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Contact: Candy Harrington,

New Access Guide Explores Washington State National Parks

RIPON, CA — August 3, 2015 — If you’ve dreamed of exploring Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks, but thought you’d be left at the sidelines because you use a wheelchair or just get around a little slower, then pick up a copy of Barrier-Free Travel; Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers ($5.99, C&C Creative Concepts), and prepare to discover these Washington state gems.

Penned by accessible travel expert Candy Harrington, this new travel guide highlights accessible trails, sites, and lodging options in Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks.

Filled with useful access information the book also includes:

  • Detailed Photographs of the Accessible Rooms
  • Information on Accessible Ranger-Led Tours
  • Barrier-Free Camping
  • Locations of Loaner Wheelchairs
  • Special Access Passes and Permits
  • Accessible Lodging and Trails Near the Park Entrances
  • Scenic Drives and Accessible Viewpoints in the Parks
  • Details About Upcoming Access Improvements

Harrington realized this guide was sorely needed when her pre-trip research yielded a mound of conflicting and inaccurate access information. “It seemed like all the trails were rated as ‘accessible with assistance’, when in fact some were fine for wheelchair-users, while others were more appropriate for mountain goats,” she recalls. “When I was directed to an ‘accessible trail’ by a park employee, and arrived to find that it had 24 steps, that was the last straw. I knew I had to write an access guide with accurate trail descriptions,” she adds.

This inclusive book is the second in a series of accessible travel guides to popular destinations throughout the United States. Says Harrington, “Although it’s written for wheelchair-users and slow walkers, moms who have stroller-aged kids will appreciate the access information in this guide, as well as the future books in this series. In the end, good access really benefits everyone.”

Known as the guru of accessible travel, Candy Harrington has covered this niche exclusively for the past 19 years. She’s the founding editor of Emerging Horizons and the author of several accessible travel titles, including the classic, Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. She also blogs regularly about accessible travel issues at

Barrier-Free Travel; Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers ($5.99, print and Kindle, ISBN: 978-0692499870;) is available at