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Experience Accessibility in Los Angeles

Ocean Front Walk at Venice
The Venice Beach Boardwalk (also known as the Ocean Front Walk) along the Pacific Ocean is famous for its many different street performers that provide free entertainment and fun.

Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States and a very popular tourist destination. You can spend days discovering all sites the City of Angels has to offer. When you or a loved one is traveling with a wheelchair or scooter, it’s important to plan ahead so that your travels are smooth and stress-free. Read on for MobilityWorks’ guide to experiencing Los Angeles in an accessible way, and don’t forget to book your wheelchair van rental in advance.

What to See

Venice Beach’s Boardwalk offers a full day of amusement and great accessibility. The flat walkway is easy to navigate, and the boardwalk features performers, unique food and drink and beautiful views. The weekend’s are a virtual sidewalk circus that can’t be missed.

Hollywood Boulevard and Universal City features several famous landmarks like the Chinese Theatre and Walk of Fame. The streets are teeming with tourist shops, fortune tellers, and more. You can even take a tour of the nearby homes of celebrities.  Experience plenty of accessible tourist attractions in this area-don’t forget your camera!

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a world-famous museum you can gain access to with your donation. Conveniently located elevators make exhibits easy to see. Enjoy sculptures, photography, cultural art and more.

What to Do

The Walt Disney Concert Hall houses the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There are plenty of great seats in the house for wheelchair users and companions in every section. You can even borrow devices that help you listen to the show.

Enjoy the day at one of California’s beautiful beaches from the comfort of a beach wheelchair. Additionally, several locations may offer motorized chairs which can be propelled by the user. From Venice to Santa Monica to Hermosa, experience the California coastline with ease.

Disneyland is a top theme park in Anaheim, close to Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Company is known for accessibility, and even has a guide and policies in place for guests with disabilities. This year, Disneyland is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary with extra fun for the whole family.

The Los Angeles Farmer’s Market has many shopping options from homemade candies to international eats. The walkways are very wide and many accessible parking spots are available.

The Grove Shopping Center is conveniently next to the Farmer’s Market. While the center features many well known stores, there are also performers and you can even take a trolley ride. You can plan a day to visit both the Farmer’s Market and the Grove.

How to Get Around

The Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority accommodates any type of wheelchair or scooter. Passengers with disabilities can ride for a reduced fee. Hearing, mobility and visual aids are available.

The Trolley between the Grove and the Farmers Market is wheelchair accessible with a slide out ramp. While it runs seasonally, the ride is meant more for the experience than transportation. The trolley is a popular attraction so be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds!

Visit the  Discover Los Angeles Tourism website for more accessible getaway information.

Wheelchair Vans for Rent by the Day or Week

Make your trip completely worry-free with a wheelchair van rental from MobilityWorks. We have two convenient locations in Pasadena and Van Nuys, and we can even deliver the rental vehicle to you. Give us a call at 1-877-275-4915 to reserve today!

 

Planning for Future Travels When Driving Across the Border

passport card or book options
When travelling by car across the Canadian or Mexican border, the “passport card” is a lower cost option to consider.

Passport Issues to Know About When Driving Across the Border

Now that you’ve purchased a wheelchair van and plan on visiting destinations in Canada or Mexico, you need to prepare ahead of time for obtaining a passport. You can no longer drive across the border with just a state issued license and birth certificate. If you’re thinking about taking a trip, here are a few things to be aware of.

1. A new passport card option, similar to a driver’s license, is now available for driving across the border versus flying. It is a less expensive option if you don’t plan on flying or travelling to other countries in the near future.

2. Getting a new passport book or card can take 4 to 6 weeks, so plan ahead and take the steps necessary to acquire one as soon as possible. If a passport is needed in a hurry (2 to 4 weeks), there are expedited options available for an additional $60 per applicant.

3. Necessary items and information when completing your application:

– Recent driver’s license or government issued ID and Social Security Number
– Certified birth certificate, issued by the city, county or state – not a plain copy
– Both parent’s first, middle and last names (including mother’s maiden name)
– Both parents birth dates and place of birth (city and state)
– Color photo(s) to size, one for passport card only, two for passport book and card

Note: It is recommended that you go to a service outlet for obtaining your passport pictures. Passport photos must be printed on photo quality paper, 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size, so that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. Costs for having passport photos taken at a local pharmacy, portrait photographer or copy/print service provider ranges from $10 to $15.

Applicant Fees

The State Department website lists updated Adult Passport Book and Card options plus the Execution Fee. Go here to learn more about your application options, fees and payment methods.

NOTE: All first time applicants must apply in person at a Passport Agency, Acceptance Facility, U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Examples of passport acceptance facilities may include the Local Post Office or County Library. A passport card is valid for up to 10 years for adults (16 years or older) and 5 years for minors (under age 16).

Traveling With Pets and Other Restrictions

There are some restrictions on what you can take across the border. It’s important to check with each country’s website to see what is allowed and what is not allowed, such as fresh fruit, liquor and firearms. Dogs and cats may be brought to Canada, as long as they are accompanied by a veterinarian-signed document that indicates the animal’s breed and physical description — as well as proof they are up to date with their rabies shots. Dog or cat food containing beef or lamb byproducts, however, are not allowed.

Accessible Travel Made Easier

There are plenty of websites on the internet for finding information about accessible vacations and recommended destinations for people in wheelchairs. There’s even a few apps being  developed to assist with finding accessible bathrooms.

Planning ahead and preparing for your next road trip adventure can avoid disappointing delays. Getting your passport book, passport card (or both) as early as possible will help to make planning for the rest of your vacation as stress free as possible.