Twice Around
by Hilton Purvis and Loretta Jakubiec 1999

Vancouver, London, Hong Kong, New York, Boston, Seattle, New Orleans, San Francisco, Disneyworld, the U.S. national parks, and more.
Hilton Purvis and Loretta Jakubiec traveled extensively during June and July of 1996, and July and August of 1998. We thank them for providing such a thorough report that offers helpful critiques of several airlines and details the names, addresses, and phone numbers of their accommodations.

We find that the pleasure of travelling, visiting new places, eating new foods, etc. far outweighs any of the difficulties encountered along the way. We hope our experiences will show others that it needn't be too scary.

Hilton is permanently confined to a wheelchair, thereby adding a different dimension to our transport and accommodation arrangements. Suddenly the London Underground becomes a non-event, the condition of sidewalks important, the Boston Metro a nightmare, a rental car's boot more important than its air conditioner, boardwalks are seen as one of mankind's better inventions, Disney World's transportation system becomes the standard by which all others are measured, and USA legislation stipulating that all buildings, public places and spaces must be fully wheelchair accessible by 1997 is like regulation from heaven!

We follows are our successes, which there were many, and failures, which are fortunately few.

In determining "accessibility" we must point out that Hilton is very lightweight (40-odd kg's + chair), and his wheelchair is very narrow (only approx. 55cm overall). These are important considerations since it means that we can often get places, which other wheelchairs cannot. The odd step, or couple of steps, is, therefore, not a serious problem. If one is large, or heavy, or using a power wheelchair then it would be a different matter. We have, for the purposes of this document only assessed accessibility for wheelchairs, and not for visually or hearing impaired people .

1996
Six months prior to our journey, we wrote to every Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) whose state we were visiting. To our delight, we received a response to every single letter (except Florida) and a number actually forwarded our requests to sub-branches. Following that initial series of requests, we processed all the further plans via fax and telephone. Despite the costs involved, the immediate responses were worthwhile.

Airlines

British Airways provided excellent service -- on all but one flight they kept Hilton's compact wheelchair inside the aircraft cabin (in the coat rack), which is hugely reassuring for a disabled traveller. Wheelchairs have a habit of getting damaged in the cargo hold.

United Airlines had excellent service, including a complimentary magnum of champagne on the flight to Denver! No problems with check-ins, baggage handling, loading of wheelchair (domestic flights are generally not able to accommodate the chair inside the aircraft). The option to check-in luggage at the taxi drop-off apron is a time-saver and helps to minimise the amount of luggage within the airport complex.

Car hire

Alamo gave excellent service. A "Mercury Sable" in Boston, "Toyota Camry" in Yellowstone, and a "KIA" in California, all in tip-top condition. Some "bonus" assistance in the form of complimentary rides to the airport hotel in Boston (saved us having to unload and use a bus), and to the airport in San Francisco (as above).

Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL)
Accommodation: Dixie Landings Resort. From a disabled traveller's point-of-view, this is paradise! The accommodation is excellent, transport accessible, venues are all accessible and the staff willing and able to assist. We honestly have not got a single point on which to improve, but of particular interest was the special disabled shuttle operated by Mears (which we used to-and-from Sea World & Orlando Airport).

a5.jpg (15651 bytes)Washington, D.C.
Accommodation: Harrington Hotel. We found Washington to be a wonderful city in which to walk, and we averaged over 15 km's per day. It has the best wheelchair accessible Metro we have found, made all the more pleasant in Union Station. We used their buses (fitted with wheelchair lifts) and cabs (some of the drivers could not speak English!). We caught AMTRAK to New York despite the fact that they did not respond to any of our mailed or faxed inquiries. AMTRAK are evidently notorious for not replying, which is a pity, as we found travelling with them to be most enjoyable.

a6.jpg (13870 bytes)New York City, NY
Accommodation: Pennsylvania Hotel. Very convenient for arriving and departing via AMTRAK. Again we did a lot of walking but found the condition of the sidewalks, roads, and gutters to be bad. There appeared to be no consistency from one sidewalk to the next. One would have a wonderful shallow ramp leading down into the road, and the next no ramp at all. We used their buses, cabs, the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), Staten Island Ferry, and AMTRAK again, to get on to Boston.

Boston, MA
Accommodation: Farrington Inn. Good price, but not suitable for disabled travellers (a mistake by us). The proved to be the worst stop of the entire journey. Boston has a terrible Metro, made worse by the fact that they advertise it as being wheelchair accessible when it is not. One can get into some of the stations, but are still required to climb three stairs into the trolley bus! As in NYC the city sidewalks were in bad condition. We hired a car and drove out to Cape Cod, Salem and Rockport (utilising some very comfortable motels along the way).

A2.jpg (20614 bytes)Yellowstone National Park
Accommodation: Old Faithful Inn. Beautiful building, and an excellent disabled room. Found landing in Jackson Hole, between the Grand Tetons, to be quite exhilarating! Hired a car and drove up through the Grand Teton N.Park and on into Yellowstone. We were able to use the boardwalks in the geyser basin and at a number of viewing points. A beautiful park with vastly contrasting scenery.

Grand Tetons National Park
Accommodation: A motor-inn in Jackson (would rather stay in Grand Tetons). A very beautiful area with two trails accessible to the wheelchair.

Boulder, CO
Accommodation: With friends. We visited the Rocky Mountain National Park and walked a number of trails (there is also a campsite for the disabled). Fantastic scenery.

Boise
Accommodation: With friends. Visited the International Bird Of Prey Center and found it to be fascinating (particularly the breeding pairs of Harpy Eagles).

San Francisco, CA and the West Coast
Hired a car for a drive down Highway 1, which proved to be a total disaster as it is fogged in during July!

San Diego, CA
Accommodation: Hotel Circle Inn & Suites. Comfortable, good location, good price. A very laid-back city with a tasteful waterfront / harbour-front area (as opposed to San Francisco). Enjoyed its world famous zoo and drove out to Cabrillo, Point Loma, and La Jolla.

Sequoia National Park, CA
Accommodation: River Inn. Two km from gate, simple, clean, comfortable and very convenient. One of the highlights of the journey (we've never seen trees like that before!). Plenty of good trails.

Yosemite National Park, CA
Accommodation: Narrow Gauge Inn. Four km from gate, superb, a must for any visitor! Yosemite is very commercialised and over-crowded. The public toilets at many sites were in a terrible state! (real stomach turning stuff!) Stunning scenery, no sign of any wildlife whatsoever!

sf1.jpg (28262 bytes)San Francisco, CA
Accommodation: Coventry Motor Inn. Excellent, walking distance from the waterfront. No one told us that San Francisco was freezing in July! It was unpleasant to move around outside because of the icy winds, but the sidewalks and roads were in good condition. We hated Fisherman's Wharf (devoid of any character and a tourist trap deluxe!), but loved the Thai and Chinese restaurants. We drove out to Golden Gate Park (within the Park they have probably the most confusing road systems we've ever seen, with no road signs or names whatsoever!) and to Muir Woods (a very good accessible trail).

Orlando, FL
Accommodation: Marriott Orlando World Center. Magnificent hotel, most of the facilities were probably wasted on us. Attended the American Knifemakers Guild Show, the largest collection of knifemaking craftsmen/women in the world.

London, U.K.
euro2.jpg (23770 bytes)Accommodation: London School Of Economics, High Holborn. Excellent budget lodging, clean, simple, perfectly positioned for walking. Again, we did a lot of walking, and although the city is old the terrain is flat and the sidewalks are in reasonable condition. We caught a ferry to Greenwich, an express train to Cambridge and to Reading. We were able to use the cabs (taxi's) without having to get out of the wheelchair due to the high roofline. We visited the Victoria and&Albert and British Museums, Westminster, St Paul’s, Harrods, Hamley’s, and a number of the public parks.

Pollution

London was by far the most polluted city which we visited. This was not only evident through the fumes one inhales whilst walking down The Mall and any of the nearby CBD areas, but also with the pollution caked on the buildings. Such a terrible waste of beautiful architecture. Although we did a lot of walking in all of the US cities, we somehow never noticed high levels of air pollution, even amidst the congestion of New York.

Resources

On a slightly strange note, but an important one for a disabled traveller, only once during all of our travels through the USA did we encounter a "unisex" restroom for a disabled person. Every restroom had a disabled cubicle, but it was inside the "Men’s" or "Women’s" block. For anyone requiring assistance this can be problematic. Needless to say, Hilton got to see the inside of a number of women’s restrooms, and Loretta visa versa! This was not so in London, where the other extreme existed, namely that all disabled restrooms were freestanding, separate, or "unisex".

With Hilton confined to a wheelchair, we naturally contacted every disabled tourist body we could find. Sadly the response from these organisations was the exact opposite to the CVB's. We wrote to nine organisations, and to date we have only received one reply, a rather poor one at that, from SATH. We have listed those organisations, which did not respond to our requests for your interest. Under normal circumstances, we would not be concerned about their lack of response, but following the tremendous response from the other "non-disabled orientated" bodies they tend to stand out rather badly.

Wings on Wheels 4114 198th Street, SW Suite 13 Lynnwood, WA 98036 U.S.A.
Whole Persons Tours P O Box 1084 Bayonne, NJ 07002 U.S.A.
Directions Unlimited, 720 N.Bedford Road Bedford Hills, NY 10507 U.S.A.
Mobility International USA P O Box 3551 Eugene, OR 97403 U.S.A.
Handicapped Travel Division National Tour Association P O Box 3071,
Lexington, KY 40596 U.S.A.
SATH, 345 Fifth Avenue, #610 New York, NY 10016 U.S.A.
Disabled Outdoors, 2052 W.23rd Street Chicago, IL 60608 U.S.A.
Travel Information Service Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, 1200 W.Tabor Road Philadelphia, PA 19141-3099 U.S.A.
Information Centre for Individuals with Disabilities, 20 Park Plaza Room, 330 Boston, MA 02116 U.S.A.

Lessons learned in 1996
1. Travel guides are great!
2. South African travel agents know nothing about unusual destinations (i.e. the national parks) or transport (i.e. Amtrak).
3. South African travel agents only deal with a handful of hotels in each city, and they are usually not the best value for the money.
4. South African travel agents know nothing about wheelchair access!
5. If you're visiting a city, stay as centrally as possible. We didn't in Boston and paid the price, we did in London and reaped the reward. The cheaper hotels/motels are outside of the cities, but one then has to factor in the cost and availability of transport into the city centre.
6. College/University accommodation: Our one recommendation would be to try and provide a few more contact addresses and numbers for college/university accommodation. The success of the London leg of our journey was largely due to the excellent accommodation we obtained through the London School of Economics, located a couple of hundred yards from Covent Garden.
7. Get a fax machine. It beats the hell out of posting letters and waiting for responses.

1998
We tackled the 1998 journey rather differently, primarily driven from our 1996 experiences. First, we minimised the involvement of travel agents, using them only to book the air flights. Secondly, we made extensive use of the Internet to research, search, and in some cases book services. Thirdly we used e-Mail and a fax machine to check availability and confirm all accommodation and transport arrangements.

Hong Kong
Accommodation: YMCA (The Salisbury), perfect location, excellent service, 5-star (immaculate condition) accessible room, a "must" for any visitor to HK.

The new Chep Lap Kok airport was perfectly accessible, as was the train to downtown HK. The city buses are not accessible, and nor are the cabs. Hong Kong is not easy to get around in a wheelchair, and it is not aided by the strange designs of the overhead walkways. The walkways will have a beautiful ramp on one side of the road, and a flight of stairs on the other! One at the Star Ferry terminal had a ramp on each side, but three stairs in the middle! The idea is there, but the execution is flawed (much like the USA National Park Service, we refer to later). We were surprised to find that many of the modern shopping arcades on the West side of Kowloon were not generally accessible. Individual stores in Kowloon are not so great for access with lots of steps up and down at their entrances. The lack of access is countered by a willingness on the part of the public in general to assist.

Seattle, WA
Accommodation: Best Western Loyal Hotel. Good hotel, somewhat pricey for the quality (looked a little shabby), good service, accessible room.

a10.jpg (20096 bytes)The roads in the CBD area are reminiscent of San Francisco, very steep with flat tops. This is something of a challenge to the wheelchair, but is aided by lifts between some of the road levels and the "waterfront" level. The monorail only operates between downtown and the Space Needle so it's pretty useless for transport. The waterfront area is great to walk along, see the harbour and enjoy leisurely evening dinners and daytime latte's. The Argosy Harbour Cruise is accessible, and worthwhile.

Vancouver, Canada
Accommodation: YWCA of Vancouver,.As with HK, a beautiful, immaculate, accessible room, very good service, good location (close to bus route to Seattle, downtown and restaurants). Would book in there again without question.

Vancouver is a very accessible city with beautiful paved walkways throughout the harbours and inlets. Stanley Park is fully accessible with a brilliant, level, paved walkway running around its circumference (approx. 14km's) and numerous others criss-crossing its interior. Worthy of a visit in its own right! Grouse Mountain offers very limited access (to the 1st cable station level), and Capilano Suspension Bridge also offers limited access (to one side of the bridge only). It appears that if the entrance fee to sights is reduced (as with Grouse and Capilano) or waived then access is limited.

Victoria, Canada
Accommodation: Doric Motel. simple, functional, affordable, partially accessible (slight step at door) and comfortable.

Used the British Columbia Ferry, who allow one to park opposite the lift, and have accessible toilets on board. Victoria is reasonably accessible around the harbour area. An interesting town, very busy in summer.

Kalispell/Glacier National Park
Accommodation: The Blue & White Motel. Excellent service, superbly accessible room (with own parking bay and enormous bathroom!). Served the best breakfast doughnuts and coffee! Well located for car travel in to Glacier National Park.

The Glacier entrance gate visitors centre is fully accessible. The park's access is limited for wheelchairs (no paved trails or boardwalks,) but there is lots to see from the vehicle or turn-outs.

Las Vegas, NV
Accommodation: Circus Circus. Well priced, immaculate accessible room, located to one end of The Strip, but within easy walk of major casinos and resorts.

The Strip is very accessible (almost on par with Disney), as are all the hotels and resorts along it. Some even provide lowered blackjack tables in their casino's (brilliant!). The bus service down The Strip (operating every 15-20 minutes during the day) is fully accessible and the drivers very helpful.

Zion National Park, UT
Accommodation: Driftwood Lodge (Springdale). Beautiful setting, perfectly located within minutes of Zion National Park entrance, fully accessible room, very good condition, very good service.

NOTE : Refer to comments later on National Park Service access.

Beautiful views, stunning at sunset, "The Narrows" a must see. Zion National Park was probably the best of our 5 Utah parks for trails, but their "accessible trails" are not. They have steps, steep gradients, and water channels along them.

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Accommodation: Bryce Pioneer Village (Tropic). The only place where we felt ripped off! Non-accessible room and higher room rate (despite confirming otherwise by fax!). No choice but to pay up! Made up the difference by drinking their coffee machine dry!

"Inspiration Point" probably one of the most amazing sights we have ever seen! Bryce Canyon National Park was the most frustrating of the 5 parks, with most of their viewing points perfectly accessible (even with their own disabled parking bays), but with 6" (15cm) thick wood log handrails and stone pillars completely blocking the views! A very frustrating park, because with little effort and money they could offer so much more.

Canyonlands National Park
Accommodation: Red Stone Inn (Moab). Good value motel, simple room, accessible bathroom with parking bay, good service, close to restaurants. Would stay there again.

Dead Horse Point State Park offered good viewing, though somewhat limited. Canyonlands National Park was quite limited for wheelchairs.

Arches National Park
Accommodation: (as per above)
Arches National Park is not accessible, and indeed some of the trails which are shown as being accessible are definitely not! Like Bryce Canyon NP, a frustrating park.

A1.jpg (31305 bytes)Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Accommodation: The Blue Spruce (Granby). Clean, comfortable, accessible (at a squeeze) and affordable. Good service, some strange restaurants in Granby!

Returned (after 1996) to do the boardwalk trail (West side) and walk around Sprague Lake. Very accessible and worth the visit. Park offers dramatic sights (high mountains, deep valleys, fir forests, mountain lakes, snow & ice). Much like Glacier National Park.

Boulder, CO
Accommodation: (with friends)

New Orleans, LA
Accommodation: St. Louis. Perfect location for French Quarter, expensive for a somewhat shabby room, accessible. Close to all the food, music, entertainment, and transport in and out of city.

Only visited the French Quarter. Not very accessible, pavements in very bad condition, narrow, pot-holed, rough, shops old and small, crowded, old fashioned doorways, etc. Interesting and quaint by day, really seedy by night. The only time we saw people openly drinking alcohol in the streets in the USA.

Orlando, FL
Accommodation: Port Orleans Resort (WDW). Sister resort to Dixie Landings (where we stayed in 1996), excellent value, perfectly accessible, good service, beautiful setting (next to waterways), 1st class transport either by shuttle, bus, or river taxi. Used special Mears Shuttle to get to-and-from airport. Would be tempted to stay there rather than some of the more expensive resorts!

WDW was its usual excellently accessible self and really show how things can be, and should be, done. Animal Kingdom (newly opened) up to their usually high standard. Still find it strange, however, that they don't build uni-sex disabled restrooms?

London, U.K.
Accommodation: London School of Economics Residence (High Holborn). Excellent value, clean, comfortable, perfectly located (near Covent Garden), service sometimes lacking (they have a quirk of only allowing one to check in at 14h00, not a minute earlier, even if your room is booked, and even if it is ready! Strange.

New Airport Express transport system excellent, but expensive. New shape cabs much improved, more roomy and accessible. The Imperial War Museum offers shocking access with us having to enter through a back door! War veterans are treated worse, having to suffer the humiliation of having to pay to enter! Incredible! The South Bank walkways (supposedly inter-linked) are inconsistent and often completely inaccessible. There is no wheelchair access to Tower Bridge. The Tower of London is likewise a no-no. Ferries from Westminster Pier to Kew Gardens, Hampton Court, and Greenwich are also inconsistent, often with only one accessible ferry departing each day (how one is supposed to return is anybody’s guess!). The V&A Museum is much improved, and a pleasure to tour through, with keen and helpful staff and security. The British Museum was under re-construction, but the access was still good, with us being offered lunch in the staff lounge. Hyde, Regents, and St.James's Parks are always good. The Regent’s Canal walkway is inconsistent and not really accessible.

Car Hire

We encountered an interesting situation with our car rental in Seattle, which served as a lesson for the future. We reserved all our accommodation with our MasterCard and then paid for the rooms on check-in with travellers cheques. We had two credit cards (MasterCard), both with healthy positive balances on departure. When collecting the car in Seattle (from Hertz), they informed us that there was not sufficient monies to cover the entire rental (plus insurance, petrol, etc). They would not take cash or travellers cheques. After two hours of negotiations we had no choice but to give up and cancel our plans (which was to drive up to Vancouver via the Cascades).

It later transpired that Hong Kong had not released our credit card booking amount (which blocked the card). Booking systems are geared towards one booking for, and paying via, credit cards. If one changes that routine, they get in a tangle. We learnt our lesson early (fortunately), but even when we later specifically requested the car hire and/or motels to cancel the credit card billing once we had paid by travellers cheque they didn't fully understand the implications. Alamo in Denver could not see why there would be a problem if it took a couple of days to go through!

It seems that wherever possible one should go the full credit card route (i.e. book and pay for), but one then has to question the role of travellers cheques.

AMTRAK

All inquiries, reservations, and payment for our Amtrak trip (from Seattle to Whitefish) was done over the Internet. No problems, printed out the reservation confirmation page (with its number), handed it in at the station, and the tickets were waiting. The accessible coach was confined but comfortable, the three-course supper was delicious, and the service was informative and helpful. We wouldn't recommend more than a one day trip because of the confines of the coach (can't move through the train).

South African Airways SAA were tolerable. Despite written promises of requested service before the HK flight, they delivered on none of them. Their planes were comfortable and clean, helped by the fact that they were almost empty on the return journey from London.

United Airlines
We were not impressed with United. Their flights were all overcrowded (Do they squeeze in extra rows of seats?), shabby in appearance, and their staff were unfriendly.

Delta Airlines
The complete opposite of United! Delta was excellent, friendly service, and even a special locker for the wheelchair in the cabin (no fears of damage in the luggage hold).

Eating

We avoid hamburgers, hot dogs, etc during our travels. Partly because we don't like that style of food, but more importantly because it gives one no energy. Gooey doughnuts offer a sweet start to the day at motels but they slow one down in the long run. We therefore look out for light, tasty local foods, with lots of vegetables.

Hong Kong eating is interesting and varied, if you're prepared to try the local dishes. Dim sum is a must for breakfast or brunch.

Seattle is great for chowders, seafood and, of course, latte's.

Vancouver and Victoria eating offers lots of noodles and veggies through their Asian restaurants.

The central U.S. is more steak & french fries, but we dug up a couple of Chinese and Mexican restaurants.

New Orleans offers a huge variety of local dishes, with us tucking into their jambalaya's, gumbo's, beans, bainaits, po-boy's, and muffalatta's.

London is expensive for South Africans (on an exchange rate of over 10-to-1). We opted to eat cheaply, choosing the traditional fish 'n chips, Marks & Spencer’s take-outs, and "The Stockpot" diner (offering good wholesome meat and vegetables).

Comments

We saw massive abuse of disabled facilities in the USA by able-bodied and overweight Americans, all with their legal hangers and stickers. It is both frustrating and sad. What was most saddening was that the abusers were almost always in the 55+ age group and appeared to believe (judging by their comments) that it was their right to use such facilities. We understand that not all disabilities are as "obvious" as being wheelchair bound, but after 38 years of disability, 25 of which has been spent in a wheelchair, Hilton is able to accurately assess a persons capabilities. In many of our encounters one did not have to be a rocket scientist to assess that the abusers were very sprightly indeed as they scampered off to do the hiking trails!

In six weeks of travel in 1998, we only saw one genuinely disabled person using a parking bay (an elderly lady in a power chair in Arches National Park), and only saw one other disabled person (a guy and his family at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park). Where is everyone? The USA is arguably the most wheelchair accessible country in the world and yet there is no-one to be seen, even in mid-summer….

Tourists from outside of the USA will find it difficult to legally use disabled parking facilities as one can only apply from within the USA, and it takes a minimum of two weeks to issue one, which will only cover only the city in which you apply (as per the San Diego Traffic Dept.). There appears to be no "blanket" application for foreign tourists. One can take a chance and use your own domestic hanger, but it is no guarantee of success. The National Park Service will issue a parking sticker for their individual park, but one would have to ask for another at each separate park.

National Park Service Access

The national parks suffer from a common problem of being very willing and interested in providing accessible facilities, but not designing or building them correctly, or not actually testing them out (in the case of trails and viewing areas). This was particularly noticeable in Bryce Canyon where they have constructed excellent turn-out areas throughout the park, paved, ramped, and each with its own disabled parking bay. But then they have built a handrail of thick wooden logs and stone pillars, the top of which is located at seated eye level. The only view which Hilton was able to see in Bryce was "Inspiration Point," only because we took the wheelchair cross-country through the bush to the edge of the canyon . . . neither safe, nor sanctioned by the park.

It was also evident in Zion and Arches where trails were specifically designated as being accessible, but clearly they are not, having water channels, steps, and very steep gradients at various points along the paths.

What is frustrating is that to prevent these situations from occurring does not require rocket science. All it takes is for the park to rent or loan a manual wheelchair from a medical supply company for one day, put an average strength park ranger in it, and ask them to wheel the trail, or view the sights. The hassles will quickly be identified and can be solved immediately.

Lessons learned from 1998

1. Online travel guides are really great!
2. The Internet, and its various travel web sites is the way to go if one is planning a trip on your own. It is perfect for researching destinations, and searching out best rates on transport and accommodation. We then used our fax (a lesson learned from 1996) for the finalising, booking and confirmations. In short, get connected! It beats even waiting for faxes!
3. Watch the releasing of credit card funds (discussed earlier).

Here is our list names, addresses, contact numbers we used, and costs for each stop. All the major car rental companies have very good web sites, as do each of the US states CVB's. A search in Yahoo! will bring all of these up. It is interesting (and worthwhile) noting that booking via the Internet is preferable for car hire, Amtrak and WDW. Their booking infrastructures appear to be geared to the Net. Faxing them does not always work (as we experienced with Amtrak and WDW particularly).

Hong Kong
The Salisbury (YMCA Hong Kong)
41 Salisbury Rd, Kowloon
Tel. 852-2736-0922 (Mr Sam Tsui),
Fax. 852-2405-0922
e-Mail. sam@asiatravel.com
HK$730 per night (4 nights), disabled room

Seattle, WA
Best Western Loyal Hotel
2301, 8th Ave, Seattle, WA
Tel. 206-682 0200,
Fax. 206-467 8984
$96 + 15% per night (2 nights), disabled room

Vancouver, Canada
YWCA of Vancouver
733 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Tel. 604-895 5830,
Fax. 604-681 2550
e-Mail: (ywcavan_hotel@bc.sympatico.ca)
http://www.ywcavan.org/VYWHOME.HTM
CAN$228.80 total (2 nights), disabled room

AMTRAK
e-Mail. amtrak_p@ix.netcom.com
http://www.amtrak.com/

Glacier National Park (Montana)
The Blue & White Motel
US Hwy2 E (E.Idaho St, between 5&7th Str), Kalispell
Tel. 406-755 4311,
Fax. 406-755 4330
e-mail. Grimm Storli [blue@digisys.net]
http://www.blu-white.com/index.htm
$52 per night (2 nights), including breakfast, disabled room.

Las Vegas, NV
Circus Circus Hotel
880 Las Vegas Blvd S, LV
Tel. 702-734 0410, 0800-634 3450,
Fax. 702-734 5897
e-Mail. cclvres@intermind.net
http://www.vegas.com/hotelsngaming/home.cfm
$53.41 including tax per night (2 nights), disabled room

Utah
Refer to the National Park Services website for all the info at: http://www.nps.gov/parks.html

Zion National Park, UT

Driftwood Lodge
1515 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale
Tel. 435-772 3262, 0800-528 1234
Fax. 435-772 3702
$80 + 10% tax per night (2 nights), disabled room

Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Bryce Pioneer Village, 80 S. .Main, Tropic,
Tel. 435-679 8546, 0800-222 0381
Fax. 435-679 8607
$60 + 9.8% tax per night (1 night)

Canyonlands National Park & Arches National Park, UT
Red Stone Inn
535 S. Main, Moab
Tel. 801 / 435-259 3500, 0800-772 1972
Fax. 435-259 2717
$61.69 including tax per night (3 nights)

Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park Boulder (with friends)

New Orleans, LA
St. Ann Marie Antionette Hotel
730 Rue Bienville, New Orleans
Tel 504-581 7300 / 525 2300, 0800-535 9706
Fax. 504-524 8925
e-Mail. reservations@stlouishotel.com
http://www.frenchquarter.com/?file=marie.html
$115 incl tax per night (2 nights), disabled room

Orlando (Walt Disney World), FL
Port Orleans Resort
Tel. 407-934 5000
Fax. 407-824 3232
http://disney.go.com/DisneyWorld/Resorts/index.html
$143 including tax per night (5 nights), disabled room

London, U.K.
London School of Economics
178 High Holborn
Tel. 0944-0171-574 4800
Fax. 0944-171-379 5640
http://www.lse.ac.uk/
45 per night (6 nights) for a disabled room.

Orlando, FL
Dixie Landings Resort, Walt Disney World
Tel. 407-934-6000),
Mears Motor Shuttle (Tel. 407-422-4561),

Washington, D.C.
Harrington Hotel
11th & E Str. N.West
Tel. 202-628-8140,
800-424-8532),
$470.80 including tax (5-nights), disabled room

New York, NY
Pennsylvania New York
401, 7th Ave.
Tel. 212-736-5000, 800-223-8585),
$104 sharing, disabled room

Boston, MA
The Farrington Inn
23 Farrington Ave, Allston Station
Tel. 617-787-1860, 800-767-5337
$60 + tax, including breakfast

Yellowstone National Park, WY
Old Faithful Inn
Tel. 307-344-7311
$110, disabled room

Jackson, WY
The Antler Inn
Glenwood & Pearl St.
Tel. 307-733-2535,
800-522-2406),
$88 + tax

San Diego, CA
Hotel Circle Inn & Suites
2201 So..Hotel Circle
Tel. 619-291-2711
$61.88 + tax, disabled room, free parking

Sequoia National Park, CA
The River Inn
Tel. 209-561-4367), $51 + tax

Yosemite N. Park, CA
The Narrow Gauge Inn
Tel. 209-683-7720), $85 + tax

San Francisco, CA
The Coventry Motor Inn
1901 Lombard St.
Tel. 415-567-1200),
$80 + tax, disabled room, free parking

Orlando, FL
Orlando, Marriott Orlando World Centre, FL

8701 World Center Dr, Tel. 407-239-4200, 800-228-9290
$200+ sharing, disabled room

Doric Motel, Victoria
(no details available)

Grand Tetons National Park
(stayed in Jackson Hole, refer above)

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Accommodation: The Blue Spruce
(no details available)

We've covered a number of aspects of our tours but feel sure that we have left out some important points. We trust that our experiences were of interest, and possibly benefit, to you. Should you have any queries, or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours faithfully,

Hilton Purvis & Loretta Jakubiec
P O Box 371, Noordhoek, 7985, South Africa
Tel & Fax +27 21 789 1114
e-mail: hbp@norwich.co.za

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