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riding plus guided tours and ranger programs. And best of all some of Yosemite’s most iconic vistas such as Tunnel View, Glacier Point and Valley View are easily accessible from paved roads throughout the park. LAS VEGAS Everything you hear about Vegas is true. It’s bright, exciting, vibrant, full of fun, and sometimes full on! Vegas is the ultimate escape from normal life. There are no clocks inside casinos, just never-ending buffets, free-flowing drinks, quality shows and non-stop partying. You can fill in hours just strolling the legendary Vegas strip where you’ll pass dancing fountains, erupting volcanos, gondoliers in canals and famous casinos. The old town of Vegas (Freemont Street) is where you’ll find old school gambling dens, music, showgirls, Yosemite impersonators and amazing street performers. People are here to have fun and the vibe is contagious. Italy, Soho and Chelsea Market. built after 1993 (including hotels, restaurants, theatres and museums) Be sure to allow enough time For me it was all about sports – I to visit the Grand Canyon. Day trips sat in the bleachers at Yankee stadium provide reasonable access and from Vegas can be taken by bus, and cheered on the Yankees like I accommodation for all customers helicopter, airplane or car. was a local lifelong baseball fan. I with disability and members of the ate a gigantic hotdog while watching public. Access requirements also NEW YORK the Knicks play ‘ball’ at Madison exist for facilities built before 1993. There’s so much to see and do in Square Garden and I sampled a few this huge city that you could spend Budweisers while ‘rooting’ for the parks and recreation areas have weeks there and barely scratch the Rangers at the ice hockey. wheelchair-accessible paved, graded- surface. My advice is to start with Many national and some state dirt or boardwalk trails. Visit nps.gov/ the key attractions (Times Square, ACCESSIBLE TRAVEL IN USA Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Empire State Building or Rockefeller Centre, that offer accessible travel and tours chord, Craig Sheather has undergone Statue of Liberty, 9/11 memorial) and around the USA. Remember to do multiple surgeries, experiencing then focus on the things you enjoy. plenty of research and speak to your muscle wastage, nerve damage, You could fill your day with culture, local travel agent about possible ongoing back pain and bladder museums and Broadway shows or walk tour companies, destinations and damage in the process. He has across Brooklyn Bridge or discover the itineraries. since developed ‘ankle equinus’ High Line (elevated parkland). Foodies (an ankle ailment) and walks with a will love exploring Chinatown, Little Act (ADA) requires that all buildings linkonline.com.au There are many tour operators The Americans with Disabilities findapark/passes.htm for details. Born with a tethered spinal considerable limp. sport, leisure & travel 33