5 Natural Sights for the Disabled Traveler to Discover (GUEST POST)

Holidays are the highlight of most peoples’ year. They allow us the chance to let our hair down and relax from the strife and struggles of daily life. That’s just as true for travelers with a disability as it is for anyone else.

Don’t let a medical condition hold you back. There are plenty of amazing locations all waiting to be explored. Today, let’s look at some of the most impressive for you to get to grips with.

1. Hanauma Bay – Honolulu

Hanauma Bay is an idyllic spot in Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu. There are a myriad of beautiful and exotic fish on display there, which can be seen swimming relatively close to the shoreline.

Disabled access is relatively easy on these sands, and it’s advised if you want a good spot to arrive prior to 2pm. There are two beach wheelchairs specifically designed to tackle the terrain there – but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your own.

2. Sibelius Park – Helsinki

As Insurancewith point out, Helsinki stands out as one of the most disabled-access friendly cities in the world. The Finns are a forward-thinking lot, so it should come as little surprise their capital is one of the most accommodating.

Arguably the highlight from a natural perspective comes in the form of Sibelius Park. This area of immense beauty has a monument located at the center of it dedicated to Jean Sibelius (a famous composer from the city).

3. Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

While there are areas of this iconic park which you won’t be able to access, the majority of Rocky Mountain National Park is able to be enjoyed by quite literally anyone. Take in the lush greenery of the park, while also appreciating the countless wildlife species you’ll find on show there.

While the mountains themselves might be off limits to most wheelchair users, you can still take to the many flat trails which line the park. You’ll still come across plenty of natural sites on this journey.

4. Kew Gardens – London

London is another city which puts a lot of thought into ensuring disabled travelers are well catered to at every point of their journey. When it comes to spots where people can enjoy themselves regardless of their medical condition, Kew Gardens is definitely near the top of the list.

The gardens have existed for more than 250 years, and offer a wide variety of attractions to all visitors. This includes the Palm House (which dates back to Victorian times) and the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

5. Frederik Meijer Gardens – Michigan

158-acres of natural landscape make up the picturesque area of Michigan. Much like Kew, there are a variety of different gardens located throughout the park itself, as well as a series of sculptures, which are found situated throughout the region.

Have these locations provided you with inspiration when it comes to your next holiday destination? It’s crucial to remember you shouldn’t hold yourself back, regardless of your disability.

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