Senior Citizens on the Go: 9 Most Popular Vacation Destinations for Seniors

by Jennifer Grey, HousingForSeniors.com Columnist | January 23, 2013 | Comments

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors this summer, stroll down a scenic street lined with boutiques and art galleries, or visit museums and cultural centers, there are plenty of opportunities out there that are both affordable and fun. Here are some of the top vacation destinations for seniors—both those on a budget, and those looking to splurge.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas isn’t just for gamblers. There’s plenty to do there—including shopping, great restaurants, and live performances of theatre, comedy, music, and more. And prices on hotels can be surprisingly reasonable, especially in the off season. People-watching can be a blast there, and the hotels are elaborate and fantastic—great for visits.

Washington Monument

If you’re looking for a dream vacation spot for 2013, you can’t go wrong with any of these destinations. They’re great for relaxation, excitement, education, and more—and perfect for seniors with diverse interests.

 

 

Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is a great place to visit, with some of the best museums in the world and plenty of cultural and historical attractions. Many of the museums and attractions here are free, and there are plenty of restaurants offering fare that’s both excellent and reasonably priced.

See Also: Senior Living in Washington DC

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is a great place for seniors to visit. Enjoy crab cakes—the town is famous for them—by the sparkling Inner Harbor, visit the Baltimore Aquarium (one of the best in the country), and see the city’s many historic ships, boutique stores, and other attractions. Catch a Baltimore Orioles game or ride a water taxi.

See Also: Assisted Living in Maryland

Orlando, Florida

Most people think of Disney World when they think of Orlando. But the town offers a lot more than that—there’s golf, outlet malls, and beautiful parks and gardens to visit. Hotel prices are surprisingly reasonable during the off-season. And if you have grandchildren in tow, Disney World will give them a vacation experience they’ll never forget.

See Also: Independent Living in Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii is the most obvious vacation choice—for a reason. With absolutely stunning scenery, incredibly mild weather, boutique shops and great food, and more, Hawaii is an excellent place to visit and relax. Enjoy the beaches, people-watch in a downtown café, take a drive around the island, or visit the Dole Pineapple Factory—its’ all here.

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe offers plenty for seniors who love the outdoors, including backpacking, biking, hiking, and more. You can stay at a local hotel for surprisingly reasonable prices—or you can camp out for an even cheaper and more interesting experience.

Nashville, Tennessee

A country music Mecca and a hip, historical town, Nashville offers a lot to do—from concerts and live music at local bars to exploring the downtown boutiques and shops and visiting some fascinating historical attractions.

Burlington, Vermont

A picturesque little college town situated on the banks of Lake Champlain, Burlington offers a surprising amount of great food, cultural and artistic events, galleries, boutiques, and more—as well as stunning scenery and endless opportunity to enjoy the outdoors Vermont is so well known for. It makes a great launch point for a snowy ski vacation, summer hiking and boating, or a fall foliage tour.

New York City

If you’re looking for an exciting city vacation, you can’t go wrong with New York. Catch a Broadway show; go thrifting or antiquing or visit the top-end fashion boutiques; enjoy Central Park or one of the city’s other beautiful parks; and take advantage of all the city has to offer. There’s so much to do in New York City that your whole group can craft a different vacation experience—and never overlap in activities.

If you’re looking for a dream vacation spot for 2013, you can’t go wrong with any of these destinations. They’re great for relaxation, excitement, education, and more—and perfect for seniors with diverse interests. Do your research and find the best rates on travel, and you’ll likely have a vacation that’s both fun and affordable.

 

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Jennifer is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has worked as a GED teacher for an adult education nonprofit for several years, teaching students ranging in age from sixteen to sixty-eight. Today, she writes and researches on numerous topics-including adult education, senior living, and travel.