You can scour Harvard University’s online course catalog for as long as you want, but you won’t find a summer listing for Accessible Road Trips 101. That hasn’t stopped undergrad Kunho Kim from planning an elaborate 20-Cities on Wheels adventure where site-seeing will take a side seat to gathering information for an accessible online travel guide.
Kim, who was raised in South Korea, was paralyzed in a skiing accident four years ago in Montana. The ambitious road trip will fulfill two of his passions: his desire to see more of America and his commitment to improving access.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do since I was a kid,” says Kim. “I want to write a wheelchair accessible travel guide so that people like me don’t have to go through all the hassles I have.”
Kim will be traveling with three friends, including fellow Harvard undergrad Brad Riew. Their current route starts July 10 in San Francisco and ends 18 cities later Aug. 26 in Boston. They are hoping to spend one to three days in each city reviewing hotels, restaurants and attractions with an eye on wheelchair access. After the trip they will publish their travel guide thro