Let’s face it, we’ve all had quite a scare through the pandemic. It’s been a rollercoaster for all! Now that things are settling down, and more people are starting to travel once again, let’s talk about the best places for seniors. These are our favorite destinations for the more mature crowd.
1) US National Parks
Are you looking to explore nature, while getting some fresh air, finally getting out of the house? The U.S. currently has 59 protected areas. No matter what state you choose, you will find beauty within the outdoors. Check out NPS.gov Homepage, to begin your search. There are many ways to get to your destination. Either by plane, train, or driving cross country. You will find numerous and comfortable travel methods. You may be looking to hike in The Great Smokey Mountains, with breathtaking and panoramic views, or simple pristine waterfalls in Yosemite National park. Whatever you decide, they’ll be a captivating experience in the outdoors. Lifetime Senior Passes are available if you’re looking to save some money. Who isn’t, right?? Free Entrance Days are also offered for seniors. Participating parks, listed by state, waive their entrance fees on nationally designated fee free days. Take advantage of these offers!
Looking for some all-inclusive, fun in the sun? Check out these top cruises for seniors. Cruises can be pricey. Be sure to ask about their specials for seniors. Most cruise lines offer exclusive discounts for 55 and over. Never pay the brochure price. Look around and do your research, before you book. Try to be flexible with your travel dates. Late summer and fall months are the cheapest to travel. Cruising when schools are in session or during hurricane season, will generally get you the lowest fares. Book as early as possible. Travel experts say the best time to book a cruise is six to twelve months ahead. If you have the flexibility, book a year in advance. Sail on older ships for cheaper deals. Be open to cruising on any ship. Many of the older ships don’t have as many of the fancy amenities, but still offer a full sail.
Whether you’re a rookie or a professional, hitting some slots can be a retiree’s enjoyment. Many casinos offer one day bus tours. Coach USA provides the best, and generally the cheapest, transportation options. Charter bus rentals for your senior bus trip, include modern amenities. Pickups are available at retirement communities, nursing homes, assisted living apartments, or right at your front door. Look for general public casino trips, offering freeplays, and packages. Most casinos reward seniors on certain days of the week for additional freeplay and points. Mohegan Sun, Foxwood Resorts, Harrah Atlantic City, and Turning Stone Casino all offer a variety of meal services, and overnight lodging accommodations. All casinos are wheelchair accessible. Call ahead the bus service and casino you choose, and ask what they offer directly for seniors. Senior status most generally qualifies all ages of 50+. Good luck!
4) Train Vacations
Traveling by train is an easy and comfortable route for seniors. With all-inclusive packages offered, this is a cheaper way to travel. Vacations By Rail offers a variety of packages to popular destinations. Choose from USA Coast to Coast vacations, fall foliage tours, America’s national parks, and even train trips in Alaska. No matter your journey, trains will offer you the best USA travel. The beauty of traveling by train is being able to settle into your own cozy onboard accommodations. Seniors can take advantage of AARP benefits, while admiring the passing scenery of natural beauty. Most settings offer a hot meal and beverage service, or a cafe style a la carte. Either way, you can sit back and let others wait on you in an admirable scenery. Make the most of your retirement. You’ve earned it! Be sure to check out websites offering train travel trips for seniors. There are many promotional offers, including exclusive everyday benefits.
5) Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Looking for a nice weekend retreat in the country? Check out Pennsylvania Dutch Country, located in Lancaster, PA. Here you will sure be at peace, while exploring the oldest Amish communities in the country. Pennsylvania Dutch Country offers a wide variety of exploration. Offering views of farmlands, family style feasts, to an exquisite cuisine in the city. Contemporary art is a must see while visiting the grounds of the Amish.This is a perfect getaway for seniors who are looking for a peaceful change, needing some tranquility. There are many free things to do in Lancaster, along with affordable places to stay. Be sure to ask for senior discounts at local lodging. Many places will not offer this automatically, as it may discriminate against age. In Pennsylvania Dutch Country, you can shop at some local country stores, and delight in some Amish homemade bakery goods. Yum! Check out discoverlancaster.com for more information on your travel.
6) Whale Watching
The majestic whale watching for seniors is a must! Offering daytime and twilight cruises, you can sit back and experience the beauty of nature, while cruising on sea. From Bar Harbor, Maine to Novia Scotia, you can experience live mammals coming close to you, while enjoying the beauty and sounds of nature. Whale watching jet boat tours are offered throughout the country. To get the most out of your whale watching experience, travel experts suggest the best time to view Orca whales is May through September. A better time for viewing humpback whales is September through January. Some top whale- watching destinations include Santa Barbara, California, Kodiak Island, Alaska, Cape May, New Jersey and Long Island, New York.
Dress comfortably, as it tends to get a little chilly when the wind picks up. It’s easier to dress in layers, depending on where your destination is. Many elders tend to get cooler than the younger generation. Prepare to be on the water for several hours. Remember to pack any medications, blankets, and water bottles.
7) Museums and Art Galleries
Check out some contemporary art across the country, while being in an air conditioned atmosphere, during the hot summer months. Whether traveling on the East Coast or West Coast, you’ll be sure to find some beautiful artwork in historic venues. There are more than 35,000 museums in the United States. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in New York City, is ranked the number 1 museum in the US. Offering a discount for seniors (65 and over), admission tickets are $22 per person. This includes a one day admission pass. If you’re planning on bringing your beloved grandchildren, kids 12 and under are free! Memberships are also available at a discounted rate. Seniors can tour a collection of exhibits, while taking a break to choose from a wide dining menu. Most museums and art galleries offer wheelchair accessibility, including convenient parking services. If additional assistance is needed, please contact the museum directly.
Wishing all seniors the best in life! Get out and enjoy after all your years of hard work. Be sure to research all of the fabulous discounts out there. Check out the AARP website for a complete list of senior benefits. They offer discounts for car rentals, lodging, cruises, flights & vacation packages, rail & tours and gas discounts. Take advantage of these offers!