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Vacations for Seniors: Where to Travel during Fall

Summer is coming to an end and cooler temperatures are just around the corner. Seasons changing means it is the perfect time to look into new vacation locations when travel is cheaper and crowds are smaller. The senior lifestyle means that your time opens up and you are not so limited on when you are able to travel.

Just because you are retired does not mean you can’t enjoy an active lifestyle. Vacations for seniors don’t have to fit around a work schedule and allow you to go during the off seasons for cost purposes.

Some of the following locations are ideal for senior travel:

New England

At the top of the list and one of the most popular fall destinations is New England. Fall in New England is known for the seasonal activities and amazing foliage.

The foliage is so popular that there are daily guided tours focused on foliage exploring. Later, when the evenings start getting cold, there are wine and cheese tastings for everyone to finish the day off right.

You are not limited to staying in New England though. There are cruises that make a series of stops over an average of 14 days. The cruise can take you through all of New England’s states by starting in New York City and taking you through places like Boston, Portland, New Haven, and Acadia National Park.

Hawaii

No matter what your passions or interests consist of, the islands of Hawaii have something for everyone to enjoy. The climate in the islands is always beautiful and fall is no exception. 

Hawaii vacation options can range from relaxing on one of the many beaches to snorkeling or even a nature hike. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the Hawaiian rainforests. 

Disney World and Disneyland

Disney World and Disneyland are often thought of for children or family vacations. However, fall means that most children are back in school and the Florida and California weather are cooling off. 

Both Disney World and Disneyland will be less crowded and easier to enjoy without the summer time heat. Senior citizens can get great deals on vacation packages, and it is also the perfect destination to go with your children and grandchildren. It gives the chance to experience the theme parks and spend quality time with your family. While Disney itself does not offer senior discounts on tickets or accommodations, you may find discounts at other sites like AAA or AARP.

Don’t see Disney World or Disneyland and panic! Yes, they are huge, but they are also manageable and fun for people of all ages. With a little research, you can find help creating a game plan and pricing everything out. Not only that, they provide accomodations like transit and wheelchairs when they are needed.

US National Parks

The United States has 61 national parks and there is more to them than just preserving nature. In addition to keeping the natural beauty, they are there for people to explore and take in. Ideally, they will send you home with a better understanding and appreciation for nature and how we can help preserve it for future generations to come.

Picking the right national park may seem like a hard choice to make, but different parks offer different things. In order to figure out where you should visit, do your research and find a national park that has activities you are interested in, such as fishing, camping, volunteer opportunities, and wildlife watching.

If you have a documented disability, you can also apply for a free lifetime pass to all of the national parks. For more information on national parks and what you they offer, you can visit the National Park Service website.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

A popular vacation spot like Santa Fe, New Mexico may not come to mind when you are considering vacations for seniors, but the culture alone provides a variety of options. 

If you want to see the city and the surrounding area from a fresh perspective, the two-and-a-half-hour “Amazing Scavenger Hunt” might be just the thing for you. The scavenger hunt covers one-and-three quarters miles and has the participants using smartphones to feed them clues and puzzles to solve while also exploring the city. It is important to keep in mind that the best time to visit this desert city is from September to November, when the temperatures are most comfortable for vacations.

Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach is a resort city off the coast of Miami, Florida , located between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. Miami has plenty to offer for senior travel, including some great beachfront resorts. Miami Beach is home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and guided tours are available to everyone. In addition, there are some great museums in Miami Beach including the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, and Lincoln Road is great for shopping. As expected when vacationing at a beach, there are plenty of opportunities for spending time on the beach with great views and activities.

Don’t forget to enjoy a couple of seafood dinners too!

Island of St. John, US Virgin Islands

The Island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is the best option when it comes to experiencing a tropical vacation in North America. The land of the Island of St. John consists of over 60 percent conserved land of the Virgin Islands National Park.

St. John is considered to be a tourist location with most of their economy being based around tourism. An hourly ferry service runs from The Island of St. John to nearby Tortola. Regular ferries also operate to and from Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke creating plenty of opportunities for day trips. 

A vacation is all about what you make it. Senior travel does not have to be harder than it was earlier in life. Take advantage of the open scheduling and senior discounts where you can find them. You can also look locally to find a group of people similar to you who like to travel together for a discounted price. Make the most of your time and the vacations you are able to take.

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Hannah Verret
Hannah Verret is a Content Developer at Med-Alert Pros in Memphis, TN. Hannah has been working in content creation throughout her entire adult career. When Hannah isn't writing or organizing social media posts, she's spending her time reading and loving on her many pets.

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