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Top 5 Travel Destinations for Seniors

When you think of retirement, what comes to mind? Shuffleboard? Bingo? Not for today’s seniors. Today’s seniors are changing the face of senior living and taking the world by storm – literally. There is no limit for today’s seniors – the world is theirs for the taking. Make this year your year of exploration. Grab your significant other, your friends, or even go by yourself to one of these senior travel hot spots. 

Top 5 Travel Destinations for Seniors

1. Alaskan Cruise

Alaskan Cruise
Majestic views from an Alaskan cruise

Boasting over 10,000 glaciers and 17 of the 20 highest mountain peaks in the United States, it’s no wonder that Alaska is high on the list of travel destinations for seniors. Its stunning beauty is enough to captivate even the most traveled senior. A cruise is a great way for seniors to see Alaska. The abundance of cruises to Alaska makes it a great option for all budgets and schedules.  Additionally, cruises give seniors options that can accommodate the physically active and those whose mobility is restricted. Take a helicopter ride to the top of a glacier or stay put on your cruise balcony and soak in once in a lifetime scenery. Either way, you’ll have the time of your life.


Santa Fe, New Mexico
A colorful sunset in Santa Fe

2. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe is a cultural hotspot in the United States. Featuring a higher concentration of art galleries and museums than anywhere else in the world, Santa Fe is a great spot for seniors to explore. The city’s Spanish influence is obvious on its cultural entertainment and world-famous cuisine. It’s easy to navigate and very pedestrian friendly, encouraging visitors to walk around the vibrant downtown area. Located over 7000 feet high in the Rocky Mountains, Santa Fe’s climate is perfect for seniors – not too hot, not too cool. And with that altitude comes breathtaking views of mountains and canyons and stunning seasonal scenery. More active seniors will enjoy setting off an easy hike in the summer months or hitting the slopes in the winter.

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3. Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona
Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona

This desert town is anything but desolate. Sedona is thought to be one of the most beautiful places on earth with color changing red rock formations, stately pine forests, and stunning natural beauty. Sedona has a plethora of resorts and hotels surrounded by wildlife and forest, encouraging guests to relax and get away from hustle and bustle. Sedona is cooler than other desert cities in Arizona and the mild climate is perfect for seniors coping with seasonal allergies or wanting to get away from the heat of the summer. Well-known for its New Age vibe, Sedona is a short drive from the Grand Canyon and the downtown area as several art galleries, spas, and restaurants.


Lake Tahoe
Kayaks on the shore of Lake Tahoe

4. Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is a top senior destination in all months. In the summer, Tahoe is a great place to relax in a cabin while enjoying water recreation, kayaking or jet skiing, or exploring the great outdoors on a hike. Lake Tahoe also boasts world-class golf courses for seniors looking to improve their stroke. In the winter, Lake Tahoe is a skiers paradise. Many hotels and resorts have ski lessons for people of all ages, and some even have classes you can take with your grandchildren.

5. Branson, Missouri

Branson, Missouri
Spring in Branson, Missouri

This often overlooked Midwestern city is a diamond in the rough. Branson, Missouri has been a popular tourist destination for seniors for years and is now drawing people of all its ages with its charm. Branson is the “Live Music Show Capital of the World”, boasting over 50 live performance theaters, three crystal lakes, 12 championship golf courses, a historic downtown area, and an international award-winning theme park. It’s a great place for family vacations where people of all generations can find something to pique their interest.


Now that you know where to go, you wonder how to plan these vacations. Don’t be overwhelmed. Give  Travel by Leisure Care a call. We are experts in senior travel and would love to help you plan your next adventure – wherever that may be!

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About the author

Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 8 years. With a B.S. in advertising from the University of Illinois, Alissa has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Published in Forbes, Senior Finance Advisor, and on other leading senior care blogs, she leverages her working knowledge of the senior care industry with leading research and best practices to create engaging content benefitting seniors and their caregivers. In her free time, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her family.