Are you looking for something fun to do in Asheville, North Carolina? Or maybe your senior parents or grandparents are coming for a visit and you want to show off the town? You’re in luck! There is a wide variety of accessible opportunities in the “Land of the Sky.” Let’s explore.
There is no shortage of “things to do” and “places to go” in Asheville, NC. Western North Carolina has been one of the fastest-growing regions of the state for decades. The city is surrounded by high mountain peaks that seem to rise from the skyline itself. It is one of the wonders that draws residents by the tens of thousands and tourists by the millions. If they are not coming here for the mountains, it is for the world-class food and shopping for which we are renowned. In addition to the views and the mountains, they travel or move here for the opportunity to get lost exploring old-growth forests, chase waterfalls, and float down rivers and creeks.
Whatever it is that brings people to the Asheville area, it certainly results in making it difficult to navigate the roadways and parking lots. For those who use wheelchairs, getting around Asheville is that much more difficult.
Folks without mobility issues often do not fully appreciate the challenges that wheelchair users face on a daily basis. These obstacles can make it difficult to participate in social and recreational activities and even make it hard to function as a member of the workforce or navigate city streets safely. We understand: Loyal Lifts is committed to providing accessible, respectful transportation to those with mobility challenges and disabilities.
Now is the time to get out and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and sweeping vistas that our beautiful state of North Carolina offers. What could be better than a refreshing adventure in nature! But what if you have mobility challenges? Don’t worry: there are plenty of exceptional accessible hiking trails in and around Asheville to enjoy. So, grab your water bottle, your camera, and prepare for a terrific time outdoors. Please remember to double-check whether these areas are open to the public and whether there are changes to their operations before arranging to head out to the trail.
In recent years, there has been more buzz about “accessible travel” - and we love it. Having the opportunity to access transportation and travel opportunities is essential for all of us. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 25.5 million Americans have travel-limiting disabilities, and unfortunately, 3.6 million of these folks do not leave their homes because they are disabled or housebound. Our goal is to change this, one trip at a time. Here are some helpful resources for travelers with disabilities.
The good news: there is a lot of information out there for travelers who have disabilities. Even better, much of it is generated by people who have first-hand experience. It is helpful to learn from those who have shared the same types of challenges and frustrations - and have found ways to overcome them.