Seven great vacation spots for seniors in the U.S.

by Jennifer Bell

Living in an independent senior living community and looking for some adventure? Now is a great time to get out and see the country. The U.S is widely diverse and has so many great destinations for seniors to visit.

1. Alaska

Alaska is like no other place in the US. From glaciers to the untamed wilderness, Alaska has it all. The best part is you can experience the best sights on an Alaskan cruise. Cruises allow you to enjoy the creature comforts of a hotel with views of glaciers, waterfalls, stunning coastline, and whales. For those that stay inland, there are 17 national parks for nature hiking and tours.

2. Sedona, Arizona

A bit further south than Alaska, you can find yourself in Sedona, Arizona, just a two-hour drive from Phoenix. Sedona has a great mild climate and is a great place to visit for any lifestyle. You can sightsee the amazing red rocks or relax at one of the spas or resorts. Its location offers excellent wilderness opportunities like hot air balloon rides, star gazing, and Jeep tours.

3. Key West, Florida

Want a taste of the Caribbean without leaving the country? Then Key West should be on your list. There are plenty of sights to see for the inner history buff, like the Hemmingway home and the Southernmost Point of the Continental US. There’s also plenty of opportunities to relax, and take in the sunsets too.

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is one of the oldest state capitals in the US. It boasts opportunities in and out of the city, from unique museums to golf. In this walkable city, you can experience a variety of art galleries and museums. The mild climate, much like Sedona’s, is one of the main benefits of the city. Live music and Turquoise are also big here and support the local economy.

5. U.S National Parks

Seniors have access to a lifetime pass to the U.S national parks for just $80 or $20 annually. This will grant you access to unique locations like The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, to name a few. A big plus is that traveling companions get in free with you, up to three adults.

6. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg and the surrounding areas like Jamestown are a must-see for any history fan. The living museum of Colonial Williamsburg transports you back in time to see how the colonists lived. The museum is staffed with historical characters to immerse you in the setting. The area is excellent for shopping and relaxing, among other things like golf are all nearby.

7. Hawaii

Hawaii is a beautiful tropical state full of opportunities for active seniors. From volcanoes and natural formations, there are a lot of opportunities to get out and explore. Historical landmarks like pearl harbor and the USS Arizona are also popular tourist attractions. If you want a fun, relaxing option, there are plenty of beachfront resorts for you to relax and put your feet up at.

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.

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