Retirement is the ideal time to get out and explore – to visit places you’ve always dreamed of seeing in person.
The COVID-19 pandemic put nearly everyone’s travel plans on hold. Now, many Americans are ready to travel once again.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, 63 percent of Americans report they need a vacation post-pandemic.
But where should you head on your next long-awaited trip?
Here are our top suggestions for unforgettable trips in the United States. These destinations are sure to spark your motivation to get packing.
Explore U.S. National Parks
No matter where you land on the outdoorsy spectrum, you are sure to find something to enjoy at one of the United State’s 63 national parks.
U.S. national parks are accessible to visitors with a wide range of physical abilities and interests.
Best of all, Americans aged 62 or older can get the National Park Service’s lifetime senior pass to experience all the natural splendor for a one-time fee of $80.
Stake Your Claim in Alaska
Pioneers and explorers referred to Alaska as “The Last Frontier” at the close of the 19th century. Now, more than a hundred years later, Alaska remains just as mysterious and inviting as ever.
Glaciers, whales, and grizzlies are all part of the state’s supercharged scenery.
Thankfully, you don’t have to be a wilderness explorer to enjoy many of the exciting adventures Alaska has to offer.
Alaskan cruises and land tours make this escape accessible for pretty much everyone. Thrillseekers will love helicopter tours and whale-watching excursions while those looking to relax may opt for scenic train rides or expeditions to see the brilliant Northern Lights.
Discover Kauai’s Natural Beauty
This Hawaiian island is the ultimate paradise. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles along the island’s Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films while the 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon is said to rival the mainland’s Grand Canyon.
Whether you prefer to spend your time on the beach, the golf course, or on the trail, it’s easy to relax and unwind in Kauai.
Take a sunset cruise along the shoreline, visit one of the dozens of breathtaking waterfalls, or see how coffee is grown at the largest coffee farms in the United States.
Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed with a visit to Kauai or any of the other Hawaiian islands.
Roadtrip Along California’s Coast
If a road trip is what you have in mind, head to the west coast for one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Highway One along the California coast offers vista points and stunning bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Along the way, there are a number of gorgeous inns and resorts where you can soak up ocean views from the comfort of your room.
Be sure to allow plenty of time to stop at some of the fantastic restaurants, fine-art galleries, and trendy shops in the quaint beach towns you’ll find along the way.
Want to enjoy the sights without the drive? Sign up for a bus tour. Relax in comfort as you roll along the coast.
Step Inside History In Williamsburg, Virginia
If you’re a history buff, you’ll love Williamsburg. Here, you’ll have the chance to experience what it was like to be an original settler.
Walking tours take you around the village to visit the saddlemaker, the blacksmith, and the apothecary.
If you’re lucky, you might run into historical characters like one of the Founding Fathers or First Lady Martha Washington.
It’s like walking back in time. Costumed characters act out the details of life in the early years of America, providing a glimpse of daily life during this period.
The area also boasts lots of great shops, museums, and all sorts of other fun things to do – many of which offer senior discounts.
Open the Door to New Adventures With Independent Living
Living in an independent living community can open the door to exciting new adventures.
When you have fewer responsibilities, you have more time to travel and explore. There’s no lawn to mow or maintenance to worry about. There’s no need to hire a house sitter while you are away. Instead, you’re free to enjoy last-minute getaways or long trips with peace of mind.
Are you ready to discover the difference independent living can make?
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