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.

Here’s help

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.  

They also gathered the total number of restaurants and the number of wheelchair-friendly restaurants according to Tripadvisor to find the proportion of wheelchair-accessible restaurants in or surrounding the national parks. 

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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