As we age, checking off bucket list items can seem more and more daunting, but it doesn’t have to be—especially when it comes to travel. There are a wealth of vacation and travel options designed specifically for seniors with limited mobility to explore new destinations and enjoy new experiences. When it comes to the best vacations for seniors it’s all about comfort and accessibility without sacrificing the fun and adventure of travel. From trying the best dish at a restaurant in a new city to sailing the seven seas on a cruise ship, there’s never been a better time for seniors to pack their bags and see what the world has to offer.
1. Niagara Falls
One of the most breathtaking natural wonders in the country, Niagara Falls is also one of the best vacations for seniors to travel to because of its easy accessibility. The falls can be viewed from several handicap-accessible observation decks that all offer stunning panoramic views of the 3,160 tons of water that flow over the falls every second. With accessible boat tours, helicopter rides, museums, wineries, and gardens, seniors can enjoy the falls with the whole family. Cross the border into Canada to get a behind the scenes view of the falls or venture to neighboring Lewiston and Youngstown for gorgeous river views and a picnic at Fort Niagara.
2. National Parks
America’s National Parks system comprises some of the most beautiful and unspoiled wilderness areas in the country. Many parks have accessible trails and scenic drives that are great for seniors with limited mobility. Many parks also offer educational programs and tours led by park rangers so you can learn about the natural history as you enjoy stunning vistas, diverse wildlife, and recreational activities. National parks are an excellent choice for seniors looking to reconnect with nature and explore the country’s great outdoors. Some great senior-friendly parks include Acadia National Park in Maine, Yosemite National Park in California, Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii.
3. Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina combines natural beauty, outdoor activities, and senior-friendly amenities to create the perfect choice for seniors looking for a seaside vacation. Enjoy miles of pristine beach, crisp ocean views, and warm sunshine while you relax. The surrounding area also offers a wide range of activities like golfing, fishing, and nature walks. With gorgeous scenery, an active atmosphere, and senior amenities, like senior discounts and limited mobility accessibility, Myrtle Beach is a premier senior vacation destination.
4. Accessible Cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and San Antonio
History, entertainment, and charm come together in these three cities making them perfect for seniors. Rich in history and host to a thriving food scene, Boston is a very walkable city that gives seniors the ability to learn about American history and grab a great bite to eat around every corner. Philadelphia offers a similar atmosphere as Boston with numerous museums, historical landmarks, and more. San Antonio boasts a richly diverse and accessible zoo with over 750 animal species making it a great choice for seniors traveling with the whole family.
5. Consider a cruise
Cruises are one of the best vacation options for seniors looking to scratch that travel itch. Many cruises are specifically designed to cater to older adults with comfortable and safe lodgings, onboard amenities, and entertainment for every interest. Cruises also give seniors the opportunity to explore multiple destinations in one trip like cities in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, and much more. Packaging multiple trips gives seniors great value for their money as many cruises offer all-inclusive trips.
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