The U.S. has dozens of entertaining options for senior travel destinations. Whether you’re active, have special needs, or in search of a destination that’s fun for the whole family, there’s something out there for you within America’s borders. This list covers a few of the top entertainment destinations for senior travel out there, ranging from the ever-popular shows and museums in Branson to breathtaking views of nature in some of America’s best national parks. It’s never too late to explore the beauty and wonder that the U.S. has to offer, so why not start planning your trip now?
1. Branson, Missouri
Branson is arguably America’s top travel destination for seniors. With more than 50 music and movie theaters and more than 10 championship golf courses, Branson boasts entertainment options for just about everyone. If you’re taking grandkids with you, go in the warmer months-they’ll enjoy the city’s water parks and water rides. Museum highlights include Dick Clark’s American Bandstand museum (featuring classic cars and other nostalgic exhibits), a Hollywood Wax Museum, the Titanic Museum, and a museum filled with antique toys. If you’re active, Branson is a great place to walk around-there are tons of attractions to catch your attention, and the town is small enough to seem quaint and friendly.
2. Jersey Shore
Spend your vacation on the boardwalk and the beach at any of New Jersey’s towns on the shore. Hotels can eat away a lot of the costs of a trip to the beach, but Ocean City and other Jersey towns have a wide selection of vacation rentals that you can snag for a fraction of a hotel’s cost. Lots of rentals are fully equipped with kitchens, too, so if you have special dietary needs, you can prepare your own food as needed. The sand and sun in Jersey is a perfect getaway for seniors who love to relax and hear the waves lapping in the distance. Jersey Shore definitely makes our list of the top senior travel destinations.
3. Your Local National Park
That’s right! Lace up your hiking boots and pack your camping stove, because national parks have senior discounts that are too good to pass up. Traveling to a national park is a great way to take a meaningful vacation that you’ll be able to remember even without any kitschy souvenirs. If you want gentle exercise, walk and hike the trails that the U.S.’s many parks have to offer.
4. Portland, Oregon
Portland is a fantastic place for active, progressive seniors to visit. The city has miles upon miles of public bike lanes, and its other public transportation, ranging from buses to the light rail, is top-notch. Visiting seniors should bring umbrellas, as the city gets a lot of rain, but its temperate climate means that almost any time of year will make for a great visit. Sometimes called “The City of Roses,” Portland is known for its photogenic neighborhoods with beautiful rose gardens. Parks and open spaces are easy to find, so this city is very accommodating for seniors who enjoy relaxing walks and sightseeing.
America’s largest state may also be one of its most seldom visited, but that shouldn’t be the case for seniors. No matter what you like, you’ll be able to find a place in Alaska that caters to you. There’s almost no state better for hunting, fishing, and other nature-oriented activities, and Alaska’s cities boast interesting shops and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Alaska should be on everyone’s list as one of the top senior travel destinations.
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