National Parks with Easy Access for Seniors and the Disabled

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Many people are feeling comfortable enough to travel again. However, for aging adults and people with disabilities, traveling is not always an easy undertaking. While national parks are a common bucket list destination, many elder and disabled tourists could use help in identifying which parks are the most accessible.

Our friends at AgingInPlace.org have put together a list of the most accessible national parks in the U.S and we are pleased to pass along this important information to our travel readers.

Highlights from their national parks list

  • Badlands in South Dakota ranks as the most accessible national park in America.
  • California and Arizona each have two of the top 10 most accessible national parks in their state.
  • Yellowstone has the highest percentage of wheelchair-friendly restaurants of all national parks in the U.S.

Research Methodology

Looking at each national park, AgingInPlace.org gathered data on the total number of trails and the number of wheelchair-friendly trails taken from AllTrails to find the proportion of wheelchair-accessible routes.

To achieve their accessibility score both factors were assigned a normalized score out of 10 and took an average across both scores to reach the final ranking.

National parks with less than 10 trails and restaurants were removed from the rankings as this may only be a reflection of the low visitor numbers to these parks.

Click here to read the article.

Happy travels!

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Author: Wayne and Judy Bayliff

Travel and Lifestyle photojournalists Wayne and Judy Bayliff explore the world of exceptional vacation getaways for discerning travelers. Their syndicated articles appear in popular Travel and Lifestyle magazines, newspapers, and websites. They are founders of the popular online travel magazines the Best Vacations Journal and Captains and Cruises. Story topics include romantic destinations, leisure time activities, upscale tours, distinctive resorts, best airlines and cruises, luxury lodgings, and delicious eateries. The team has been traveling and photographing for over 20 years. Their work has appeared online and in print all over the world and in several languages. If you would like Wayne and Judy to provide fresh content for your publication, or consider your travel destination or activity for a story, please email your inquiry to: the2writers@gmail.com

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