Take a Wheelchair to a National Park

The National Park Service offers features and services to make the Grand Canyon and other federal lands accessible to all.

Marian Jacob, who uses a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis, never thought she would ever experience the beauty of a national park.

But in March, Jacob, 63, and her husband visited the Grand Canyon. They received special permission from the National Park Service to drive their car down a maintenance road and park several miles from the lookout. Then Jacob rode her motorized wheelchair along an asphalt path to the North Rim observation deck. "It was just amazing," says Jacob, who lives in Edgerton, Wis. "We were able to see a number of scenic overlooks of the canyon."

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Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Retirement Report