Your whole life, you have worked hard, and have made sacrifices, now that you are retired it is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of travel. Why not enjoy the sites and explore some of the most beautiful terrain in the world? Instead of traveling abroad and worrying about passports or currency exchange, explore our amazing country and the beautiful sites and wonderful history unique to the United States.
Right now, there are many travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. Be sure to check ahead before you book your trip and be sure to purchase travel insurance if available just in case.
Here is a list of 5 amazing vacation destinations in the U.S.A:
- #1 CALIFORNIA’S PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
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Want something local? If you have lived in CA and never driven the length of PCH, it is time to try it. You can begin your road trip in San Diego and travel north to San Francisco. The entire drive would only take 10 hours, but what would be fun about that? This drive is one of the most famous and renowned drives in the world. Instead, plan to stop at specific towns or cities along the way to truly experience the local experience and excellent food offerings. Some of the cities you may visit for an extended stay include San Diego, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Solvang and Los Olivos, San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Cambria, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, and ending in San Francisco. Each of these destinations offer excellent dining and accommodations, along with entertaining sites and outdoor experiences. Interested? Click here to learn more.
- #2 CALIFORNIA’S HISTORIC MISSION TRAIL
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Are you, your partner, or your friends who you are interested in traveling with history buffs? Anyone who went to school in California knows about the Missions Trail, but how many of us Californians have visited all 21 missions and driven the full length of El Camino Real? Spanning from San Diego to San Francisco, these 21 historic missions and their accompanying towns are each unique in their local history and significance. Most of the missions are still active Catholic parishes. You will need to plan your visits carefully to ensure that the missions are open when you visit, but it will be well worth the effort. Click here for travel tips and contact information for each of the missions.
- #3 SEDONA, ARIZONA
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Known as Red Rock Country, Sedona is located in a vast geological paradise. The unique geology of the region is due to this area being under the sea many million years ago. The iron oxide deposits left behind after the water receded were chemically weathered over time resulting in vibrant red rocks that practically glow during certain times of the day. You can stay in one of Sedona’s many luxury resorts and treat yourself to a spa visit for a massage, or enjoy any number of outdoor activities, including hiking, bird watching, jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, and so much more. Click here to learn more about Sedona, AZ.
- #4 AMERICA BY TRAIN
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Are you a ferroequinologist (rail transport fan)? If so, the United States and Amtrak trains have some amazing packages available. Just this…no traffic! You just browse through the available trips and select the one that suits you. These packages typically include hotel accommodations, your rail travel throughout the tour, touring, and some of your dining. Each is unique so you will need to review the details of any that interest you. You will be responsible for paying to get to and from the train station (which may be in another state, depending on the trip you choose). Some of the amazing tours available are an Autumn New England tour to see the gorgeous fall colors, the Colorado Rocky Mountain expedition through Colorado’s beautifully rugged terrain, a Great Lakes 11-day adventure, a Music of the South tour which travels through Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and Houston, plus many more! Click here for a full list.
- #5 BAR HARBOR, MAINE
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Why Maine, you say? Well, if you like lobster then you know why. Bar Harbor has several outdoor activities and attractions that will keep you entertained during your visit. Plan your vacation during warmer months as it gets pretty cold in the winter, or you may be snowshoeing instead of walking during your visit. This area is home to Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, golf resorts, botanical gardens, trolly tours, canoeing, whale watching, and more. This relaxing destination will allow you to reset and enjoy how beautiful coastal Maine is before you have to head home. Learn more about the fun you can have by visiting Bar Harbor here.
This was just a list of 5 options for you. There are thousands more out there. Whether they be something adventurous like whitewater rafting the Snake River in Wyoming or as ambitious as traveling the country visiting the 100 best golf courses, there are some great vacation destinations available.
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