Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Alaska

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see:  http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012

“Alaska is different from every other destination in the world. Every day offers an unforgettable memory: a mother moose and calf, glaciers and mountains, unique Native cultures, our Russian legacy and Gold Rush days.” – Governor Sean Parnell 

 

Challenge Alaska Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School

“Challenge Alaska improves the quality of life for people with disabilities and the whole community through adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation, and education.
Since 1995, the Challenge has offered a variety of lessons at Alyeska Resort. Challenge Alaska is located slopeside next to the beginner hill near the base of Bear Cub Quad.”

Website: http://www.challengealaska.org/
Phone: 907-783-2925
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Challenge-Alaska/118942348126005

 

Sea Wolf Adventures

“We offer small ship cruising adventures for everyone including wheelers and slow walkers. Everyone needs adventure and getting into a kayak and paddling through the wonders of nature is food for the soul. So come on one of our adventure cruises with us and see whales, bears, glaciers and amazing vistas in Glacier Bay National park, Alaska.”

Website: http://www.seawolfadventures.net/accessadventure/index.html
Email: kimber@seawolfadventures.net
Phone: 907-957-1438

 

Alaska Railroad

“The Alaska Railroad stretches 470 miles from Seward on the south-central Kenai Peninsula, to the northern “golden heart” city of Fairbanks. Along the way, the train travels through some of the most scenic and rugged territory in Alaska, including Denali National Park, Denali State Park, and Chugach National Forest. The Alaska Railroad runs two primary passenger services during the summer season. On the rail north of Anchorage, the Denali Star operates daily between Fairbanks, Denali, Talkeetna and Anchorage. To the south, the Coastal Classic operates daily between Anchorage and Seward. The Alaska Railroad is accessible to wheelchairs, with special ramps at the depots and provisions on the train cars for occupied wheel chairs.” (www.alaskatravel.com)

Website: http://www.alaskarailroad.com/
Phone: 907-265-2494
Email: reservations@akrr.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AlaskaRailroad

 

Accessible Parks and Recreation

Alaska has many accessible parks and recreation including campgrounds, cabins and historic sites.

Website: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/access.htm

 

NATIONAL PARKS GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT 

National and state parks are abound in Alaska and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 

About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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