When it comes to the United States, there are a lot of great destinations to choose from. But, there are five places, in particular, that are perfect for seniors. Here are the details of these not-to-be missed travel spots for the young at heart.
1: Oahu, Hawaii
It’s a long flight, but the scenery and history of the Hawaiian Islands are too incredible to ignore. Each island has a unique feel, but Oahu – where Honolulu is located – is perfect for history buffs. Perhaps the most sobering experience is that of Pearl Harbor, which signified the start of World War II. You can take a water taxi out to the site of the sunken U.S.S. Arizona. The Dole Plantation is another attraction on the island. No visit is complete without a Dole-Whip frozen treat! The world-famous Waikiki Beach is the ideal spot to watch the morning surfers while Diamond Head stands proud in the background. There is so much more to see and do. For more information, visit http://www.visit-oahu.com/ .
2: Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Located in Pine Mountain, about 70 miles Southwest of the Atlanta airport, Callaway Gardens is a nature-lovers’ retreat. The resort boasts fly-fishing, several golf courses, miles of hiking and biking trails, and year-round events to enliven your sense of the outdoors. Attractions include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, vegetable garden, and pioneer log cabin. It’s good, old-fashioned fun and probably the most peaceful vacation you’ll ever take! There are several restaurants on the property, and your choice of lodging ranges from rustic cottages to the brand new lodge and spa. The resort is close to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s former abode in Warm Springs, which also provides an afternoon of fun. Take a look around at http://www.callawaygardens.com/ .
3: Walt Disney World, Florida
The “World” is not just for kids, you know. There are many special events that go on throughout the year that only well-seasoned adults can truly enjoy. Epcot Center, in particular, has international festivals that they put on, including the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring and the Food and Wine Festival in the fall. In addition, the Candlelight Processional is a wonderful Christmastime experience with a mass choir and a celebrity guest. To find out what’s going on in the next 12 months, take a peek at their website: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-events/ .
4: Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
Celebrate America’s history at this town by the Potomac River, across from Washington D.C. There are many meaningful attractions to partake in, like the Christ Church that George Washington attended or Gadsby’s Tavern where Thomas Jefferson was a guest. The famous home of Washington, Mount Vernon, is a short drive/boat ride away. With numerous boutiques, restaurants, and hotels to choose from, this historic town takes you back to the 18th Century in style. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, hop on the D.C. Metro – it will take you straight into Washington D.C. For more information on Alexandria, go to http://visitalexandriava.com/ .
5: Napa Valley, California
Calling all wine lovers, this is your paradise! You could spend weeks in Napa Valley, exploring wineries that range from the small, family-run organizations to the large, commercial endeavors. It’s not all about the wine, though. Surrounded by mountains, the beauty of the valley surpasses that of just a blooming vineyard. There are geysers to see, fabulous restaurants to try, and a wine train that makes a three-hour trek through the countryside. It can be overwhelming to figure out which wineries to visit, so stick to what you love, and the rest will fall into place. To get some ideas for this highly recommended trip, visit http://napavalley.com/ .