Senior Friendly Travel Destinations in The United States
You’ve retired and you want to travel. There are many areas of the country that you haven’t experienced yet and that you’re excited about the prospect of visiting. It’s a natural yearning for all humans to travel and see new places. If you’re not sure to which region in the United States you should travel, then maybe you could start with the tried and true.
We took a look at 3 popular destinations in the US that seniors like to go to. Each destination has different attractions for different interests. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about your next travel destination.
New York City
If you have never been to New York then you are in for a real treat. There are so many attractions awaiting you in the “Big Apple.” To name a few, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the One World Trade Center (1776 feet tall on purpose) and a number of museums, theaters, shopping opportunities, restaurants and other landmarks to keep you coming back for more.
Are you an art lover? If so you will love New York because you can visit the Museum of Modern Art and see the work of Jackson Pollock and Vincent Van Gogh, or take in the Metropolitan Museum of Art if art history is your thing.
There’s so much to see and do in New York City that you’ll just have to do it one visit at a time. It is one of the most popular cities in the world and gets millions of visitors each year. You will never be without a number of options in the Big Apple.
The weather may be the biggest concern for anyone who doesn’t like the cold in the winter, or the heat in the summer. It may be the very reason you came,so you can ice skate at the Rockefeller Center or walk through the winter scene at Central Park.
Things are usually pretty expensive in New York, hotels for example are not cheap. However there are plenty of affordable places to eat and shop. Some things are absolutely free, like sightseeing in the Financial District, seeing Wall Street, being taken back in time at The New York Public Library, or just window shopping along the streets of Time Square, 5th Avenue, Madison Avenue & Broadway and everywhere in between. Street food is relatively inexpensive, you can snack on $2 hotdogs or $3 pretzels. You’ll find one of the widest varieties of international foods here, that you won’t find anywhere else. A well-kept secret is the FREE (both ways) Staten Island Ferry, which takes you right by the Statue of Liberty. Take the subway to the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, that’s where you’ll board the Staten Island Ferry.
It probably won’t surprise you that Las Vegas is a very popular destination for seniors. Everyone likes to have a little flutter at times and there’s no better place for gambling than Las Vegas. There are a number of different casinos and we recommend that you experience as many of them as you can. Each has their own unique theme and atmosphere.
Las Vegas is all about entertainment. Almost everyone dreams of a trip to Vegas and more seniors are doing it for real these days. Las Vegas will thrill you with all that it has to offer. With all of it’s glittering lights, bells and whistles up & running 24 hours a day, you’ll find it hard to know when to call it a day. Vendors make an attempt to cater to seniors with specials like senior discounts, free appetizers and Buy One Get One dealsl.
Gambling isn’t for everyone, and that’s not a problem. There are plenty of once-in-a-lifetime shows and entertainers that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Shows like Magician David Copperfield, the dazzling aquatic acrobatics at “O” by Cirque du Soleil, the antics of Penn & Teller (who usually don’t leave until everyone who wants a free group-selfie with them gets it), the comedy of Brad Garrett and dozens more. Book your tickets ahead of time, or take advantage of “last minute” discounted tickets at shows that aren’t sold out.
There is also Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay that may be worth a visit to see the stingrays, jellyfish, Komodo dragons, sharks and more. Take plenty of money as you will need it! Ride through the Venetian Hotel in a gondola or ride a roller coaster through the Stratosphere Hotel.
Think about all the stories that you will never be able to tell your family and friends, because “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” There are few places in the world that can equal it in terms of excitement and entertainment.
Orlando can be a fun place to visit with the grandkids. In addition to the obvious great attractions like Disneyworld, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure it’s really got something for everyone. It’s definitely not just for kids.
Less well-known attractions in Orlando include the Mad Cow Theatre, the Orange County Regional History Center & Epcot. Epcot has some of the best entertainment for seniors anywhere in the country. There are various festivals held there throughout the year which will delight you. Examples are the Flower and Garden Festival and the Food and Wine Festival.
You can visit some great beaches not far from Orlando. About an hour away by car is the New Smyrna Beach which boasts 13 miles of sandy beaches. If you are interested in space travel then the Kennedy Space Center is not that far away. Orlando is always full of tourists, so people watching is a given.
A lot of seniors have not traveled for a while. Some have not traveled by air in a very long time. With so many cellphone apps that are now available to make travel more streamline, they can be a hindrance to those of us that are not technically savvy. It might be good to take another person with you to be by your side as you get reacquainted with the new obstacles and new solutions that have come about with the age of the internet.
At the time of this writing, the United States is experiencing a COVID-19 pandemic. Things are slowly re-opening but the threat of the coronavirus cannot be ignored. A travel partner might be a good idea on your trip to help you maintain CDC guidelines, correctly follow protocols and abide by the travel restrictions that have been imposed by each state. They may be able to help you to plan ahead to take precautionary measures to ensure your safety.
Feeling Comfortable on a Road Trip
If you want to travel by road then ensure that your vehicle is suitable for the journey ahead, or arrange to rent a car if needed. Ensure that the car is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to the commencement of your trip and also make certain that you pack all of the essential things like protective masks, cleaning supplies and rations for your journey.
Best Route to Your Destination
Plan the best route to your destination to minimize the number of stops along the way. No matter who drives, sure that they remain well-rested, not taking any unnecessary risks by pushing their limits with you in the car.
Reservations for hotels, guided tours, shows and other events may be canceled without notice. Check ahead before arriving at your destination. A trip can still be “seat-of-the-pants” as far as where you want to end up, just realize that some places may surprise you with what limited services they have to offer due to COVID-19.
So if you have always wanted to visit New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando or any other place in the United States there is no reason for you to miss out. It doesn’t have to be a matter of “if,” it’s just a matter of “when & how.” To stay safe, be sure to choose the “when & how” as carefully as you choose the “where.”