10 Great Vacation Destinations for Seniors

Plan Your Own Tour in the U.S. and Abroad

Whether you're planning a trip overseas or staying close to home, deciding where to go is one of the most important travel decisions you'll make. Luckily, there are many great destinations for seniors. From historical sites and national parks to European vacations, there's something for every person and budget. Let's take a look at some of the top destinations you'll want to consider during your travel planning.

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    The United States Capitol is the meeting place of the United States Congress, the legislature of the U.S. federal government. Located in Washington, D.C., it sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall. Though it has never been the geographic center of the federal district, the Capitol is the origin by which the quadrants of the District are divided and the city was planned. The National Mall is a national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) administers the National Mall, which is part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks unit.
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    The nation's capital will keep you busy and almost all the attractions are located in close proximity to each other. Your tour can take you to the National Mall, the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, and Arlington National Cemetery. Traveling around town is easy and there are a few affordable and free options available to get you to these destinations.

    While you're in the area, you'll find that Williamsburg, Virginia is not too far away. Exploring the area known as the Historic Triangle of Virginia is the perfect way to finish off your all-American trip.

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    Japanese woman standing in rural landscape, Yellowstone, Wyoming, United States
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    No matter what state you're in, there's bound to be a National Park nearby. You can plan your own tour and visit a few on your journey for very little money. The best deal can be found by signing up for the National Parks Senior Pass, which is only $20 and is doesn't expire.

    This is the perfect idea if you love to hit the road in your RV. You'll get to see the natural wonders of the U.S. and find many historical parks to enjoy along the way.

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    Bunker Hill Monument
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    History buffs will not want to miss the cultural heritage to be found at America's famous battlefields. These popular tourist attractions are often set in beautiful locations or have cities nearby with plenty of amenities and the history lessons they offer are invaluable.

    From Revolutionary War sites like Bunker Hill in Massachusetts and Yorktown in Virginia to the many Civil War battlefields that dot the countryside, you can easily take a month or two stopping by each one.

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    Baltimore City Skyline with The Parade of Sail
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    The Atlantic coastline of the U.S. offers many fantastic travel destinations and one of the premier spots is the Chesapeake Bay. Located along the coastlines of Maryland and Virginia, you'll find everything from small towns to big cities and it's quite the enjoyable vacation spot. 

    While there, you can enjoy a few rounds of golf or relax while fishing or bird watching. There are islands to explore and historical attractions to tour. Plus, it's all available amidst a backdrop of beautiful scenery.

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    Rocky Mountain Rail Tour train, British Columbia, Canada.
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    Train travel is romantic and it's one of the best ways to tour a lot of the country without the need to drive. You just sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Not only can you plan your trip to stop at major destinations in the U.S. and Canada, you also get to enjoy scenery that cannot be seen by car. The train trip itself is a fantastic destination, the places you visit along the way are simply perks of the adventure.

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    Blockhouse Point Lighthouse, Rocky Point, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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    Canada's 13 provinces and territories have a lot to offer as well, yet the provinces off the eastern coast are a little-known respite for travelers. You can enjoy the warm beaches of New Brunswick or the tranquility of Prince Edward Island. The scenery abounds in Nova Scotia as well, with the Cabot Trail among it's biggest attractions.

    Yet, if you really want to experience the wonders of nature, travel north to Newfoundland and Labrador. There, you can do some whale and bird watching and visit Iceberg Alley. The locals are very laid back and welcoming to travelers, so you're sure to have a good time.

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    France, Paris, elderly couple walking arm in arm on bridge next to Notre Dame Cathedral
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    France is the world's top travel ​destination, and with good reason. Each region of France has its own unique character, heritage, and cuisine.

    France has it all—the Alps, the Normandy coast, soaring church spires, historic castles, and more. Add in the country's excellent food and delightful wines, and the result is an unforgettable vacation. 

    Of course, no French vacation is complete without hitting the top attractions in Paris. The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame are just a few places you will not want to miss.

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    Tourists Looking at Produce in Store
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    Italy is another top European destination and it has lots to offer travelers. Getting around is easy by train and you'll find it to be just one of the countries that offer senior discounts for train travel.

    While in Italy, a stop by Rome is essential. This is where you'll visit the sites created by ancient Romans, including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Piazza Navona. It is a step back in time but you'll always be surrounded by modern restaurants and shops and plenty of friendly Italians.

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    Mature couple in front of Big Ben.
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    In all of Europe, London has a great reputation as a very tourist-friendly city. There's plenty to see and do and you can even take a side trip to the country side or choose to hop up to Ireland or Scotland while you're there.

    London is also known as not being the most budget-friendly city for visitors. However, with a few tips and some careful travel planning, it's rather easy to make it significantly more affordable.

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    Senior couple sitting on beach, Little Exuma Island, Bahamas
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    Retirement is all about relaxing and few places offer that better than the islands of the Caribbean. The great news for senior travelers is that the region is filled with all-inclusive resorts and many are for adults only, so there will be no kids underfoot.

    All-inclusive travel packages are nice because you don't need to worry about the details. Your meals are included, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, and you can simply relax and enjoy. Lounge on the beach, catch a round of golf or game of tennis, eat at a fine restaurant, it's all take care of for you.