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Top 5 Vacation Spots for Retirees

Western National Parks

The American West is a travel destination like no other. There are mystical deserts, rolling hills, dense forests, different climates and many species of wildlife. It’s certainly a region that you have to budget a considerable amount of time exploring, and you can finally afford that in retirement. Its also a great place to travel via RV, a popular mode of transportation for retirees. Donna Hull, the author of My Itchy Travel Feet (a babyboomers’ guidebook to travel) says, “begin by exploring the hiking trails, glaciers and lakes of Glacier National Park.”

“Of course driving the engineering marvel, Going-to-the-Sun Road, is a must do.” She also urges retirees to travel to Yellowstone National Park and pay a visit to the famed geyser, Old Faithful.

“A float down the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park completes this western road trip,” Hull says.

Paris

Paris might seem like a city for a younger crowd, but its manageable size, level terrain and superb transportation system make it a perfect destination for retirees as well. Whether you enjoy food, art, shopping, fashion, history, architecture, nature, people-watching- Paris has options for you. It’s also a great place to go with a significant other; the quintessential romantic nature of the city really does keep that spark alive in any major relationship.

 

Naples, Florida

Naples offers something fun for every member of the family, including those of a more mature age. This small town along Florida’s picturesque Gulf Coast lets retirees enjoy a charming downtown that offers upscale shopping and dining, as well as cultural attractions. One of these attractions is golf. This repeatedly titled, “Golf Capital of the World” draws scores of experienced and novice golf fans alike to play on the region’s greens, many designed by icons like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Alaska

There’s no place in the world quite like Alaska. Featuring a captivating display of both sea and land, Alaska attracts visitors from all of the world to gawk at its impressive scenery and wildlife.

So much so that Jaxson Maurer, owner and operator of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in the Seattle area, says demand has gone through the roof for Alaskan vacations and cruises.

Described as “a magical wonder” by Maurer, Alaska can be a relaxing vacation destination for retirees, especially if you want to travel via cruise.

“Guests can enjoy dinner while watching cascading waterfalls sail by, see massive glaciers come up around the corner, eagles soaring above head and whales popping up to say hello,” he said.

The Caribbean

The Caribbean is such a great travel choice, because it entails so many different options. Any one of the islands features the same powder-white sand and turquoise water, but they vary in language, culture and attractions. Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Jamaica are consistently top-rated.  Another option is to try newly-visitable Cuba. Recently re-opened, Havana is attracting tourists like bees to honey.

 

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