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Allentown...
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Trip Ideas for mobility impaired

We will be spending a week at the Welk Resort with my parents. Would you please suggest some trip ideas that do not require much walking. I would also be very interested in sugggested routes for scenic drives.

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1. Re: Trip Ideas for mobility impaired

Hi, can you provide a little more information? Are you looking for wheelchair accessible locations or just things that require a minimum of walking in flat areas? When will you be coming? Can you tell me about your interests? Not far from Welk are lots of wineries and breweries, of course the beach is less than 30 miles to the west, we have lots of casinos, movie theaters, etc etc... Let me know what type of things you are interested in and I will be happy to make some suggestions.

For scenic drives, you may consider driving along the beach.. from Oceanside to Solana Beach you can use Coast Hwy and get plenty of ocean views and you'll also run through a few little beach towns like Carlsbad, Encinitas & Solana Beach where you could stop for lunch. You could also head inland and take a drive through the hills from Escondido to Julian and Lake Cuyamaca just down the road. Julian is a cute little old mining town famous for their apple pies! If you want to have a longer day and go further afield, you could actually take the backroads from Temecula to the palm Springs area... it's a very pretty drive and Palm Springs/Palm Desert have some nice dining and also more casinos out there.

It really depends on your interests!

Allentown...
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2. Re: Trip Ideas for mobility impaired

Thanks for your suggestions. My husband and I are traveling with my parents. My Dad, while not wheelchair bound, has difficulty walking. He does use a wheeled walker for short distance walks (a few blocks). Flat surfaces are best; Steps are tough. We have found that while we are vacationing with them we do a lot of our sightseeing from the comfort of our car.

This will be their first ever trip to California and my husband and my first trip south of LA. I would like to primarily give my parents a flavor of the area's scenic beauty.They have never seen a desert or the Pacific Ocean. We all are huge nature buffs. My parents are avid birders.

Visiting a brew pub would be fun. They would not be interested in wineries or casinos. I think that we would only want to see a movie if we ran into a stretch of bad weather.

We will be visiting 4/13 - 4/20.

Thanks again for your help!

edmonton
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3. Re: Trip Ideas for mobility impaired

if you feel like a full day trip, you could drive from escondido, through hemet and go to palm springs. a couple choices there...go to joshua tree park is is beautiful for see from the car and those who are more mobile, there are a few lookouts you could go to. or, take the tram up the mountain. palm springs is very wheel chair friendly. you could have a late lunch/early dinner and head back to escondido. the drive, one way would take about 90 minutes.

as mentioned above, another great day would be drive to oceanside, take the coast road down and head to la jolla. la jolla has a lot of hills so not a great walking area but, you could drop the folks off down by the ocean (la jolla cove) and there are flat, nice sidewalks to walk/wheel around. some beautiful ocean view restaurants for lunch or dinner. la jolla is pricy though so if you want to keep costs down, stop at one of the smaller towns - solana beach, encinitas for your meal.

Escondido...
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4. Re: Trip Ideas for mobility impaired

I like to recommend a trip to Stone Brewing just because it's a really beautiful location and they have good beer and tasty food. It is a little on the pricey side, though, but close to where you are staying.

There are a lot of things to see from your car, but there are also a lot of tours you can grab in San Diego. The trolley tour does a circle of the San Diego proper area with some commentary on what you're seeing. They also have one of those duck type tours that does land and water, so that could be fun as well. Of course there are tons of boat tours, too, if you want to take them out on the water. You'll be arriving on the very tail end of whale watching season, but they have other nice harbor tours, some including a meal, too. And if you drive down in to San Diego, you can go down the Point Loma peninsula all the way to Cabrillo National Monument ( http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm ), you'll go through residential neighborhoods, past the National Cemetery and then into the park. At the park there are things to see for all ability levels. You can take a look at the visitor center and watch one or more of the audio visual presentations and check out the museums fairly easily. If up for it, you can take the walk to the lighthouse, but that might be a little much for your dad as would hiking down to the tide pools, but there is a lot to see and it's really beautiful there and a nice drive to boot. Then on your way back, you can hit one of the great restaurants in that area (I recommend Island Prime/C Level because it's AMAZING and right on the route). Keep in mind that while there is a fee per car for the park, if you have a National Park pass it's free and seniors get a lifetime pass for $10, people with permanent disabilities get a lifetime pass for free! You can get it right at the entrance booth. Then you'll always have it!

The road trips mentioned before and above are all good ones for seeing the area and they will definitely take you from the ocean to the desert if you want to. You can go into tall mountains by heading in to the San Jacinto area a little north and the desert is all around: Palm Springs, yes, but also if you head south down to the 8 freeway and go east, you get into the desert again fairly quickly. So much to see!

Also, while I wouldn't recommend the Wild Animal park, now called the Safari park because it is VERY hilly, the San Diego Zoo has a zoo bus that tours the grounds, so you could technically visit there without too much walking involved, of course you would only be getting an overview, but it is locatedi n Balboa Park ( http://www.balboapark.org/ )which is a really nice park. There are many museums, but also it's nice to see the grounds and the buildings and gardens and the old Globe Theater is located there as is the Youth Symphony, the Science Museum IMAX theater, and the Spreckels Organ pavillion. SO even if you weren't up to walking through the museums, you could check to see if any shows were scheduled and kind of explore the park with minimal stops.

As for meals, we have a million amazing restaurants from the Welk all the way down to downtown San Diego, so you have a lot to choose from, just depends what you want to eat - it will be around somewhere.

I hope that helps! If I think of anything else, I'll definitely let you know.

Allentown...
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5. Re: Trip Ideas for mobility impaired

Thanks for your wonderful suggestions. It sounds like there are lots of great things to do. I'm sure that our time in area is going to pass entirely too quickly.

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