Recommended Travel Destinations for Seniors-Part 1

Dec 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

To have a little fun and give you a little variety seniors, I have come up with several lists of neat places to visit, both in the states and elsewhere. You may have already been to several of these, but do check out the rest.  You still have time before your “time is up” for traveling.

  1.  Old Faithful Yellowstone park 
  2. Cliff Palace Mesa Verda National Park, Colorado 
  3. Crater Lake Oregon USA 
  4. Carlsbad Caverns 
  5. Bodie California ghost town 
  6. Mackinac Island 
  7. Ship wreck Cape Hatteras 
  8. Candy Striped Light house Cape Hatteras 
  9. Grass hut Indian City Oklahoma
  10. Okefenokee Swamp
  11. The Rim at Grand Canyon

Here are some out-of-the-way places that I found interesting and want to pass on to our readers:

San Juan Islands Tucked between the Washington coast and Canada, and with the Olympic Mountains and the Fuji-like volcanoes of the Cascades serving as its dramatic backdrop, Puget Sound is one of the most naturally majestic and distinctive corners of the Pacific Northwest. In its northern reaches, the archipelago of the San Juan Islands has remained relatively undeveloped despite its beautiful scenery and proximity to Seattle, whose rainy climate it does not share. The archipelago is made up of hundreds of islands if you count the rocky outcroppings, but just forty are inhabited. I loved this trip through the islands on my way to Vancouver.  So much scenery and the boat trip is fun.

The Ring Road – Iceland
America’s closest European neighbor, vast, volcanic Iceland is sadly misnamed. In fact it is about 89 percent ice free, and boasts one of the planet’s most incredible landscapes, full of contrasts and extremes. Medieval Europeans popularly believed it to be the threshold of the underworld, and Jules Verne chose a volcano here as the entranceway for his Journey to the Center of the Earth. The word geyser was coined here, named after Geysir, the largest of the island’s many spouting hot springs.

Cherry Blossom Viewing – Japan
Every year after the bleak winter skies disappear, tens of millions of Japanese flock to the parks and temple gardens in pursuit of hanami, or cherry blossom viewing. When a gentle breeze carries snowflake-size pink-and-white petals fluttering to the ground on a spring day, it is easy to understand how the Japanese passion for these ephemeral blossoms is an almost spiritual thing. In Tokyo, city-dwelling office workers make do with nighttime hanami, sake-drinking parties in the large Ueno Park or along the moat encircling the Imperial Palace.

Grand Teton National Park – U.S.A
Less lofty and snowy than many other American mountain ranges, the dozen peaks of the Teton Range win America’s geologic beauty pageant as the most photogenic of them all. Often referred to as the Grand Tetons (though “Grand Teton” properly refers only to the highest of the twelve), they are so divinely proportioned that early 19th-century French-Canadian trappers gave them their lasting nickname—which translates, straightforwardly enough, as “the big breasts.”

Isle of Skye and Kinloch Lodge – Scotland
A newish bridge has diluted some of its mystique and otherworldliness, but the Isle of Skye still remains a land apart in history and fantasy. The largest of the Inner Hebrides (50 miles long and from 3 to 25 miles wide), and one of the closest to the mainland, Skye is renowned for its unforgettable landscapes.

Machu Picchu – Perú
On a continent endowed with magnificent pre-Columbian archaeological sites, this is the supreme showpiece. Machu Picchu’s strategic and isolated high-altitude setting coupled with its mysterious significance in the ancient Inca universe make this “lost city” one of the world’s most beautiful and haunting destinations. Abandoned by the Inca and reclaimed by the jungle, the 100-acre complex of temples, warehouses, houses, irrigation terraces, and stairs remained hidden from outsiders until American explorer Hiram Bingham was led to it in 1911 by a ten-year-old local boy.

This kind of travel planning information is far too extensive for just one post… so to be continued tomorrow!  jeb

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