From the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, to the beaches of Hawaii, there is so much to see in the world. Now that you’re retired, you finally have time to take a trip and enjoy the world. If you’re not sure where to go, here are a few ideas to get you started:
Niagara Falls is a huge tourist attraction in both the United States and Canada. With waterfalls on both sides of the park, there is a wide variety of paths, tours and things to see. Daily Women Talks recommends visiting in September because that’s when the Niagara Falls Wine Festival occurs. The park is accessible to the disabled with wheelchair-accessible paths, and there are a limited amount of wheelchairs available at the Visitor Center upon request. Also, be sure not to miss The Maid of the Mist tour, so you can see the falls up close.
Alaska’s rugged beauty is not for the faint of heart. This is why it’s best to see it from a distance. An Alaskan cruise can open your eyes to the beautiful wilderness. While on the cruise, enjoy fine dining, late night movies, shopping malls, pools and more. Watch the sun glint off azure waters and snow-streaked mountains. If you feel adventurous, take a hunting tour with a local shop when docked or go fishing for giant halibut. Before you set off on this adventure, be sure to do your research on the best cruisers for handicap accessibility because there are no ADA standards for cruise ships. According to Cruise Critic, Princess Cruises takes wheelchair accessibility and special needs into mind. Its Alaska cruiseships have custom-built wilderness lodges that meet ADA guidelines, accessible rooms, railcars that can lower to the needed height, handrails and other features that are great for seniors and guests with special needs.
The Big Apple
New York City is a metropolis of cultures, people and art. Treat yourself to fine dining and a night on Broadway on this trip. From the award winning musical, “The Book of Mormon” to Disney classics like “Aladdin,” Broadway has something for everyone. Or, if you’re more of a sports fan, catch a game at Yankee Stadium. IndependentTraveler.com recommends a wide variety of tours that are great for seniors and people with mobility limitations. Seniors will love the accessible bus tours like Gray Line Tours, where they can see the city; the Paley Center for Media museum, which provides more than 100,000 radio and TV programs like “I Love Lucy”; and the delicious restaurants like Gallagher’s Steak House.
West Coast Road Trip
If you’re feeling wild, maybe a road trip is right for you. The drive down the West Coast of the United States can be a breathtaking journey. From the Olympic National Park in Washington to the long, flat beaches of Cannon Beach in Oregon to Big Sur in California, there is a plethora of sights, smells and experiences to be had while on this trip. Road trips are great if you’re an adventurous senior because you can make your own schedule and stop or pass through wherever you want. You aren’t stuck following a guided tour and you don’t have to worry about other passengers. And, you can enjoy some of the best restaurants, sightseeing and landscapes the West Coast has to offer on your own time.
If you still can’t decide where you want to travel, check out the AARP Trip Finder. This user-friendly search engine lets you designate what you like to do, how long you want to spend vacationing and what time of year. Then, the site makes informed decisions about which destinations offer what you’re looking for.