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Montana's Wheelchair Accessible Majesty

Wheelchair accessible majesty, indeed! You won't be surprised to learn that the state's name comes from the Spanish word for "mountains." Two of the most visually spectacular national parks are here in The Treasure State, which could have easily inspired the lyric "For purple mountain majesties" in the song, America the Beautiful. Montana is the fourth largest US state, so it might be helpful to bring or rent a wheelchair accessible van to see as much as possible when you visit. All the attractions below are accessible!

Glacier National Park, Glacier

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Often called "the crown jewel of the continent", the unequalled beauty of Glacier National Park has the potential to make your camera scream for mercy. Going-To-The-Sun Road, which spans the width of the park and crosses the Continental Divide, takes you by glacial lakes, cedar forests, alpine tundra, and views that will be etched in your memory forever. Plan to go during late spring and summer months--as you might imagine, enormous amounts of snow will close the road as early as October, reopening sometime in early June of the following year. There are handicap accessible campgrounds and lodging inside the park--you just might want to surround yourself with splendor for more than a day.

Western Heritage Center, Billings

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Vast plains, snow-capped mountains, fertile valleys, crystal clear rivers and lakes--everything under the Big Sky in Montana was in the care of Native Americans before the western expansion of the United States. Their reverence for the land, sky, water, and all living things is legendary. The Western Heritage Center gathers, preserves, and shares stories of the Yellowstone River Valley and the northern High Plains--and the people, both Native Americans and the pioneers who settled there.

From paintings on rock walls to artifacts, letters, photographs, diaries, books, and oral histories told by elders, parents, grandparents, and others, the exhibits are the result of a collaboration between the Western Heritage Center and the Crow Nation, the Northern Cheyenne and the Chippewa Cree. Among the artifacts are fine art, textiles, photographs, recipes, and other memorabilia. There are interactive exhibits and games for the kids. This slice of American history is accessible and eye-opening!

Pictograph Cave State Park

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The Pictograph Caves hold glimpses of Montana's early history. Pictograph Cave, Middle Cave, and Ghost Cave were home to generations of prehistoric hunters who left artifacts and more than 100 still-visible pictographs, also known as rock paintings, with the oldest rock art in the cave estimated at more than 2,000 years. The caves are wheelchair accessible, though some of the paths to get to the caves can be somewhat steep, so they recommend that you come with family or friends.

Along with interpretations of the rock paintings, archaeology, photography, wildlife viewing, camping, and picnicking are just a few of the activities waiting for you at this state park, situated near a fertile valley. Experts believe the valley's potential drew prehistoric humans to the area, beginning its development over time. When you visit, the scenery will help you understand why they settled there.

Beneath the Streets, Havre

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After a 1904 fire destroyed most of the city of Havre (said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France,) business owners decided the best place to rebuild was under the ashes. Though the high point of Havre's history as a rollicking, lawless Western town is over, you can still catch sight of speakeasies, laundries, opium dens, brothels, a bank, a funeral home, and other businesses that moved into their basements post-fire and created this underground city. A series of tunnels connected one business to another. The stories of the area and the businesses are sometimes disturbing, but always fascinating to hear by knowledgeable tour guides. This accessible attraction is your chance to "get down" in Montana! They invite you to "Havre great time!"

C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls

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You won't find another artist who captured the energy and feel of the Old West better than C.M. Russell. Charles Marion Russell dreamed of being a cowboy, and he arrived in Montana a few days after his 16th birthday. As a wrangler for a round-up, he observed cowboys at work during the day, and at night, he would sketch and document the activities and excitement of a cowboy camp. As an admirer of the American Indian, the young man spent time with the Native Americans of the Northern Plains and other regions. Eventually, Russell emerged as one of the most famous painters and sculptors of his generation, vividly capturing the essence of his surroundings in infinite detail.

Because he filled the log studio next to his home with cowboy gear, "horse jewelry", Indian clothing, utilitarian objects, weapons, and other artifacts, C.M. Russell had the ability to precisely depict specific times and events in western history. He was the first "western" artist who lived most of his life in the West, and his work is on display at this wheelchair accessible museum. The astonishing detail and use of color in his artwork will transport you back in time!

Cathedral of St. Helena, Helena

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Taking the name of the city, which was named for St. Helena and later shortened to Helena, this imposing gothic-style cathedral opened its doors for worship in 1914. In 1935, earthquakes struck Montana, and part of the cathedral was destroyed, but the spectacular stained-glass windows were undamaged. A Bavarian manufacturer of stained glass designed and created the windows, which were said to have surpassed any windows made by that company in its first 50 years of existence. The 50 glass windows depict biblical history from the fall of Adam and Eve to the Church in the beginning of the 20th century.

Today, the sprawling church is the Mother church for the Diocese of Helena and Parish for 1,700 households. The sisters of St. Helena minister to hospitals, schools and other institutions in Montana. You can tour the wheelchair accessible cathedral after Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman

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Long before those caves were painted by the first Montanans, dinosaurs ruled the region, and the rocks in Montana have yielded a superabundance of fossils during archeological digs over the decades. The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) displays some of the most famous dinosaur specimens in the world, like Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops. In fact, MOR is a federal repository for fossils, and its collection is considered part of the United States' national treasures. But that's not all you'll discover here.

Follow the evolution of the area from the age of the dinosaurs through the arrival of Native Americans all the way to today. The wheelchair accessible Museum is also home to a living history farm featuring the gorgeous Heirloom Gardens, a Children's Discovery Center, and a planetarium features a look at the night sky in Bozeman as it is on the very day you visit.

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, West Yellowstone

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So much more than an accessible attraction for humans, the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a home for grizzly bears and wolves that had to be removed from the wild because they've become "dangerously comfortable" around humans. While they may be comfortable around us, they might still be dangerous, but this wonderful wildlife park has been created to give us the opportunity to observe, understand, and appreciate grizzlies and gray wolves. Part of the Center's mission focuses on teaching humans the proper steps to make sure bears stay "forever wild."

You can take an OnCell mobile audio tour of the habitat--as you explore, signs provide information, and you can dial into the tour to listen to gripping audio stories about the animals.

Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone

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If you've known about world-famous Yellowstone Park since childhood but have never set foot in this splendiferous part of the planet, here's your chance. After all, you're in the neighborhood on your Montana vacation! Called "The Best Idea America Has Ever Had", Yellowstone is the world's first national park, and it's full of natural wonders. Scenic doesn't even begin to describe it--besides the mountains and forests, you'll marvel at geysers, mud pots, hot springs, and steam vents (more than 10,000), glimpse wildlife that includes bison, bears, wolves, bighorn sheep, bobcats, elk, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and watch a variety of birds, including the bald eagle, soar through that big Montana sky.

Be sure to stop, or even stay, at the Old Faithful Inn. Named after the noteworthy geyser, the inn is a huge, rustic-style lodge with a log and wood-shingle exterior and an enormous lobby highlighted by a massive stone fireplace. You won't find television, radio, air-conditioning or Internet service in this national historic landmark, and you won't miss any of it, because none of that compares to what's right outside your window.

By the end of your Montana vacation, you'll have a deeper understanding of Big Sky Country, why they call it that, and you'll be counting the days until you can return to the incomparably exquisite state aptly called a "treasure."

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2013 Used 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD Wheelchair Van

USED Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD
NEW AMS Legend H Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: 008640
  • Mileage: 74,244 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2016 Used 2016 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$36,995 $37,690


  • Stock #: 238084
  • Mileage: 37,558 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: Backup Camera, DVD Player, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
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

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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