps the organization address accessibility solutions. Fallingwater was built in 1935 and designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It originally served as a weekend home for Edgar J. Kaufmann, his wife Liliane, and their son, Edgar Kaufmann Jr., owners of Kaufmann’s department store in Pittsburgh. Many famous people have stayed there. In 1963, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy took ownership and preserved Fallingwater properties.

Madonna talks about the accessibility of her accommodations, the conservatory and restrooms. She also gives recommendations for activities that she did when she toured the properties. Most of all, she was thrilled to tour the properties and provide suggestions for accessibility, so that people of all abilities can experience the house and the other facilities on the properties.

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