Alaska is big, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating for people with developmental or mobility challenges. Whether you’re looking for a guided tour package or independent adventures, differently abled visitors have access to a wide variety of year-round vacation experiences.

Cruise travel is a popular option for individuals with mobility issues, and shore excursions at popular ports of call have sightseeing options that include lift-assisted motor coaches or rail cars. Try a helicopter ride above a glacier or watch whales from a wheelchair accessible boat. For individuals with autism or sensitivity to noise and light, some cruise companies offer sensory friendly options, menu alternatives, and private activities.

Service animals are welcome in all public facilities, and national parks have brochures available in Braille and large print for low-vision and visually impaired visitors (call ahead to ensure availability). American Sign Language interpretations are available upon request at ranger presentations at most parks with reasonable advance notice. In Denali, a popular destination for many Alaska visitors, tour buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts, which allow you to explore deep into the park. Be advised that not all national park trails meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards.

For people interested in exploring the outdoors, adaptive gear for skiing and other recreational activities is available through organizations such as Southcentral Alaska’s Challenge Alaska and Southeast Alaska Independent Living, a non-profit service provider that serves the Inside Passage Region. Many public and private campgrounds include specifically designated accessible campsites and individual tour providers may be able to provide adaptive gear for activities such as kayaking upon request.

We’re here to help! Contact your tour operator, accommodation provider, or facility in advance to reserve accessible transportation, rooms, or other services.

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