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Maryland: Historic Wheelchair Accessibility

There's rich American history around every corner in Maryland, one of the original 13 colonies. The beauty of a Maryland vacation is that you're about an hour's drive from Washington, DC, which opens up another whole world of exciting attractions, though there are plenty of wheelchair accessible attractions in The Old Line State (a designation said to have been given by General George Washington himself!) to keep you busy during your visit.

National Aquarium, Baltimore

Beluga Whale

America's National Aquarium opened its doors in 1837 in Wood's Hole, Massachusetts and spent some time in Washington, DC before finding a permanent home in Baltimore. Award-winning habitats are home to more than 17,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals. Full accessibility invites you to explore the Amazon River Forest and Animal Planet Australia, a Jellies Invasion, a Tropical Rain Forest. The Blacktip Reef is a stunning exhibit that replicates an Indo-Pacific reef with more than 700 animals that include blacktip reef sharks. A 4D immersion theater, where you'll "Experience Sense-ational Entertainment," puts you up close and personal with the sights, sounds, and smells that accompany the forces of nature in spectacular wildlife films. Water-wonderful way to spend a day!

American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

Artist's Pallette

The operative words are "visionary art." Visionary art refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, typically with no formal training. Their works emerge from an intuitive personal vision that thrives on the creative act itself. The museum was founded by a woman who had the unique idea for a museum and education center that stressed "intuitive creative invention and grassroots genius." The artwork, in a variety of media, is as engaging as the stories of the artists whose work is featured. Besides rotating exhibits, the museum's permanent collection includes work by visionaries like Dr. Temple Grandin, whose autism gave her great insight into the welfare and needs of animals, and Hawkins Bolden, whose artwork belies his blindness. You won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind museum.

Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, Baltimore

Cathedral Basilica

As America's First Cathedral, the Baltimore Basilica is a National Shrine, a National Historic Landmark, and the co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Famous for its history, architecture, and art, the Basilica was completed in 1821. The cathedral is a neo-classical-style building that conforms to a Latin cross basilica design. A $32M restoration, for which wheelchair accessibility was a high priority, was completed in 2006. According to one visitor's experience posted on TripAdvisor.com, "The light through the windows on a cold winter day was stunning." Mass is held there daily, and free guided tours are available. Next to the Basilica, you'll find the beautiful Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden. Visitors of all faiths are welcome.

Fort McHenry National Monument, Baltimore

Fort McHenry

When you tour this legendary national monument, keep in mind that Francis Scott Key, a Maryland lawyer, was watching "the bombs bursting in air" over this hallowed ground when he wrote America's national anthem during the War of 1812. In fact, Fort McHenry is billed as the "Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner." You can't get much closer to history than that. Because it's part of the National Park Service, Fort McHenry is "mostly" accessible, and totally worth a few hours of your time in Maryland. The star-shaped fort sits on the Maryland coast and is surrounded by a moat designed to serve as a shelter for infantry defending the fort from a land attack. Honored with its own quarter under the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, you can see the real thing for less than that!

Power Plant Live!, Baltimore

Rock Concert

Welcome to Baltimore's one-stop, accessible shop for fun and entertainment day or night, and especially at night! This high-voltage Power Plant is located one block from Baltimore's Downtown Inner Harbor, where you can "dine, drink, and play" at one or more of the restaurants, bars, and night spots, like the Baltimore Comedy Factory, a concert pavilion, and a place called Howl at the Moon, which promises an unusual show. It's a rollicking, dueling piano show (though other instruments are showcased, too) purely centered around audience requests. "You say it, we'll play it!" In fact, several music venues are on tap at this location. Whatever your culinary taste, the Power Plant should be able to satisfy with eateries that include a fine steak house, a beer garden, and Joe Squared, a pizza place that appeared on the TV show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and was chosen one of the nation's best pizza places by Food Network magazine and Food Nation. Sounds like a great place to get plugged in!

B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore

Steam Locomotive

If you've ever played the original board game Monopoly, you might have bought the B&O Railroad a time or two. Yep, it's the very same one—and the one in Baltimore has a train or two waiting for you! The Mile One Express Train Ride can accommodate up to three wheelchairs on a 20-minute trip along the mile of commercial train track laid in America, which is why the site is acknowledged as the birthplace of American railroading. Started in the late 19th century as a trade show exhibit for the railroad, the vast collection of railroad artifacts was the genesis of the B&O Railroad Museum, which is now "the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world." All aboard for a fascinating look at the country's rich railroading history!

Camden Yards, Baltimore

Baseball Game

Baseball's powerhouse Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, and he was first signed to play minor-league ball for the Baltimore Orioles, who soon sold him to the Boston Red Sox. Moving past that little error in judgment, Baltimore's major-league baseball (MLB) team plays in Oriole Park at Camden Yards from April to September's regular season, and accessible seating is available. So are tours of the ballpark, which opened in 1992. Nestled in a historic neighborhood, the retro-style ballpark figured prominently in the revitalization of the urban area, inspiring other MLB teams to build their new parks in downtown locations. In 2013, TripAdvisor.com named Oriole Park the #3 ballpark in the U.S. Take yourself out to the ballpark, where there's no "plate" like home!

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland

Scenic Railroad

Far away from the big-city bustle of Baltimore at the western side of Maryland is a scenic railroad train with a boarding ramp for wheelchairs and a sight-seeing journey that will last more than 20 minutes! While you traverse the stunning scenery of the Allegheny Mountains, a narrator on the train enlightens you about the scenery, history, and culture along the way. The season for scenic train travel starts at the beginning of May. Reservations are recommended, as is arriving at least 45 minutes before the daily 11:30AM departure time for those who require additional time to board. The train goes to Frostburg, MD, with a 1 1/2 hour layover for lunch, when you can enjoy the shops and restaurants on the city's Main Street before heading back.

Maryland Live! Casino, Hanover

Roulette Wheel

Not everyone is a gambler, but for those vacationers who are, Maryland Live! is the largest casino in the state. On the casino's web site, at the top of the page, they keep a running count of payouts to guests, and at this writing, the number was almost $9 billion. The casino's full accessibility means everyone is welcome to take a chance at picking up a little extra cash for vacation fun. You can try your luck at table games like blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker, or settle in at a slot machine. As with most casinos, you'll have your choice of several restaurants, including the ever-popular Cheesecake Factory, and there's a concert venue that also hosts karaoke nights, so you have another chance to be a winner! It's a safe bet you'll have a good time here!

Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg

Antietam

Civil War buffs won't want to miss this historic battlefield that has the dubious distinction of hosting "the bloodiest one-day battle in American history." If you own or have rented a vehicle equipped for wheelchair access, you'll be able to take the self-guided, 8 1/2 mile tour through the battlefield, which has eleven stops along the way. Stops include Mr. Miller's Cornfield, an unlikely setting for a major war zone, Sunken Road, which was just a dirt farm lane used by farmers until troops took it over, and Burnside Bridge, known as the Lower Bridge before the war and renamed for Major General Ambrose Burnside, the leader of the Union forces that took the bridge. The Visitor Center is also a museum—start there to go back in time!

There's one more exciting, accessible, classic opportunity in Maryland. If you're a fan of "the sport of kings," a mid-May visit offers the opportunity for you to attend one of horse racing's famed Triple Crown events. The Preakness is the second jewel in the crown, it pays off handsomely as one of life's unique experiences, and it will be another unforgettable moment in your Maryland vacation!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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
2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$33,495 $33,995


  • Stock #: 180968T
  • Mileage: 39,677 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant

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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