Thursday, 27 March 2014

Places in San Mateo that are Wheelchair Accessible

Offering its visitors cultural attractions, scenic beauty, beautiful neighborhoods, and several other landmarks, San Mateo remains an interesting and diverse place to visit. However, one of the interesting things about San Mateo that few people know is it is also wheelchair accessible, offering ample of public transportation, including subway, bus systems, streetcars, rental vehicles, and ferries.

Places that are Wheelchair Accessed

Landmark Sites

Physically challenged tourists and travelers can find several wheelchair-accessible San Mateo landmarks sites to choose from. For instance, they can easily visit Padre Junipero Serra Redwood Bust, a carved redwood bust of Junipero Serra in El Camino. Other remarkable tourist destinations include Menlo park, pigeon point, several restaurants, malls and streets. All these sites are wheelchair accessible, though sometimes navigating through the pedestrian traffic might become stressful.

Hiking Trails

Here are a few accessible hiking trails in San Mateo:

Chickadee Nature Trail – the trail is located in Huddart County Park. It loops around several native trees and plants. Because the place is not well-known, the limited handicap parking space should not be a problem.

Vasona Park – the park is located in Los Gatos, and boasts of miles of two-way, marked paved trails. There is a lot of scenery to enjoy as the trail lets the traveller hike along a creek, and under the trees. There are several handicap parking spots and wheelchair accessible bathrooms located through the park.

Rancho San Antonio- this open space preserve is situated in Santa Clara County. What makes it enjoyable is that it leads to a farm where the traveller can see pigs, cows, goats, and several other farm animals. The trail begins as a wide dirt trail that links up to a cemented service road. There are five handicap parking spots but has no accessible bathroom.

Sawyer Camp Trail – the trail is located in San Mateo County, and is normally flat and marked for two-way traffic. It offers beautiful views of Crystal Springs Reservoir while the adventurer manages his/her way through straightaways, hairpin turns, and more turns. It is has an accessible bathroom while the parking is limited. There are only a couple of handicap parking spots.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park –situated south of the Bay Area, it is a 0.8-mile loop trail that lets the adventurer hike through groves, and witness the majestic beauty. Parking is never a problem at the state park and there are accessible bathrooms everywhere. It can get extremely chilly because of the lack of sunlight so it’s important to dress accordingly.

Nightlife for the Wheelchair bound

San Mateo is a county with diverse nightlife choices that are wheelchair-accessible and enjoyable. Accessible bars include grape and grain, the Swingin door, O’Neill’s Irish Pub, and the like. Apart from this, there are several clubs that are accessible to wheelchair bound people. It is best to call in advance to inform the staff of the disability. This helps them prepare well.

Besides being extremely multicultural and diverse, the San Mateo area is also wheelchair accessible. Most of the beaches, parks, and hiking trails provide some type of wheelchair access. The place also boasts of several theaters that can be visited by wheelchair bound people. Also, to make life easier, the county has several non-medical transportation companies that provide wheelchair accessible vans. These vehicles can be used to travel around the county. Most drivers driving these vans are well versed with the hottest locations and shortest routes around to make sure the trip is comfortable. They also have GPS systems and CC machines to ensure complete convenience.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Things to do in San Mateo California

The city of San Mateo boasts of green landscapes, horse-racing tracks, parks, and a host of sightseeing and shopping opportunities. The city shares its name with San Mateo County, a region just south of the Silicon Valley.

Here are some of the things you can do to enjoy your stay in San Mateo

Parks

Central Park is located in the core of San Mateo. It boasts of a Japanese Tea Garden, an array of cherry blossom trees and waterfall. Apart from this, there is a miniature train that runs across the park every day during the summer months.

Coyote Point Park is another recreational area located alongside the coast along Highway 101. The highway provides mesmerizing views of the coastline, while the park features a small natural history museum and a golf course. The County of San Mateo oversees numerous county parks, such as Heritage Grove Park and Pescadero Creek Park. These parks feature swimming, hiking trails, and even horseback riding.

Art and History

San Mateo is known to possess a rich history celebrated in the form of historic sites and museums. Apart from this, societies such as the City Arts of San Mateo have created huge collection of outdoor public art inside the city. The Peninsula Art Museum features a pool of area art from both contemporary and classic artists.

Located in Redwood City, The San Mateo County History Museum boasts of the biggest stained glass windows in California. Apart from this, it has a notable collection of artifacts in the Bay Area that exhibit almost every era from the historic native tribes to the very present.

Other Activities

Lighthouses: There are several lighthouses in the Bay Area. The Point Montara Lighthouse and Pigeon Point Lighthouse are the most popular in San Mateo County. They were both constructed in the seventeenth century and offer stunning views and a historic ambiance of the rocky Northern California coast.
The interiors of San Mateo County boast of several wineries. Woodside is home to numerous popular vineyards, such as Woodside Vineyards and Thomas Fogarty Winery. Redwood City has a several wine bars that focus on serving area wines.

RV Parks: Several RV parks are located about half an hour away from Redwood City where visitors can experience several interesting activities. They can visit Tour Filoli, the grounds and house used in the famous television series, "Dynasty." Apart from this, they can also indulge in playing video games or miniature golf and practice swing in batting cages. Moreover, the city of Redwood is merely half an hour away from San Francisco, where one can explore the Golden Gate Park and Fisherman's Wharf.

San Mateo has always encouraged active community development programs to enhance the community's retail, entertainment, and dining scene. There are a variety of restaurant patrons in the Bay Area offering almost all kinds of cuisine, from continental to Chinese to sushi and Spanish.

To experience San Mateo it’s best to hire a taxi cab or travel through public transportation. However, those who have difficulty travelling in normal vehicles can avail non-medical transportation vans. These vehicles are a good choice for the elderly or those who are physically handicapped. They come equipped with life sustaining equipment and can easily hold wheelchairs, if needed. Drivers of these vans are highly trained and know the best routs possible to ensure the customers enjoy their sightseeing.

The best way to book such vans is to search for providers online. Most reputed service providers in San Mateo have websites that allow online booking and also offer contact information for details. One can also ask friends and family who have used such services in the future to make sure only the best is hired.