ACCESS TRAVEL TIPS
Juneau, the capital of Alaska is a very nice city with a variety of wildlife – bald eagles, seals, whales, and bears to name a few – everywhere you look. Despite being a small city (~30,000 people), it is full of great sites. There are some wheelchair accessible hiking trails where you can observe impressive glaciers and ice fields.
Prospector Hotel: www.prospectorhotel.com – (907) 586-3737“The outer door is manual. Very nice wheelchair accessibility, except that doors operated with a key rather than a card. Rooms are large with lots of extra space. The room had a very large bathroom with roll in shower and bench seat. The hotel had a wheelchair accessible restaurant attached. The hotel was centrally located downtown, and there is a wheelchair accessible grocery store a few blocks away.”
Travelodge Hotel: www.travelodge.com – (907) 789-9700 2 Queen bed wheelchair accessible rooms with roll in shower and bench seat. Accessible restaurant attached.
Visitors arrive to GUSTAVUS by plane or ferry as there are no outside roads connected to the area. Air taxis, Alaska airlines jet, and an Alaska Marine ferry provide service to Gustavus from Juneau during the summer months. There are a variety of hosted Inns, Bed & Breakfasts in Gustavus and a lodge in the National Park. Visitors can easily spend a few days exploring the dock, beach, forelands and back roads of Gustavus. 360 degree views of mountains with wildflowers in the foreground are the setting for many memorable photos. The flat and open terrain and asphalt surface make for pleasant wheeling.
Gustavus Visitors Association: www.gustavusak.com
Flights: Alaska Air www.alaskaair.com flies their jet into Gustavus once a day. They have a wheelchair ramp. Fjord Flying www.fjordflying.com 877-460-2377 can accommodate wheelchair travelers – it is a little more of an adventure but worth the effort, there is nothing quite like a bush flight.
Gustavus Inn, Phone: 907.697.2254 Toll Free: 800.649.5220 Fax: 907.697.2255
Annie Mae Lodge Phone: 907.697.2346 Toll Free: 800.478.2346 Fax: 907.697.2211
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.anniemae.com
TRANSPORTATION: There is not an accessible vehicle in town-yet, give me time I am trying to work on one :). But there are lots of willing hands at TLC Taxi :907/697-2239 . The Inns above all offer transportation around town and to the boat.
ACTIVITIES: The park lodge has a museum you can access by elevator and a short trail. The roads are safe for walking, biking and wheeling. There is one accessible trail but after the boardwalk ends you either turn back or if you have a strong buddy or two getting over the rough patches is doable to finish the whole trail. Going off road is ok if you are aware the ground can become boggy and that bears and moose abound in this wilderness.
The Bartlett Cove (NPS) docks are easily accessible at high tide. We have up to 24′ tides and floating docks so the ramps can become steep at low tide. Depending on your level of adventure or assistance, the docks can be accessed at all tides. There are hand rails as well as the lodges can drive you down to the boat in our van.
In Gustavus, The Nagoon Berry trail is accessible, maybe a few boggy spots. This is a gorgeous trail through woods muskeg, moose browse area and around by the beach.