If you, like most people, look forward to traveling more as a senior, you’re in the right place. Preparing for travel can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. A great place to start is choosing where you want to go! Don’t have any ideas yet? No worries, here are five great places to visit as a senior.
1. Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Falls may be a good first stop if you’re a big nature buff looking to see some beautiful sites. Niagara Falls, a city in New York State, is a popular destination for aquatic beauty in the form of iconic waterfalls.
The official national park offers a variety of attractions and tours, including the Cave of the Winds walk, late-night water illuminations, hiking trails, and much more. If you want to take a break from the water activities, consider visiting the various food and snack restaurants in the park.
One thing to keep in mind about Niagara Falls is that the rocks and walkways can be slippery. As a senior it can be easier for you to have a fall, so be cautious. It can be helpful to understand your health benefits before traveling, which in your case, will likely be Medicare. If you have an Advantage plan, you may want to see what your benefits are if you’re traveling outside your plan’s network. You can find out more about Medicare Advantage plans and how they work online.
2. Hearst Castle, CA
There is also a wide range of destinations for those interested in a more historical approach. If this sounds like you, consider visiting Hearst Castle in California. Previously known as “La Cuesta Encantada,” the castle’s history goes all the way back to 1865 and consists of over 250,000 acres of land.
The museum offers a variety of tours through the different rooms and to admire the historical works of art. You can also explore the surrounding gardens and take in the beauty of the grounds.
3. Hilton Head Island
Golfing is also a fun pastime for many seniors. If you like golfing, consider taking a trip to Hilton Head Island, located in South Carolina. Several golf courses are available around the island, including the Atlantic Dunes situated right next to the beach.
The island is also home to various activities related to arts and culture, outdoors and recreation, shopping, biking, food, and more. So, although golfing can be the main attraction here, there’s much more to explore!
4. Savannah, GA
Savannah, Georgia, can be another great destination for seniors. If anything, Savannah is a place for the best of all words. Not only is the city full of rich history, art, and entertainment, Tybee Island is only about 30 minutes away. You can have some fun in the town and then make your way to the coast for some fun in the sun.
Savannah is also home to some award-winning restaurants sure to satisfy your southern cooking craving. From classic fried chicken to shrimp gumbo, Savannah has it all. Not sure where to start? Check out the world-famous restaurant, The Pirates’ House. And, who knows, you may run into a ghost or two!
5. Virginia Wine Country
Although it can be fun to visit these busier places, you may be more interested in a quiet vacation. If so, consider spending some time in the Virginia Wine Country, as Virginia is home to a vast array of wine vineyards. If you’re more of a cider person, there are places for you too!
There are a lot of wineries to choose from, so it can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, you can find helpful guides online to give you some ideas. Many of these wineries host different events, so be sure to do your research before to see what you might like!
The destination possibilities are endless for all types of lifestyles. From a day at the beach in Georgia to exploring estates grounds, there are many options to choose from. To help you choose, consider your main interests, and go from there. If you like it all, pick a place that offers many options. The choice is yours, but no matter where you go, be sure to have fun!
As a senior, it’s also important to know how your Medicare plans cover you when traveling as well. Whether you have an Advantage plan or a supplemental Plan G, be sure to double-check beforehand!