Spin the Globe, Awesome reasons for wheelchair users to visit Chatttanooga, Oct 11 2019
Several months ago, I received an invitation from the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to visit the Scenic City, as it’s also known, and share with you its accessible sights and experiences. I’ve been to other parts of Tennessee and really enjoyed it, and based on everything I was told, I knew visiting Chattanooga would also be a special experience. However, nothing could have prepared me for some of the special things my hosts had in store for me! Read (and watch) below for nine awesome reasons for wheelchair users to visit accessible Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1 . The beautiful scenery. I’m a sucker for gorgeous views, and Chattanooga certainly didn’t disappoint. Given its location on the Tennessee River, there are plenty of hills and low mountains from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area–even seven states at once! […]
2 . The fascinating – and downright haunting – history. The name “Chattanooga” comes from the Creek Indian word for “rock coming to a point.” This refers to Lookout Mountain, which begins in Chattanooga and stretches 88 miles through Alabama and Georgia. The city itself started out with two different names: Ross’s Landing and Lookout City. In 1838, the city officially took the name of “Chattanooga.” Because of Chattanooga’s strategic location, river and rail systems, some of the hardest fought and most complex battles happened during the fall of 1863 on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. […]
3. Adaptive outdoor off-road adventure! When I was looking through my Chattanooga itinerary, I noticed something about an adapted vehicle of some sort called a SWINCAR. I thought my hosts were just taking me to see it in a showroom, or maybe a demo. Little did I know that I was going off-roading in this fully hand-controlled adapted buggy in the wooded hills of Chattanooga!
Adventure Sports Innovation (ASI) is the company that does this, and they truly offer an adventure for everyone. ASI curates the latest inventions and innovations in adventure sports and outdoor activities, providing individuals and groups with fun things to do. ASI is the first company in the USA to have one of these adapted e-Spider vehicles for wheelchair users, and boy, was I grateful for that! For a full hour, my tour guide, hosts, and I crawled over small logs, rocks, dips, twists, and turns through some of Chattanooga’s most beautiful scenery at the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.
Like any adaptive sports experience, the SWINCAR off-road experience isn’t for everyone. You will need significant upper body control and stability, as well as enough use of your arms and hands to steer the vehicle, squeeze the hand brakes (like those of a bicycle), and press the thumb throttle continuously. It can be a rough ride in several spots, as you are on horse and bike trails with several obstacles. If you have any injuries or chronic pain that could be exacerbated by getting jostled around, this might not be for you.
However, if it sounds like you can do this, here’s the adventure that awaits!
4. It’s easy to get around. Downtown Chattanooga isn’t very large as US cities go, which means it’s easy to roll between many of it’s most popular attractions. The sidewalks are in good shape, as are the curb cuts at intersections. However, if you want to save on battery power, arm power (if you’re a manual chair user), or you have a walking companion who needs a rest, you have two great options. […]
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