Great Vacation Adventures for Active Seniors

Great Vacation Adventures for Active Seniors

Great Vacation Adventures for Active Seniors

Need a vacation but don’t know where to go? Travel doesn’t just have to be about lazing away on a beach or waiting in line at tourist attractions. In fact, there are plenty of senior adventures you can embark on, whether you’re interested in volunteering, the culinary arts, the Great Outdoors, sports, or history.

Volunteer Vacation

Habitat for Humanity
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved locally with Habitat for Humanity, but if you’re looking to help out beyond the Chicago area, the Global Village program offers opportunities to travel while assisting those in need.

Habitat for Humanity also has other programs, such as Home Preservation, Veterans Build, and RV Care-A-Vanners. Once you’ve decided which program is the best fit for you, you can register through the website for the specific program you’re interested in. From there, you can work with the organization on planning your travel accommodations.

Global Volunteers
See the world while changing the lives of children with a Global Volunteers trip. From North America to the South Pacific, and pretty much everywhere in between, there are volunteer opportunities to help care for and educate communities in need. Missions to locales such as China, Romania, Ecuador, Tanzania, and more take place throughout the year, so you are certain to find a trip that fits best with your schedule and interests.

 

Foodie Adventures

Best of Diners Drive-ins & Dives
Plan a road trip that hits some of Guy Fieri’s favorite eateries. Whether you want to make your way to New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, or anywhere else in the country, it’s easy to plan a foodie’s dream vacation visiting some of Fieri’s beloved Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Depending on how you plan to travel to these top restaurants, it’s easy to find hotels and accommodations near these delicious locations.

Best of Man vs. Food
Maybe you were a bigger fan of the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, and feel like you can take on some of the eating challenges that Adam Richman conquered. Take a vacation to try your hand (and stomach) at some of the nation’s most mouthwatering food feats with a tasty road trip to Man vs. Food hotspots spread throughout the country.

 

National Park Tour

Zion National Park
Located in southwest Utah, fly into Las Vegas (closer than Salt Lake City) and drive the 163 miles to Zion National Park. If you don’t feel like making the drive yourself, there are shuttle services available to Zion. Once there, you can stay at one of the park’s three campgrounds or the Zion Lodge. Spend your time in Zion hiking, cycling, birding, and simply enjoying the gorgeous surroundings.

Rocky Mountain National Park
A short drive from Denver International Airport, Rocky Mountain National Park is 415 square miles of stunning mountain terrain. The park has a free shuttle services that makes it easy and cost effective to explore this amazing piece of Rocky Mountain country. Don’t forget your camera, to capture breathtaking shots of gorgeous scenery and incredible wildlife.

Acadia National Park
From granite peaks to sandy Atlantic shores, Acadia National Park in Maine is a great locale for camping, hiking and birding. Acadia is accessible via car, plane, and public transportation, depending on what best suits your travel budget. Take a guided tour with a park ranger, visit nearby wildlife refuges, or explore the wonders of Acadia on your own.

Big Bend National Park
From day hikes to scenic drives, Big Bend National Park in Texas offers visitors spectacular views, trails, and campgrounds in the Chisos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. To get to Big Bend, you can fly into Midland/Odessa or El Paso, and take a car, train or bus to the park. Enjoy bird watching, horseback riding, ranger-led programs, and so much more in Big Bend National Park.

 

Sports Enthusiasts

Baseball Hall of Fame
Fly into Albany, Binghamton, or Syracuse, and make the 90 mile trip to Cooperstown, New York to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. Whether you book a Baseball Hall of Fame travel package or plan your own visit, this home to America’s favorite summer pastime is not to be missed for any fan of the game. Depending on your budget and needs, Cooperstown offers a wide variety of lodging options for Baseball Hall of Fame visitors.

Pro Football Hall of Fame
When football season is over, fans head to Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A 10 minute drive from the Akron-Canton Airport and an hour away from the Cleveland Hopkins Airport, getting to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is relatively simple.  Also, there’s a large selection of nearby hotels where you can reserve a room for your visit to Canton and the hall of fame.

Historic Baseball Stadiums
For the true baseball and history enthusiast, a nationwide trip to the game’s historic stadiums might sound like a thrill to you. From Fenway Park to Dodger Stadium, there are so many wonderful baseball stadiums to see in this country. You could do a cross-country trip to see them all or break it up into smaller sections, such as baseball stadiums of the west.

 

Route 66 Attractions

Old St. Patrick’s Church
Old St. Pat’s in Chicago is a beautiful Roman Catholic Church that hosts regular services and tours for visitors. Since it was founded on Easter 1846 by Irish immigrants, this church has a played a dynamic role in Chicago’s history. The church has three parking lots but if your visit takes place on a Sunday, remember that spaces are limited.

Woody Guthrie Center
Fans of American folk music will love the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chronicling the life and times of this celebrated singer-songwriter, the center hosts a variety of permanent and touring exhibits. Tulsa has numerous lodging options, making it easy to find a hotel in your budget. Additionally, the trip to Tulsa is an easy one, whether you decide to fly or drive there.

Cadillac Ranch
A public art installation in Amarillo, Texas, Cadillac Ranch was created by a group of San Francisco artists called the Ant Farm in 1974. Truly one of Route 66’s most treasured roadside attractions, thousands of people flock to Cadillac Ranch every year to admire this massive art project. Cadillac Ranch visitors will find a number of places to stay and eat in Amarillo.  

 

Quirky Landmarks

Biggest Ball of Twine
While there might not be a lot to see in Cawker City, Kansas, the world’s largest ball of twine is a big enough draw to make the trip worthwhile. Comprised of 1.6 million feet of twine, the ball measures 11 feet in diameter with a circumference of 40 feet. Lodging in the area is limited so make your reservations ahead of time.

Vegas Sign Graveyard
With all of the shows, shopping, and gambling you can enjoy in Las Vegas, it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything else to do off The Strip. However, the Neon Museum of Las Vegas is not to be missed. To visit this museum, you must book a guided tour prior to your arrival. View over 200 signs from the glory days of Las Vegas, seven of which have been restored to the glowing beauty of yesteryear. Of course, you have your pick of hotels to stay at in Las Vegas, and getting there is a breeze with all of the flights from Chicago to Las Vegas happening multiple times per day.

 

Historical Landmarks

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Located in the Black Hills of North Dakota, Mount Rushmore attracts millions of visitors every year. You can fly or drive to the Mt. Rushmore, or book a shuttle service. Nearby towns such as Keystone, Hill City, Custer, and Rapid City offer lodging options, or you can find a nearby campgrounds to pitch your tent. Mount Rushmore is an engrossing monument to our nation’s past that every patriot should see once in their lives.  

Arlington National Cemetery
To honor those who gave their lives for our freedom, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery in our country’s capital is a moving experience. Bus tours are available for those interested, or you can simply visit Arlington and wander its beautiful grounds on your own. There’s so much to explore at Arlington, from the Tomb of the Unknown Solider to the Memorial Amphitheater. There are tons of hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and inns in the area, so finding a place to stay depends mostly on your personal preferences for lodging.

Space Needle
An observation tower built for the 1962 World Fair, the Space Needle has been a defining characteristic of the Seattle skyline for decades. Looming over 600 feet above the ground, the Space Needle is a futuristic architectural marvel  that allows visitors to take in expansive views of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle being the big city it is, there are a variety of lodging options available. Additionally, there are multiple daily flights from Chicago to Seattle, making it a breeze to visit the Space Needle.


Whether you choose to stay closer to home or go as far away as you possibly can, these adventure ideas only scratch the surface of activities you can choose from. Make your adventure your own and enjoy it – there’s no time like the present to make new memories! If you’re interested in more information about an active senior lifestyle, contact us today!