California offers a huge selection of areas to visit, even with osteoarthritis, just do some research before booking your trip. Look for holiday destinations that have prioritized accessibility and make things easy for you. As we’ve covered previously, you can also consider the mode of transportation and the time it takes to reach your destination. Take time to stretch every hour or two. Naturally be sure to bring along any medications or hot/cold packs you use.
For some go-to destinations in California, give these a try:
San Diego, California
This region’s warm, dry climate can be great for those suffering with OA. The area is a good option if you prefer to be near the sea where the barometric pressure is lower. One of the few downsides to this spot is that this area can be quite expensive.
Desert Hot Springs, California
The desert town of Desert Hot Springs is located just off Palm Springs. The town is known for its hot spring inns and seaside resorts. Check out our previous post for more details on why hot springs are great.
Yosemite National Park
In case you prefer to go outdoors rather than sailing or sightseeing, many parks have light and moderate trails. These will give you a taste of nature without too much pressure on your joints. California’s Yosemite National Park is a great example. It offers several options, including a one-hour Cook’s Meadow loop or a slightly longer trail near Mirror Lake.
Where are some of your favorite OA-friendly spots in California?