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Accessible Anchorage

Alaska is wild, breathtaking and rugged, but that doesn’t mean stunning vistas or wildlife viewing are out of reach. Anchorage’s attractions, parks and amenities are accessible to all.

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To search for accessible tours, accommodations, restaurants and transportation, visit the directory or use the find business links to the right and search for accessible businesses. Each listing has more information on services, abilities and accessibility. By ADA standards, some trips in Alaska may not be accessible; however, accommodations can often be made to meet the needs of guests. Call ahead to discuss possible options.

Wheelchair accessible cabs and buses, as well as para-transit options are available in the city. Anchorage’s People Mover bus system runs a fleet of fully accessible ADA compliant buses, equipped with low floors and kneeling ramps. All drivers are trained in the use of required tie downs as well. Several motorcoach companies have lift-equipped vehicles as well.

Alaska Railroad’s passenger trains are wheelchair accessible and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Registered service animals are welcome aboard. The railroad provides wheelchair lifts at all stations. Accessibility on other connecting modes of transport can vary, so please check with a rail agent for details.

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources completed an ADA accessibility survey of 123 sites in the state parks systems in 2002. More information about accessible parks can be found through the state’s Parks and Outdoor Recreation site.

Likewise, the National Parks Service has put Mount McKinley in reach as well. With accessible shuttles, parking and visitors centers as well as assistive listening services, the National Park Service strives to make the Denali National Park as accessible as possible given its place in the Alaska wilderness.