Retired and ready to travel? Regardless if you’re looking for a family friendly vacation or cruise, there are so many great vacation destinations for seniors in the United States.
You’ve worked long and hard for many years. Now that you’re retired, it’s your turn to explore, travel and go on some adventures. Whether you’re single, married, have a traveling companion, live alone or are in an assisted living, there are some great destinations and tours available designed especially for you - even for seniors with limited mobility issues. So where do you go and where do you start?
We have listed below six of our favorite vacations for seniors with limited mobility issues and seniors traveling in the United States, including:
- Niagara Falls
- Branson, Missouri
- Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Top U.S. Vacation Destinations for Seniors
1. Niagara Falls
The magnificence of Niagara Falls cannot be overstated. This breathtaking wonder is located on the border of Canada and the United States. If you’re not going by car, the best way to get there is to fly into the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. There is also Amtrak service to the falls.
For the best views and experience, take famous river cruise The Maid of The Mist Boat Tour from the New York side of the falls. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may want to check out the Cave of The Winds Tour (with an elevator ride that goes 175 feet down into the Niagara Gorge.) There is also a trolley and bus tour.
2. Branson, Missouri
Branson has become one of the most popular vacation destinations for seniors, especially if you’re active and enjoy outdoor activities. Golf, museums, shopping, live shows and music are just some of the many activities you’ll enjoy. Recently given the title “Live Music Show Capital of the World”, Branson is the best Las Vegas alternative. It is also much quieter and more affordable, and easier to get around.
This website is a great place to start for some great discounts and where to stay in Branson.
Alaska’s breathtaking scenery with over 100,000 glaciers, wildlife, and 17 of America’s 20 highest mountain peaks, make it one of the most popular travel destinations for seniors.
One of the best ways to see this majestic state is hopping on one of the cruise lines from Seattle, Washington. For seniors with limited mobility, there are endless websites and deals to be found for a hassle-free vacation. To find exactly what you’re looking for in a cruise at a great price, check out this article on Cruise Critic for cruise vacation ideas.
If cruising is not for you, there are many other options for exploring Alaska.
- Alaska Marine Highway System
- If you’re adventurous and want to bring your own car, you can drive to Bellingham, Washington and board a ferry for various destinations in Alaska. The Alaska Ferry System is an affordable alternative to a cruise. Discounts are available for seniors and side trips in many port cities are available as well.
- Alaska Railroad Corporation
- Seeing Alaska by rail is a real treat for seniors with mobility issues or not. And if you’re 65 or older you can travel at half fares during off-season months. Watch the scenery from a train picture window while in the comfort of your forward-facing reclining seat.
For consistently warm weather you just can’t beat the state of Florida. And while just soaking up the sun is always an option, Florida isn’t just for shuffleboard anymore. More and more companies and resorts are catering to active retirees as well as those with mobility issues. For a great overview of what’s available and where to begin, check out this website “Senior Havens and Hideaways” for great Florida travel tips.
5. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Once the capital of Virginia (1699-1780), Colonial Williamsburg is now one of the best destinations for seniors on a budget to visit in the United States. Today you can visit the museums, homes, shops and churches that George Washington, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson once wandered into. You can even watch craftsmen weave cloth, make wheels and shape silver into jewelry and utensils.
To learn more about activities, tickets and packages, go to http://www.history.org/
It’s hard for anyone to resist the beauty of Hawaii. These days, more seniors than ever are heading to the islands for a well- deserved vacation.
The good news is there are travel discounts and special packages designed specifically for you. Like tours at a gentle pace allowing you to see the best of this tropical paradise. Enjoy learning about volcanoes and natural wonders as well as touring Pearl Harbor with a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial for some important U.S. history.
Check out some of the best senior vacations in Hawaii with these affordable options.
Traveling with Disabilities
If traveling with limited mobility is an issue, there are tours designed just for you. At Disabled Travelers, you’ll find vacations throughout the U.S and Europe specifically for seniors who are disabled in some way, even wheelchair accessible options. Also, if there are popular destinations near your assisted living, your community staff may be able to arrange transportation and provide aid.
You’ll find many destinations and experiences to choose from. Like trips to national parks, European cities, cruises, family vacations, train travel and even scuba diving vacations!
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