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Idaho's Handicap Accessible Holidays

If the first thing you think of when you think of Idaho is potatoes, think again! The Gem State is definitely a gem when it comes to wheelchair accessible fun!

Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls

Idaho's Accessible Waterfalls

Check out the extraordinary exhibits and activities at the Museum of Idaho! You'll learn history and science while exploring permanent exhibits like the Eagle Rock, which houses artifacts related to the 1880s. The Race for Atomic Power tells the story of the nuclear energy era in Idaho.

Other exhibits cover the human body, the Lewis and Clark expedition, dinosaurs, and insects!

The museum is accessible with an elevator and ramps.

Tautphaus Park Zoo, Idaho Falls

Accessible Zoo Penguin

Discover your wild side at the Tautphaus Park Zoo! You'll see more than 400 animals, representing 100 different species. The top attractions within the zoo are the Primate Discovery Center, the African Penguins, and the Asian Adventure.

Don't pass up the Children's Zoo, where you can pet, feed, and play with the animals, and enjoy an Animal Encounters Wild Animal Show!

Wheelchairs are available on site. The zoo is handicap accessible and has parking for wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Discovery Center of Idaho, Boise

Accessible Science

Bring your kids and and your adventurous side to navigate more than 200 interactive exhibits at the Discovery Center of Idaho (DCI). You'll learn about everything from the human body to coin presses! You can create your own seven-foot-tall tornado, capture your shadow on a photo-sensitive wall, play with prisms, and much more!

The Discovery Center of Idaho's facility is fully wheelchair accessible. Because of the hands-on, eyes-on, hearts-on nature of the exhibits, DCI is a wonderful place for people with different abilities to experience and learn more about our world.

Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho's Accessible Fishing

Are you looking for a place to go fishing in Idaho? Cast your line in waters surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in America. Fly fishing in Idaho is an unforgettable experience. The state is swimming with trout, salmon, bass, and other sport fish.

The state has many accessible places to choose from to enjoy a day of fishing. Visit here to view regions that have hard-finished unloading pads, pathways to accessible restrooms, boat ramps, accessible fishing platforms and, depending on the location, accessible picnic tables and shelters.

Wheelchair Accessible Trails in Idaho

Wheelchair Accessible Trails

If you'd like to enjoy Idaho's great outdoors, check out ID Accessible Trails. Different trails offer diverse scenery like towering trees, rivers, railroads, and observation areas, and some have educational centers where you can learn about Idaho's history and her citizens. Click here to see many of the accessible trails Idaho has to offer!

Most of the trails are accessible because they're either asphalt, concrete, or grass.

The Centennial Observatory, Twin Falls

Fully Handicapped Accessible Observatory

The Centennial Observatory features one of the world's largest fully handicapped-accessible public telescopes. You can take a wheelchair accessible elevator to the observatory and observing deck under a 20-foot motorized dome. An optical "periscope" allows access to the telescope for guests using a wheelchair.

The Observatory offers monthly star parties, astronomy-talk nights, and Telescope Tuesdays that take place one hour after sunset.

Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise

Old Penitentiary With Wheelchair Access

In 1872 the Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors and became home to some of the West's most atrocious criminals. You'll explore solitary confinement, cell blocks, and may even bump into a ghost or two! The penitentiary features more than 30 historic buildings and exhibitions, like the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms and Armaments.

Most of the site is wheelchair accessible. Some ground and sidewalks may be uneven, so they recommend you have a companion. Additionally, the gallows, death row, and witness area are not accessible; however, there are photos for you to view.

Idaho Potato Museum, Blackfoot

Accessible Potato Museum

Did you know the average American eats 137.9 pounds of potatoes annually? The potato is about 80% water and 20% solids, and an 8-ounce baked or boiled potato has only about 100 calories!

Visit the Idaho Potato Museum, built in 1912, to learn all about Idaho's most famous product--the potato. Educational exhibits feature old farming equipment, the world's largest potato chip, 1,600-year-old vessels made in Peru, and a video about the development of the potato industry.

There is ADA parking and handicap access at the museum.

Lava Hot Springs Vacation Resort, Lava Hot Springs

Wheelchair Accessible Lava Hot Springs

The healing properties of hot springs, which contain a variety of minerals, are natural therapies to help ease aches and pains, and loosen joints and help mobility. It's hydrotherapy, and at Lava Hot Springs, you get relief in remarkable surroundings.

Take a dip in the COOLER Hot Pool, enjoy the Olympic Swimming Complex, or relax in the natural hot springs. More than 2.5 million gallons of pure mineral water pump through the hot springs every day. The spring's temperatures range from 102 degrees to 112 degrees. The deck surrounding the pools have a snow-melt system so the springs are always accessible.

All the Lava Hot Springs pools and restrooms at both Hot Pools and Swimming Pools are handicap accessible. There's also a handicap chair lift in the Indoor Aquatic Center's 25-yd. pool.

Idaho has more to offer than just potatoes! Get the family together and head out to Idaho for a fantastic wheelchair accessible vacation!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2013 Used 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$30,690 $31,690


  • Stock #: 788309T
  • Mileage: 95,939 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2012 Used 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring L Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring L
USED VMI Northstar Conversion

$39,999 $41,999


  • Stock #: 323208
  • Mileage: 22,717 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: N/A
2012 Used 2012 Volkswagen Routan SE Wheelchair Van

USED Volkswagen Routan SE
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$29,995 $31,495


  • Stock #: 293753
  • Mileage: 92,295 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty

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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