Family travelers looking for a more accessible vacation in the outdoors should consider Jackson County, North Carolina, a county near the Tuckaseegee River that recently released an extensive accessibility guide for all travelers to enjoy. In Jackson County, everyone can have the chance to experience views of the mountains and take in magnificent waterfalls. Here are just some of the places in Jackson County offering accessible-friendly access:
Located a 45-minute drive from downtown Sylva, Balsam Lake features a wide range of accessible facilities, including accessible fishing spots and a concrete path exclusively for wheelchair users that leads to a wooden fishing dock.
Drive along Blue Ridge Parkway to see some of the state’s most beautiful views. While on the road, stop at Waterrock Knob to watch the sunrise or sunset. Waterrock Knob features paved viewing areas with ample parking and ramps.
This fully paved, one-mile trail takes visitors around a scenic stretch of the Tuckaseegee River. Near the Old Cullowhee Road entrance, there are two van-accessible parking spaces.
Park behind the courthouse via Keener Street or Savannah Drive to enjoy the now fully ADA-compliant building. Built in 1914, visitors can enjoy the historic structure, as well as the many exhibits featured year-round.
One of the tallest waterfalls in the eastern United States, Whitewater Falls includes a wheelchair-accessible viewing platform. The platform can be reached by the paved walkway, allowing all to take in the splendor of the falls.
This 18-room, pet-friendly boutique hotel lies in Cashiers and offers some of the largest rooms in town. Rooms include complimentary parking, and its close proximity to some of the region’s best natural sites makes it a great place to stay when visiting Jackson County.
Planning a trip to Belgium next year? Be sure to include the Bright Festival of Lights in your family travel plans as it makes its return to Brussels, Feb. 16–19, 2023. This exciting festival illuminates the capital city of Belgium, putting several districts in the spotlight.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Over the past several years, Norwegian Cruise Line has worked to perfect something they call “freestyle cruising,” a concept letting each passenger experience cruising exactly the way they want to. An impressive variety of entertainment, relaxation and activity options let you do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Passengers aboard an NCL cruise are encouraged to dress how they feel comfortable. So, whether you want to dress to the nines or stick to shorts the whole cruise, you will never feel out of place.
Elevate family travel with Off the Map Travel this winter by booking two new glass igloos frozen into a secluded lagoon to sleep next to a glacier in Iceland. Available for booking now for travel mid-January to March 2023, the “igloo boats” are part of an exclusive tour and accessible only by boat or all-terrain vehicle.
Plan ahead to finish holiday shopping early and gift your family an award-winning European 2023 summer vacation with Celebrity Cruises and leave the holiday hassle in your wake. With the most unique itineraries of any cruise line, Celebrity is the perfect choice for your summer escape.
When you first see the Italian island of Capri, a precipitous chunk of rock rising abruptly from the sea, you might wonder why anyone would have settled there. Once you step off the ferry from Naples or Sorrento, though, you’ll know the answer. There are few more beautiful and romantic places in the world and, once you arrive, you’ll be glad you limited these family travels to your one and only.