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Wheelchair Accessible Wonders in Marvelous MinnesotaWhat has 10,000 lakes and at least 10 really cool wheelchair accessible attractions? It's Minnesota--a beautiful state with plenty to do for wheelers of all ages! Our first stop is Minneapolis--and a mega-mall that has it all!
Mall of America, Minneapolis
It's hard to imagine a shopping mall that's one of the top tourist destinations in America. Welcome to the mecca of merchandise since 1992, and plan to spend the day--there's a lot of territory to cover. Besides the typical shops, stores, restaurants, and movie theaters, the largest mall in North America houses a SEA LIFE aquarium, Nickelodeon Universe, a LEGO Imagination Center, the House of Comedy, and the popular Moose Mountain Adventure Golf--all wheelchair accessible. You'll have a ball at this mall!
Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minneapolis/St. PaulYou've probably guessed that the cathedral's patron saint inspired the city's name, and you're right. Be thankful for that, because the city was formerly known as Pig's Eye Settlement. The first Catholic priest in the area dedicated the cathedral to St. Paul and requested that the settlement adopt the name.
Today, the Cathedral of Saint Paul, which seats 3,000 people, is a national historical landmark and mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Considered one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture, the church's cornerstone was laid in 1907. Take one of their wheelchair accessible,weekday guided tours. When the sun shines through the stunning stained-glass windows, it will take your breath away.
Mayo Clinic, RochesterPerhaps the most well-know center for medical research and patient care on the planet, the flagship campus of the Mayo Clinic iin Rochester offers tours (wheelchair accessible, of course!) to people around the world who want to see the famed halls of healing.
William Worrall Mayo, MD, a pioneer doctor who settled in Rochester, began his clinic in 1863, so his brainchild has had 150 years to grow into the internationally respected facility it is, with a stellar reputation for caring doctors and excellence in individual patient care. Over the decades, doctors and students from around the world have come to the Mayo Clinic to study new techniques and technologically advanced medicine, and patients worldwide also travel to the Mayo Clinic for diagnosis and treatment.
Children's Theatre Company, MinneapolisWith elaborate productions of shows like "The Wizard of Oz","Annie", Disney's "High School Musical", "The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle", and "Shrek the Musical", you'll experience a night of never-ending delight at a performance of the Children's Theatre Company (CTC). The company has been entertaining audience of all ages since the early 1960's, when it started out as The Moppet Players.
For the past 50 years, the Theatre has adapted classic children's literature and storybooks for the stage, and their extraordinary accomplishments in the areas of scenic and costume design are widely recognized. Today, CTC is the acknowledged flagship theatre for young people and families in North America. The Theatre is wheelchair accessible, so go find your inner child!
North Shore Scenic Drive, DuluthOn part of Minnesota's northeastern border lies Lake Superior--the world's largest freshwater lake, and the drive along the lake's majestic shoreline is nothing short of spectacular. It's 154 miles long, and, as long as you have a wheelchair van, all 154 miles are accessible to you! You can make the drive in three hours, or you can plan to spend one or two days with stops along the way. You'll come across access to at least seven state parks and the Superior National Forest.
The seven state parks are Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettgouche, Temperance River, Cascade River, Judge C.R. Magney, and Grand Portage. Call before visiting a specific state park to find out about its accessibility. Minnesota state parks are well developed with modern facilities, but the degree of accessibility varies from park to park. Park officials will make every effort to assign a you a campsite or area with appropriate picnic tables and easy access to the restrooms and shower buildings.
Munsinger Clemens Gardens, PlymouthIf your Minnesota vacation is in the spring, bring your camera and your cares to these gorgeous gardens on the banks of the Mississipi River. The Munsinger Clemens Gardens have seen their share of weddings, because the fragrant gardens are immaculately kept, the ambiance is gloriously peaceful, and they're wheelchair accessible.
Stop and smell the breathtaking roses, choose your favorite among the gardens defined by different colors, and bask in the beauty of the day. The Clemens Gardens are comprised of five tiers with fountains and accessible brick paths. Spend a few relaxing, reflective hours among flowers, trees, ponds, pavilions, sculptures, fountains--and a view of the Mississippi River you won't soon forget.
Glensheen Estate, DuluthGlensheen is the historic Congdon estate, one of the country's acknowledged castles, and it was chosen by TruTV as one of America's Top Ten Haunted Places. We won't tell you why--you'll have to find out yourself. If you like spectacular and spooky, Glensheen is your go-to accessible attraction!
Considered one of Duluth's jewels, the estate was built by Minnesotan and captain of industry Chester Congdon in 1905. The lavish residence, built in the Jacobean style, sits on magnificently landscaped property that overlooks Lake Superior. A icon of Duluth's golden age, the home is a testament to the wealth once generated by the town's local iron mines. The tours barely touch on the home's darker past.
Three of the four floors are wheelchair accessible. That said, your admission fee is discounted, and they have a video of the floor without access.
Assisi Heights Sisters of St. Francis, RochesterAssisi Heights Convent is the home of The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, a religous organization that has been active for more than 125 years. The structure is reminiscent of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy. Built on a hilltop in northwest Rochester, the three-story Italian Romanesque-style building, completed in 1955, has a unique red tile roof, a Romanesque ceiling, beautiful slate floors, and German hand-blown stained glass windows.
Their work keeps them quite busy. Sisters engage in "individual ministries in the areas of: ecology, education, fine arts, health care, hospitality, international missions, therapeutic work, justice and peace, prayer and spiritual guidance, and more." Convent tours, which are wheelchair accessible, are scheduled Mondays and Saturdays at 2:00 PM. Call for reservations.
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MinneapolisA world of art--past and present--awaits you at the The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), which offers services that make the museum's programs and exhibits accessible to all. Considered one of the finest, wide-ranging art collections in the US, the museum contains works by Rembrant and van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, African and Asian artists, too many to name. Sculpture, textiles, paintings, photography, new media, prints and drawings--MIA has it all.
Also housed at MIA is an education component, with classes, lectures and events--all to "inspire wonder, spur creativity, and nourish the imagination." The museum presents intriguing exhibitions year-round, so it's worth nourishing your "imagination" at MIA on your Minnesota vacation.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. PaulNo vacation in a new city would be complete without a vist to the zoo, and St. Paul has a really cool one waiting for you! Besides a zoo filled with animals and art (yes, art!), Como Park has gardens filled with exotic floral displays, including one called the Enchanted Garden, where they invite you to "walk amongst the butterflies." Family fun at the park includes the Ribbit Zibit and Cafesjian's Carousel, which is wheelchair accessible!
Como Park has a lake and picnic area, a marketplace for snacks and souvenirs, and music concerts. The park's goal is to inspire the public to "value the presence of living things in their lives." There's nothing like being inspired and having fun at the same time!
On Minnesota's license plate, it says "Land of 10,000 Lakes," but it's also known as The Gopher State, and we think that's an excellent suggestion! Set your sights on Minnesota, and "gopher" it!
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
- 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
- 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
- Stock #: A26598
- Mileage: 17,772 Miles
- Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Lift
- Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, ADA Compliant
Exterior Appearance Inspection
- Panel alignment/fit
- Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
- Windshield/glass condition
- Paint chips and scratches
- Body damage/dents/dings
- Trim and moldings
- 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
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
- Extend/retract smoothly
- Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
- Buckles lock securely
- 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)
- Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement
- Tilt/telescopic functionability
- Horn functions properly
- Steering wheel controls
- Steering wheel locks
- Warning chime (key in -- door open)
- 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
- Functions properly
Air Conditioner / Heater
- Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling
- Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly
- 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
- Function properly
Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors
- Power controls function properly
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- Functions properly
Noise or Vibration
- None present
Squeaks or Rattles
- None present
* -- If Applicable
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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