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North Carolina: Blue Skies and Big Accessible Fun

Pepsi, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, miniature golf, and human flight all got their start in North Carolina. Not only did North Carolinians provide a way for you to get to their state (and everywhere else on the planet!) quickly—they made sure there would be plenty of food, drinks, and fun. From the cloud-covered peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the magnificent beaches of the Outer Banks, North Carolina is a sight to behold and brimming with accessible attractions!


Ashville at Twilight

Famed Biltmore Estate is in Asheville, and it is a sight to behold. Because of its historic architecture, only the first and second floors are accessible by wheelchair, which is why they offer a reduced-price admission. There's plenty more to see there besides the 255-room mansion, and the vast landscape alone is worth the visit. Also in the area is the luxurious Grove Park Inn, an amazing Folk Art Center filled with regional handcrafts, Pisgah National Forest, poet Carl Sandburg's beautiful antebellum home (wheelchair accessible with a lift to the second floor), and don't miss Asheville's dynamically designed, bustling downtown, lined with wonderful shops and restaurants. This is the definitely place to explore your inner artist!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville

Great Smoky Mountains

As you read through the highlights of a North Carolina vacation, you'll recognize the advantages of having a van with wheelchair access on this journey. The state is a feast for the senses—particularly the eyes—and the "road trips" are filled with sights to behold and all the amenities of a national park.. The Great Smoky Mountains is one of these. In Cherokee, NC, named for the Native American tribe that inhabited the region, you can spend a day experiencing their culture and heritage with a visit to the Museum of the Cherokee and an outdoor drama presentation called "Unto These Hills." Harrah's Casino and Resort is also in the area. Go in autumn for a festival of fall colors beyond your imagination.

Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee

Native American Playing Recorder

As long as you're in Cherokee, stop by the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a replica of an 18th-century eastern Cherokee community. It's living history, where you'll see Native Americans in authentic attire demonstrate basketry, weaving, mask-making, pottery, arrowhead knapping, canoe carving, beadworking, and cooking. In fact, they offer classes in some of these crafts. You'll step inside traditional dwellings, learn the meaning of their music and dances, watch a game of stickball, and explore sacred ritual sites. You're immersed in the lifestyle of these indigenous peoples as they lived in the 1760s, including their preparations for war. A reviewer on TripAdvisor.com called it "a rare opportunity to view a way of life that recognized the nobility of man."

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

"Scenic" doesn't even begin to describe this stretch of American road that connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. You don't have to travel the entire 469 miles to understand why the Blue Ridge Parkway has been named "America's Favorite Drive." The dozens of attractions along the drive will keep you entertained along the way, or you can simply take in the serene Southern landscape that makes this strip of asphalt so worth the time. As in the Great Smoky Mountains, autumn on the Parkway is a divine experience, proving "it's not the destination—it's the journey" in colors that must be seen to be believed.

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills

Wright Brothers and Plane

Expect more than just a memorial to two brothers who built a way to travel that highway in the sky. You'll also see a replica of the first powered aircraft—designed, built, and flown plane flown first by Orville Wright for 12 seconds on this very spot in 1903. His brother Wilbur took the plane for three more outings that day, with the fourth flight lasting 59 seconds. The Wright Brothers never dreamed their small success would be the beginning of an industry that would one day take us to the moon and beyond. The Visitor Center houses a full-scale reproduction of their flying machine, the engine block from the original flyer, and a reproduction of the brothers' first wind tunnel, and you'll learn what it took to get the airline industry off the ground!

NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte


A must-see for avid NASCAR fans, the Hall of Fame in Charlotte is an interactive entertainment attraction that brings the history and heritage of NASCAR front and center. Along with treasured artifacts, the high-tech facility features interactive exhibits, videos, and a 278-seat theater. The banked ramp that leads to the second floor is called Glory Road, highlighting historic cars and tracks. The Champions exhibit showcases exactly what you'd expect it to—recent past champions of NASCAR's three national touring series, and it's updated every year—with an adjacent Victory Lane. There's even a Rockin' & Racin' exhibit that highlights the connections between NASCAR, the drivers, and musicians who have an affinity for the sport. Vacationers, start your engines!

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts, Charlotte

African-American Artist at Work

Spend some quality time celebrating the contributions of Africans and African-American art to American Culture in a building as intriguing as the art it holds. The wheelchair-accessible Gantt Center is a community hub for visual art, film, music, dance, theater, and literature. The four-storey Center hosts limited-engagement exhibits from the Smithsonian and other internationally recognized museums, and its prized exhibit is the celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art. Harvey B. Gantt brings a bit of history to the Center, too. He was Charlotte's first black mayor and the first African-American Student at Clemson University. As for this exceptional museum, prepare to be visually stunned.

Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Kids at Interactive Exhibit

What adults call a museum is a giant playground to kids who might not even suspect that the fun they're having is educational. That said, grown-ups can have a lot of fun here, too. It's called Marbles because there's a wall filled with more than a million marbles, and wraps around the museum. The marbles light up at night. Inside are interactive exhibits that encourage children to create, innovate, be healthy, be active, connect and communicate, build their brains, and grow up green. The exhibits have cool names like Kid Grid, IdeaWorks, Moneypalooza, Power2Play, and STEMosphere. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics. This accessible happy place will delight the whole family!

Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville

Historic Military Aircraft

Fans of U.S. military will definitely want to land at this fascinating museum filled with hundreds of rare, significant artifacts that show the origins of airborne military action and its advancements over the decades, from early airborne through World War II, Korea and the Cold War, Viet Nam and beyond. As custodian of these historic relics, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) collects, preserves, manages, interprets, and exhibits these artifacts. Learn how the use of parachutes, gliders, and special operations forces changed the field of battle forever. One cool-sounding exhibit in the museum is a replica of a portion of a French village as it was during the Normandy invasion in 1944. Here's your chance to honor the soldiers of the skies!

Carolina Basketball Museum, Chapel Hill

UNC Basketball Player

No visit to North Carolina would be complete without stopping the legendary University of North Carolina and the Carolina Basketball Museum. It is, after all, where hoops genius Dean Smith coached and Michael Jordan played college ball before setting a new standard on the professional level. Just the video highlights of this five-time NCAA national basketball championship juggernaut can keep you enthralled for hours. Billed as a 'living, breathing' tribute to Tar Heel b-ball that begins with a six-minute theater presentation, the museum maintains a collection of memorabilia that includes interactive presentations of Carolina's 18 (and counting!) Final Four appearances and other reminders of a storied college basketball program. Go Heels!

As you make those scenic drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway and through the Great Smoky Mountains, you'll pass by small NC towns that still retain the southern charm of Sheriff Andy Taylor's Mayberry on your way to sophisticated NC cities where the livin' is easy and the accessible attractions make for a fine family vacation!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2019 Handicap Van for Sale - 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RC1BG5KR612993

Chrysler Pacifica Touring L
VMI Northstar Conversion

$49,499 $51,499

  • Stock #: 20070004
  • Mileage: 27,984 Miles
  • Color: White
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Location: Call For Details
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, Parking Sensors, Heated Seats, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2019 Handicap Van for Sale - 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C7WDGCGXKR796218

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
AMS Vans Galaxy Conversion

$53,999 $55,999

  • Stock #: D1915242
  • Mileage: 11 Miles
  • Color: Red
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Location: Call For Details
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2019 Handicap Van for Sale - 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C7WDGCG1KR796222

Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
AMS Vans Galaxy Conversion

$52,999 $54,999

  • Stock #: D1915246
  • Mileage: 15 Miles
  • Color: Knuckle
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Features: N/A

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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


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


  • 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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