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Old 12-29-2011, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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As much as we all moan and groan about traffic jams and highway pile-ups, most Americans would be lost without their wheels. Can you imagine The Beatles singing, "Baby, you can't drive my car ... " ?

But for those who prefer hoofing to steering, here's a list of the top 5 places in America where wheels aren't welcome:

Top 5 places your car isn
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: SW France
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It's nice to know that the car is not king everywhere.

They'll be closing part of, and eventually all of, the road by Stonehenge over here.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:04 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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That's pretty cool. A little retro escape would be nice from time to time.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:00 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I'm surprised they didn't include the grandaddy of no-car places ... Mackinac Island, Michigan.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: NYPD"s 30th Precinct
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That Hike Inn place looks pretty cool. I may have to check it out next time I'm back home in Atlanta.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:34 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Venice is almost exclusively non car and I love it for that.

Last edited by Jezer; 12-30-2011 at 01:05 PM.. Reason: typo
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How did the article fail to mention Mackinac Island, Michigan. There might be a few cares on Isle Royale, Michigan, too, but they would belong to the National Park Service or lodge outfitters.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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It's nice to know that the car is not king everywhere.

They'll be closing part of, and eventually all of, the road by Stonehenge over here.
I agree that the car culture has taken over but as someone who is disabled places which do not allow cars at all tend to be no go areas for me. I am not in a wheelchair but walking around is actually bad for my physical health and causes me great pain and discomfort.

We were in Bruges over the Christmas period, and I am glad that even though some areas are pedestrianised and parking restricted I was still able to drive to the places I wanted to be .

The world becomes a no-go zone when you are disabled if you can't access certain areas. So car restriction is something I approve of in a lot of situations but provisions have to be made for the lesser able to still enjoy those places.

I used to trek the world and still want to travel as much as I possibly can but now I have to chose my places really carefully.

I will be in Dubrovnik in May and I know that going around the old town is going to be hell for me because it is all pedestrianised. Heaven for able tourists perhaps but for me a huge undertaking meaning a lot of severe pain and discomfort. I know it will take me a week to recover from the pain alone.

One can have medieval towns which are still full of character and do not feel like a motorway and still have limited access for certain people for example.

Avignon, Sarlat, Tallinn, Edinburgh etc... all perfect examples of what a proper balance looks like.

If the infrastructure is already there then I do not see why I am not able to access even wilder places or Islands for example. The Island of Iona which I was lucky enough to visit because of my Husband's work does not allow even disabled drivers onto the Island even though it would cause minimum disruption ( the locals all have cars and the ferry is a car one) . It now means people like myself are basically persona non grata on the Island and I find it offensive.

I was told a lift could be organised to the Abbey. Well thank you but the Abbey is not why I wanted to visit. A car gives you freedom and the spontaneity to stop where and when you want. Basically I have been told my kind is not welcome.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: on an island
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I'm surprised they didn't include the grandaddy of no-car places ... Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Also North Captiva Island off Florida's coast, Cumberland Island off Georgia's coast.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Catalina Island is one of the places mentioned. Airplanes aren't particularly welcome there either. The runway is 3000 feet, which is a bit short but doable. The last 2300 feet though have a sharp downslope and aircraft at one end of the runway can not see the other end. You won't be able to rent a plane to fly there unless you get an endorsement from a flight instructor who goes with you one time.
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