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Alaska’s Wheelchair Accessible Destinations and Resources

With an enticing array of indoor and outdoor adventures, the final frontier of Alaska is much more accessible than you might realize

When you think of Alaska, there’s little doubt that the splendor of untouched natural beauty is the first thing that comes to mind. But what you might not realize is that this amazing state has made remarkable strides towards greater wheelchair accessibility for all of its indoor and outdoor attractions. Here are just a few of the adventures waiting for you in accessible Alaska.

Outdoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations

Alaska is a veritable sportsperson’s paradise. From landscapes teeming with wildlife to majestic views that much be experienced to be appreciated, Alaska’s wheelchair accessible outdoor destinations offers something for the adventurer in you.


Prince William Sound, Whittier. Prince William Sound is certainly in a class by itself. TripAdvisor.com describes this experience as ‘Beautiful! Breathtaking! Beyond Description! I have heard about Prince William Sound, but never imagined that it would be such an embracing sight’. There are a number of ways to take in Prince William Sound, including wheelchair accessible boat tours and railroad tours.


Northern Lights, Fairbanks. Also known as the aurora borealis, the prime viewing season for one of the most visually spectacular sights in the United States is in the dead of winter, when it's dark and frigid in Alaska. If you're an adventurous wheelchair user, bundle up and get out there in in the middle of the night in January or February for electric views beyond compare.


Chena Hot Springs Resort & Ice Museum, Fairbanks. Imagine relaxing in therapeutic hot springs watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky. The 100+ year-old Chena Hot Springs Resort is open every day of the year. It's "the most developed hot springs destination in Alaska." The resort is wheelchair accessible, and the natural, outdoor hot springs Rock Lake is accessible with assistance.

Indoor Wheelchair Accessible Destinations

While the outdoors is certainly something to rave about, Alaska’s indoor accessible adventures are just as exciting. From history to culture and beyond, those visitors with limitations that keep them indoors will find just as much to enjoy. Every city in this state holds a wealth of opportunities to learn and enjoy — and you’ll be pleased at the increased wheelchair accessibility built into these attractions.


Anchorage Museum, Anchorage. Discover the story of Alaska—its vision, spirit, and culture—at the Anchorage Museum through art, history, and science. The museum houses artwork by Alaskans and artists worldwide in permanent exhibits and more than 20 touring exhibitions each year. This wheelchair accessible museum has a gift shop and restaurant called Muse on the premises.


Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, Fairbanks. Every motorcar in this collection was handpicked for either its historical significance, technological innovation or rarity. Both rare and historically significant is the car that was the territory's very first automobile, built in 1905 by a man who had never seen a motor car before. In 2012, popular travel site TripAdvisor.com awarded the museum its prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. You 'auto' not miss this wheelchair accessible museum!


Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka. Here's what Candy Harrington, known as the 'guru of accessible travel', says about the Alaska Raptor Center: "The Alaska Raptor Center features excellent access. Their mission is to treat, rehabilitate, and release injured raptors (hawks, eagles, falcons, and other birds of prey) back into the wild while providing a safe home for those raptors too injured”. There's wheelchair accessible fun throughout our 49th state, and it's no wonder their state flower is the wild forget-me-not. Your vacation to the Alaskan wild won't be forgotten anytime soon!

Alaska’s Wheelchair Accessible Resources

As you put together your vacation plan to Alaska piece by piece, you’ll be impressed by the digital and physical resources dedicated to giving you access to almost everything you want to see and do. Here are just a few of the tools at your disposal as you schedule this once-in-a-lifetime experience to one of the most impressive states in our country.


Visit Anchorage Alaska. Found at https://www.anchorage.net/, this website is one of the most comprehensive collections of information on wheelchair accessibility for experiences in Anchorage and beyond. You can schedule mobility equipment, acquire partner guides, and purchase tickets to the most exciting experiences in the state.


Accessible Juneau. The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau is another excellent resource for accessibility information to one of Alaska’s biggest and best cities for visitors. From accessible public transportation and lodging to wheelchair rentals, visit http://www.juneau.org/ for the latest in availability.


Alaska.org Wheelchair Accessible RV Parks. For those who loving camping in your RVs, Alaska is dotted with an array of wheelchair accessible camping sites that are ready for you. Visit http://www.alaska.org/where-to-stay/wheelchair-accessible for the latest information on locations and reservations.


For more information on the ‘AMS Vans Advantage’, contact one of our knowledgeable, compassionate mobility specialists — either by phone at 800-391-1518 or using our convenient web form — and, we'll be happy to answer all of your questions.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2017 Handicap Van for Sale - 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RDGCG7HR581088

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
AMS Vans Legend II Conversion

$36,499 $37,495


  • Stock #: 581088
  • Mileage: 46,448 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2017 Handicap Van for Sale - 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RDGCG4HR692696

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
AMS Vans Legend II Conversion

$34,999 $35,999


  • Stock #: 692696
  • Mileage: 50,737 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2017 Handicap Van for Sale - 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2c4rdgcg6hr737931

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
AMS Vans Legend II Conversion

$34,999 $35,999


  • Stock #: 737931
  • Mileage: 51,002 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor

Wheelchair van exterior and interior quality inspection

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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