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7 of the Best National Parks for Seniors

These senior-friendly national parks in the U.S. have wheelchair access, audio tours for vision-impaired visitors, accessible trails, and more.

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America’s beautiful and diverse national parks are well-loved vacation destinations. From the U.S. Virgin Islands to American Samoa to 30 U.S. states, national parks have been set aside to preserve the natural beauty of their environment. California has the most, followed by Alaska, Utah, and Colorado, so it’s not surprising that when Travel + Leisure’s readers voted for their favorite national parks in the annual World's Best Awards , the majority of the 25 were in the West. 

While the rugged, remote settings are a large part of the appeal of U.S. national parks, those same factors have made exploring them a challenge for seniors with limited mobility, sight, or hearing. However, the National Park System is focusing on not only on improving accessibility, but also publishing specifics for planning national park visits, so that individuals of all ages can enjoy these spaces.

In 2012, the National Park Service (NPS) formed its Accessibility Task Force , with the overall goal of improving access for a wider range of visitors. The plan addresses wheelchair access, in addition to restrooms, parking lots, water fountains, and other potential challenges throughout the parks. Today, each park’s website includes an accessibility page that outlines services, facilities, and activities designed to enhance enjoyment for everyone. 

Annual and lifetime senior passes are available for visitors over the age of 62, and their travel companions (up to three) can also enter the national parks at no cost. U.S. citizens and permanent residents of any age who are medically determined to have a permanent disability are eligible for free national park access passes.

Aging in Place , an organization that serves as a resource for older Americans, published an article on the most accessible national parks, based on the number of wheelchair-friendly trails and restaurants. Badlands , Grand Canyon , and Yellowstone lead their list. 

After reviewing accessibility pages on additional national park websites, we came up with our list of the best national parks for seniors.

Yosemite National Park, California

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Yosemite National Park , one of the nation’s most popular destinations for waterfalls, granite cliffs, and giant sequoias, offers sign language interpreting and assistive listening devices for free for all park programs, along with FAQ videos presented in American Sign Language. Park brochures in Braille and activities for young visitors with a variety of special needs are also available. The accessibility guide includes a map of accessible parking areas, trails, picnic grounds, restrooms, campgrounds, lodging, and food service. 

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

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Featuring the longest known cave system in the world , this park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and International Biosphere Reserve. Two tours are available for individuals with limited mobility, including an elevator and access for wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, and canes. One of the tours offers a short bus ride to limit walking time. And an audio tour for vision-impaired visitors includes realistic sounds of water along with historic stories of the caves.

Acadia National Park, Maine

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Maine’s rugged, rocky coast, ocean views, the highest mountain on the Atlantic, and historic lighthouses are just a few things that Acadia National Park has to offer. The free, wheelchair-friendly Island Explorer shuttle buses take visitors to popular park destinations, some of which are accessible to wheelchairs. Visitor centers and restrooms are wheelchair accessible, too, and designated parking is available. Several picnic areas and campsites are accessible, and Jordan Pond House, the park’s only restaurant, has wheelchair access and connects to the shuttle. 

Everglades National Park, Florida

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More than a million acres of marshland across the southern tip of Florida offers visitors a chance to see a diverse subtropical area and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and Florida panther. A UNESCO World Heritage site and International Biosphere Reserve, Everglades provides captioning on films in visitor centers as well as assistive listening devices upon request for ranger-led programs. Visitors with limited mobility will find several wheelchair-accessible trails and boat tours, plus ramps and designated parking at visitor centers. Audio recordings, tactile exhibits, and printed information are available for vision-impaired guests as well.

Blue Ridge Parkway National Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

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The most-visited national park in 1921, according to the National Park Service , the 469- mile Parkway is designated as an All-American Road. Noted for its year-round beauty, it links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks. The Parkway site lists specific details about accessible visitor centers, programs, campsites, and restrooms. And an additional Blue Ridge Parkway site provides information on scenic overlooks, accessible trails, visitor centers, and fishing spots. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

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This beautiful destination has topped the list of most-visited national parks for many years, and saw more than 14 million guests in 2021. In addition to its stunning scenery, the park features historical attractions such as well-preserved log cabins, barns, cemeteries, and churches. Most of the visitor centers offer accessible parking, restrooms, exhibits, and audio-visual rooms on one level.  Road maps are provided for self-guided auto tours, and much of the park can be enjoyed from a vehicle, including many of the vintage buildings. 

Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana

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Located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, this 15,000-acre park offers sandy beaches, wetlands, dunes, forests, rivers, and wildlife. Visitors can enjoy the park year-round, with fishing and hiking during the summer and winter sports when snow falls. The visitor center is accessible , and devices are available for hearing assistance. Several campgrounds, picnic areas, a fishing pier, and trails are also accessible. During the summer season, large-wheeled wheelchairs are available for beach access.

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5 Best National Parks for Seniors: Tours, Free Entry & More

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With 63 national parks throughout the United States that offer gorgeous scenery, it’s easy to see how they represent the crown jewel of outdoor adventuring. For senior citizens settling into retirement life , national parks are a great way to embrace later years and explore much of what these designated areas have to offer. 

Best of all, senior citizens are eligible for an annual Senior Pass , providing them with access to national parks and other federal recreation sites. If you are a senior citizen looking to embark on outdoor adventures, this article is for you. Read on to learn more about the best national park tours for seniors and see how Cruise America can help you get there.

Best National Parks Tours for Seniors

Whether you’re looking to explore the vast unspoiled alpine wilderness in Yosemite or the forests in Acadia , there is something for every senior citizen to enjoy. Here are some of the best national parks for seniors.

Kenai Fjords National Park

With approximately 40 connected glaciers, breaching humpback whales, and vast mountain ranges, Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska has it all. On top of that, admission is free! Talk about a good deal! The park encompasses over 1,000 square miles of land and water. This means seniors can explore waterfall islands, rugged coastlines, and rock spires, just to name a few attractions.

Since most of the most notable attractions are accessible by water only, we recommend a boat tour from the city of Seward. It’s certainly one of the best national park tours for seniors. Summer is the ideal time for a visit since you’re dealing with temperatures between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is composed of crystal-clear lakes, an alpine tundra ecosystem, evergreen forests, and several high elevation peaks. Seniors looking for something subtle should try the park’s Rail Ridge Road. A trip to the top exposes you to scenic alpine views at just over 12,180 feet. There are also several short scenic trails , including the Bear Lake Loop and Copeland Falls. 

Keep in mind that if you’re planning to visit between May 27 and October 10, you’ll have to reserve a timed entry permit . Even seniors who possess an annual Senior Pass must participate in the reservation system.

Zion National Park

Composed of high mesas, rainbow-colored rock layers, and towering canyons, Zion National Park is the crown jewel of Utah. Even though canyoneering and rock climbing are popular recreational activities here, there are several outdoor activities suited for older folks. The Canyon Overlook Trail is one option. Seniors can also try Riverside Walk and explore lush hanging gardens around the Virgin River.

There are several bus tours around the park that can take visitors on a sightseeing adventure around the park. If you want to avoid large crowds, late fall, winter, and early spring would be the best periods for a visit. Keep in mind that temperatures may dip below freezing during winter nights.

Yellowstone National Park

Spanning over 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park is the pinnacle of national park sightseeing. The park’s best features include the Mammoth hot springs and active geysers. Seniors can drive around and explore daily attractions along the way or go on whitewater adventures at Snake River.

Driving to the top of Signal Mountain is another alternative. As far as when to go, May and September would be the best months for an overnight trip since most of the attractions remain open and crowds are minimal.

Acadia National Park

As one of the 10-most visited national parks in the United States, Acadia National Park has earned its reputation as a North Atlantic coastal haven. Three main regions make up the park: Mount Desert Island, the Schoodic Peninsula, and Isle au Haut. As far as suitable activities for seniors, a 3.5-mile Jordan Pond Loop Trail, is one option.

Visitors can also drive around the 27-mile park loop road through Mount Desert Island and take in stunning views of Cadillac Mountain. Seniors ages 62 and older are eligible for a seven-day pass. With this pass, visitors receive free rides on the Island Explorer. If weather is a concern, then the best time for a visit would be between late spring and fall. September is also a safe bet for avoiding large crowds and experiencing pleasant weather.

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Seniors Guide to the Top 10 U.S. National Parks

One thing we love about getting older is that we have more free time. Free time to do more of the things we love. Do you love traveling and exploring? We sure do!

Trips to beautiful tropical destinations are definitely popular, but did you know that you can explore some fascinating places right here in the US?

The US boasts 62 official protected National Parks in 29 states and also in the territories of American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands. They range in diversity from impressive white glacial mountain ranges to tropical islands with luscious mangroves and colorful coral reefs.

The experiences vary greatly in each park, and depending on your lifestyle and fitness level, there are sure to be several to put on your bucket list.

It was difficult to choose because believe us, we want to go to every single one of them, but we’ve narrowed it down to a list of the top 10 National Parks that we feel are more accessible and suitable for seniors.

Note: Check the alerts in effect for each park as some need reservations or are having phased re-openings due to COVID-19.

National Parks Senior Pass

This is the best part of becoming a senior. We get discounts and special rates for a variety of things. The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands offer America the Great passes that includes one for seniors.

The senior pass is a one-time lifetime $80 cost or a $20 annual cost. You choose which one better fits your travel plans. The pass is available for American citizens and permanent residents over the age of 62.

You can get your pass (after confirming citizenship and age) through the Internet , through the mail , or in person .

Having your senior pass can get you a 50% discount for some amenities in the parks like camping and guided tours. Your senior pass will also permit you to enter a National Park with up to four accompanying adults in a single car.

So here are the top 10 national parks to visit as a senior.

Arches National Park

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Arches National Park in Utah is one of the most spectacular scenes nature has to offer. It has over 2000 stone arches set amidst the impressive red stone landscape and contrasting bright blue sky. You’ll feel like you’ve landed on another planet.

When to go: Between March and October are typically the months with the most visits. Arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the long lines. Also, if you’re a photography enthusiast, this place is magical during sunsets.

Things to do: Drive through the arches and peaks on the paved roads. This can take anywhere from 1.5 hours to 4.5 hours depending on the route you choose.

Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park was the first official National Park when it was designated protected in 1872 and is now a United Nations World Heritage Site (UNESCO). The park spans through three states: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It is one of the most popular parks and for good reason.

The unique hydrothermal activity that happens here is simply fascinating. Plopping mud, hissing steam, and unusual smells make Yellowstone National Park a truly incomparable experience.

When to go: Most popular in the summer months, but open year-round. If you’re feeling more adventurous and want to brave the cold, you will find that the park has fewer visitors in the winter months.

Things to do: Take a guided tour, hike the trails, and even go fishing.

Mesa Verde National Park

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Another UNESCO designated site that has a truly fascinating history is the Mesa Verde National Park . It rests in Southwest Colorado and is home to some 600 impressive cave dwellings inhabited by the ancestral Puebloans from 550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.

When to go: It’s most popular in the summer months and gets less busy after September.

Things to do: We recommend you get a private tour that is catered to your needs and fitness level. Plan for approximately 4 hours.

Grand Canyon National Park

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UNESCO certified Grand Canyon National Park is a must-see in one’s life. The impressive geological formation is billions of years in the making and is host to millions of visitors every year.

When to go: As with most National Parks, summer and vacation periods are the busiest.

Things to do: Hiking and taking photos.

Acadia National Park

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Now let’s head north to the Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadia National Park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Get the chance to see raptors, falcons, and a variety of other birds. Walk the beaches, and let the ocean gently caress your feet.

When to go : Fall is a great time to visit the northeastern part of the US. Enjoy the colors!

Things to do: Take a guided cruise, hike, or birdwatch .

Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

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Alaska, that elusive majestic state. Want to see ice, mountains, and the sea? Kenai Fjords National Park is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The best way to admire the splendor is from a boat. If you’re lucky, you may see some whales, sea lions, and a variety of other marine mammals.

When to go: For obvious reasons, winter is not recommended.

Things to do: Guided boat tour.

Badlands National Park

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The Badlands National Park in South Dakota is where you can admire one of the world’s richest fossil beds. The rugged terrain is home to Bison, Bighorn Sheep, and a variety of wildlife who have made the Badlands their home for thousands of years.

When to go : Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit.

Things to do: Drive the Badlands Loop Road, visit the Fossil Preparation Lab.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

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Do you enjoy heights? Rocky Mountain National Park is sure to awe you with its spectacular snow-covered mountain ranges.

When to go: Avoid the winter months.

Things to do : Drive the Trail Ridge Road and take lots of photos.

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

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Everglade National Park , in Florida, is a UNESCO and Internationally protected area that is home to the only subtropical land in the US. It is the habitat of many endangered species like the manatee.

When to go: Open year-round.

Things to do: Walk the Anhinga Trail, take a guided boat tour, birdwatch.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Feeling a little more adventurous? Want to see bats? Visiting caves is a truly unique experience and Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico is sure to leave you with lasting memories. The park is home to 119 limestone caverns. Make sure you have some good closed-toe shoes with good anti-slip soles as the caves can be wet.

Things to do : Reserve a Ranger-guided tour to visit the caves.

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Best of Alaska

Best of Alaska

Alaska, Anchorage, Chugach Mountains, Denali, Denali National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Valdez

  • Head out on an Alaskan safari for a unique chance to see moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves in their natural habitat in Denali National Park.
  • Take a boat cruise on Resurrection Bay to Kenai Fjords and look out for orca whales, porpoises and puffins before enjoying some free time to hike or relax.
  • Discover Seward, one of Alaska's oldest and most scenic communities, then take a short hike to the tongue of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
  • Sit back and take in stunning views along the dramatic coastlines of the Turnagain Arm from Anchorage to Homer, then from Seward to Denali National Park, while someone else does the driving.
  • On the way to charming Talkeetna, take a breath in Girdwood, where you’ll hop on the Alyeska Aerial Tram to the top of Mt Alyeska and see some incredible views of seven glaciers and the valley below.

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"We joined the Intrepid “Real Italy Food Tour” and enjoyed it thoroughly. Our tour guide, Micol, was very knowledgeable and provided us with lots of good information. It seems Micol knew many of the staff of the venues we visited, including the pasta making class we attended. Our group of 11 travelers was extremely compatible, which greatly added to the fun and enjoyment."

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Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

  • Spend three nights in Drake Bay, the remote gateway to some of the premier wildlife destinations in Costa Rica
  • Explore Corcovado National Park, one of the biologically rich areas on the planet
  • Discover the wildlife and waterways of Tortuguero, an important nesting site for green turtles
  • Enjoy unrivalled wildlife viewing, including monkeys, sloths, dolphins and whales (in season)
  • Visit both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines

50 plus, Birding, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife

"Discover Costa Rica is a great itinerary, covering varied habitats around the country and staying 2 nights each at 6 centres. Their birdwatching specials are led by local experts who really know their stuff."

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Peru Children of the Andes

Peru Children of the Andes

Andes Mountains, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley

  • Discover remnants of a well-preserved historic civilization
  • Experience a thriving modern culture and Relish in the beauty of local hand-woven textiles
  • Breath-taking mountain peaks, and artifacts from one the most powerful empires in human history.
  • Meet local artisans, musicians, and grassroots leaders who’ll share their contributions to Andean society
  • Enjoy the magical ancient city of Machu Picchu, as well as other archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley

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"I recently returned from the Costa Rican wildlife safari. I was a bit concerned with Covid however every place was extremely clean and had places for you to wash your hands before you even walked in. This was a trip I was actually supposed to go on in 2020 however it was postponed, waiting so long the expectations were high. I was definitely not disappointed! Patricia our guide was absolutely wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and cater to our every need. I would highly recommend this vacation. Also everyone that I met in the community was extremely gracious and kind. The majority of these people work on tourism and unfortunately in the last year have not had any. Booking this trip would not only be an amazing adventure for you but it would also be amazing for the people in the community"

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South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

Johannesburg, Kruger National Park

  • Going behind the scenes of the conservation efforts to protect endangered species
  • Visiting an elephant sanctuary to learn about South Africa's gentle giants
  • Tracking the “Big 5” throughout Kruger National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Learning firsthand about wildlife conservation from experts at the country’s largest reserve
  • Reading and playing with disadvantaged children who want to learn English

50 plus, Birding, Cultural, Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel, Education / Learning, Family Friendly, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Transformative, Volunteering & Community Service

Tanzania: Safari & Service

Tanzania: Safari & Service

Arusha, Lake Manyara National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park

  • Volunteering with local children at a village primary school
  • Meeting local families and learning about Tanzanian society firsthand
  • Seeing zebras, elephants, lions, rhinos and more on an African safari
  • Hiking to a waterfall on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Seeing firsthand the nomadic lifestyle of the Masai

50 plus, Cultural, Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel, Education / Learning, Family Friendly, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Transformative, Volunteering & Community Service

Thailand – The Baby Elephant Experience

Thailand – The Baby Elephant Experience

  • Explore the rich culture of the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai
  • Volunteer with rescued elephants at the Thai Elephant Nursery
  • Live the life of a mahout as you walk, bathe and feed the elephants
  • Explore Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a magnificent Buddhist temple and monastery dating back to the 1300s

50 plus, Family Friendly, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife

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Belize: Research & Conservation Experience

Belize: Research & Conservation Experience

  • Volunteering directly with manatees to monitor conservation efforts
  • Taking a boat to a remote island off the coast of Belize
  • Exploring pristine beaches and rainforests scouting for wildlife
  • Uncovering waterfalls tucked deep in the jungle & exploring mystical caves
  • Snorkeling over colorful reefs in the crystal blue Caribbean waters

50 plus, Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel, Education / Learning, Family Friendly, National Parks, Nature & Wildlife, Transformative, Volunteering & Community Service

Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park

Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River

  • Visit two of Africa’s most iconic destinations
  • Experience the largest concentration of elephants on the continent atChobe National Park
  • See hippos and an abundance of other wildlife
  • Travel to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular sights

"I have travelled with ROW numerous times, including four trips on the Rogue River. Every trip has been wonderful and every person associated with ROW has been nice, knowledgeable, professional and fun. The Rogue is a great river and the trip is an excellent one for two people or a large group—and I have done both. I’ve taken both of my kids, one time each, and have organized groups of colleagues twice; most recently in 2019 when 14 of us gathered. The guides at ROW are great and help to make the trip very enjoyable. The scenery, lodging and the wonderful outdoors including warm air and refreshing water, make for a wonderful escape from the everyday routine. The fact that this trip offers beds and indoor plumbing is a nice benefit and allows those who have an aversion to camping a chance to see the wilderness. I have recommended ROW and the Rogue trip more times than I can count and my group has already reserved our trip for 2021. What are you waiting for?"

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Senior Travel Tour Selection Trips

  • Tour groups for seniors come in all shapes and sizes, generally with smaller groups allowing for a more personalized experience. Make sure to consider how many people are on your tour as your browse the options, size can make a big difference!  
  • Many travel providers market almost exclusively to older travelers, while others allow for a wide range of ages on trips; it’s your choice. Sometimes the latter can be a great option for multi generational travel.
  • You don’t necessarily have to sacrifice comfort for cost. There are many budget tours that offer two or three-star accommodation -- perhaps in local inns, or other non-chain hotels with lots of local atmosphere -- that you may find not only acceptable but adding to the charm.
  • If authenticity is important when you travel, look for guided trips that offer visits to local residents’ homes, schools, or work locations.
  • Be sure to notify the trip organizers and leaders if you have special dietary or medicinal requirements, physical impairments that may affect your ability to participate in all group activities, or other needs -- most will try to accommodate you if possible.
  • Consider your personal physical abilities when considering different tours. No matter where you are looking to travel, there is more than likely an accessible option.
  • If you have grown children and/or grandchildren, consider asking them to join you on a multi-generational trip ; some travel providers offer special itineraries geared toward several different age groups.

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Senior Travel Bus Tours

One popular option for senior travel is by coach. Coach-based tours are a convenient way of getting between the sights without having to wait in line, or worry about which route is the most efficient. Traveling by bus is also a great opportunity to see a lot more of wherever you are visiting -- not just the tourist sites -- and get a good feel for the place you’re in.

If you love the outdoors, bus tours are an extremely popular option for seniors in the U.S. They provide a great way to move between the national parks , and, as mentioned, see everything in between. Even if you don’t love nature, consider taking a cultural bus tour around a specific region or state. For example, travel by coach between ranches and bustling metropolises in Texas .

Senior Travel Deals & Discounts

Another advantage of traveling when you’re older is that you qualify for plenty of discounts! Regardless of where you are traveling, you should always ask to see whether or not there is some kind of senior discount. With that being said, some countries are notorious for the bargains they offer both senior citizens and visitors.

For seniors who intend to travel the USA , and are citizens, there are plenty of opportunities to save money. The National Parks System offers a lifetime entry ticket for seniors at a very low price, and an AARP membership can guarantee even more discounted rates on hotels, flights, and cruises. Other good senior vacation destinations known for their senior deals are the United Kingdom and Italy , which both lower the cost of train tickets and airfares for seniors.  

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One common concern amongst older travelers is how they are going to travel with various medical conditions, and while on medication. It is possible to travel almost anywhere, as long as the traveler is prepared. Before leaving the country, make sure to pack enough of medicine for the entire duration of your trip, and then a few day extra, in case there are any delays. If the traveler is flying, they should also make sure to keep their medication in a carry on.

If at all possible, keep your medication in its original prescription bottles -- this allows TSA inspectors to confirm that the medication belongs to you. On a similar note, TSA also allows for liquid medications above the usual liquid limits, so make sure to tell an agent at the security checkpoint about any liquids you might have.

If you are concerned about other health issues, it is not a bad idea to visit a doctor up to 6 weeks before you travel. And regardless of their specific advice, seniors traveling internationally should plan for a recovery from any jet lag or motion sickness. If you suffer from mobility issues, make sure to double check the physical intensity of any tours you are looking at.

Also c onsider the types of transportation on your trip -- if you your legs cramp up, inform your tour company that you may need extra leg room, and make sure to find out how long flights and bus rides might be.

Finally, some seniors choose to invest in a travel health insurance plan. Many health care plans, including Medicare, will not cover you once you’re outside the country.

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Group travel boasts a number of benefits. First and foremost, group tours are convenient. Whether you select a budget or all-inclusive senior travel package, your tour operator will likely manage at least some portion of your travel details. This means more less energy spent stressing, and more time enjoying your vacation.

Travel groups are also a great place for seniors to meet like-minded travelers. Reading about each tour will give you a better idea about who you will be traveling with, and there are many trips that have a minimum age, or focus on a particular activity. For those with a passion for lifelong learning, consider embarking on an educational adventure with a tour provider like Road Scholar (previously known as Elderhostel), which offers over 5,000 tours in 150 countries.

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15 Best National Parks for Seniors

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If you’re a senior citizen looking for a great vacation spot, consider one of the national parks. These parks offer something for everyone, and seniors will appreciate the easy access to nature and its beauty.

And the good part is that you can get a discounted national park pass. The Senior Pass is available to US Citizens or permanent residents who are at least 62 years old. The cost is $20 per year. There is also a lifetime pass available for $80. Seniors who have purchased four consecutive $20 annual passes can trade them in for a lifetime pass. For requirements and information on how to get these passes, visit the USGS website .

These parks have either easy scenic drives, tours, or otherwise have attractions that are easily accessible without a strenuous hike. Here are some of the best national parks for senior citizens.

Here are the Best National Parks for Seniors

Arches national park – utah.

Arches National Park

Arches Drive is the main road that runs through Arches National Park in Utah. The road is approximately 9 miles long and winds through some of the most stunning landscapes in the country. Along the way, visitors can take in views of the famous arches for which the park is named, as well as other natural rock formations, desert plants, and wildlife. There are also several pull-offs and trailheads along the road, providing opportunities to explore the park on foot. Arches Drive is a must-do for anyone visiting Arches National Park.

Overlooks on Arches Drive offer some of the best views in Arches National Park. The panoramas from these vantage points showcase the park’s beautiful red rock formations, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. Visitors can also get a glimpse of some of the park’s wildlife, such as mule deer and bighorn sheep. In addition, the overlooks provide an excellent opportunity to take photographs and enjoy the quiet beauty of this amazing place. The ability to see most of the park by driving to one of the many observation points makes it one of the best national parks for seniors.

For the best weather, visit April, May, September, and October. Here you’ll find comfortable temperatures. The weather in the summer months can be dangerously hot.

The hottest months also see the most visitors. To avoid crowds, April and October have dramatically smaller crowds and more moderate temperatures.

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Yellowstone national park – wyoming/montana/idaho.

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For senior citizens looking to explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park , there are a number of itineraries to choose from. One option is to start with a visit to the geysers and hot springs for which the park is famous. Old Faithful Geyser is a must-see, and visitors can also take advantage of the many hiking trails in the area to explore other geothermal features.

In addition, Yellowstone is home to some of the country’s most iconic wildlife, including bison, elk, and bears. There are a number of ranger-led programs that allow seniors to get up close and personal with these amazing animals.

Finally, no trip to Yellowstone would be complete without taking in the stunning scenery. From the Grand Prismatic Spring to the soaring peaks of the Absaroka Range, there is no shortage of natural beauty to enjoy. With so much to see and do, Yellowstone National Park is the perfect destination for seniors looking to explore everything that nature has to offer.

April through October offers the best weather in the park. You’ll find decent weather with daily highs in the 70’s in the summer.

Crowds can be large in the summer, and you’ll want to plan far in advance if you want to camp. Crowds are smaller in April and drop off after Labor Day, where you can still enjoy decent weather.

Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado

national parks tours for seniors

For senior citizens looking to explore one of America’s most iconic national parks, Mesa Verde National Park is the perfect destination. This amazing park is home to some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world, and it offers a variety of activities and attractions that are perfect for seniors.

Head out to explore the Cliff Palace, one of the largest and most famous cliff dwellings in the park. Afterward, take a hike on one of the park’s many trails for stunning views of the surrounding landscape. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Native American dinner at the Farview Lodge restaurant.

If you have time, don’t miss a guided tour of Balcony House, another fascinating cliff dwelling. Then, take a leisurely stroll through Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum to learn more about the history and culture of the area. You can also visit Spruce Tree House, another impressive cliff dwelling that is worth exploring. Finish up your day with a sunset hike to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area for incredible views of the stars.

For the best weather, visit May through October. Here you’ll find comfortable temperatures. The weather in the summer months can be hot, although still manageable.

The hottest months also see the most visitors. To avoid crowds, May and September (after Labor Day) through October should see the smallest crowds.

Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona

national parks tours for seniors

For seniors looking to explore the grandeur of Grand Canyon National Park , there are a few itinerary options to consider. One option is to take a ranger-led tour of the Canyon. These tours typically last between two and four hours and offer seniors an opportunity to learn about the Canyon’s geology, history, and wildlife.

Another option is to hike one of the trails that wind through the Canyon. Hiking is a great way to see the Canyon up close, but it’s important to be aware of your fitness level and choose a trail that isn’t too strenuous.

Finally, seniors can also take in the Canyon views from one of the many lookout points along the South Rim. No matter what itinerary you choose, spending time in the Grand Canyon is sure to be a memorable experience. The ability to take in the grandeur of the canyon without a strenuous hike is what makes it a great national park for seniors.

For the best weather, visit April through June. The temperatures are moderate and there is little precipitation. July is the rainiest month of the year.

It’s difficult to avoid crowds at the Grand Canyon. It’s the second most visited park in the entire national park system. The park has seen in excess of 800,000 visitors in July more than once. Late April through early June are the best balance of decent weather and manageable crowds.

Acadia National Park – Maine

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a beautiful and unique place, offering seniors many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Here are a few of the top things for seniors to do in Acadia National Park:

  • Hike one of the park’s many trails. With over 120 miles of hiking trails, Acadia has something for everyone. Seniors can enjoy a leisurely hike through the woods or challenge themselves with a more difficult hike up one of the park’s famous mountains. And don’t forget to visit Cadillac Mountain where you can see the first sunrise of the day in the continental United States.
  • Take a boat ride around Mount Desert Island. There are several boat tour companies that operate in Acadia National Park, offering seniors the chance to see the park from a different perspective. Seniors can also go kayaking or canoeing on their own, or take a ferry ride out to one of the nearby islands.
  • Spend a day exploring Bar Harbor. This charming town is located just outside of Acadia National Park and is full of shops, restaurants, and bars. Seniors can stroll along the waterfront, visit one of the local museums, or simply relax with a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes.
  • Drive the Park Loop Road. This 27-mile road winds its way through Acadia National Park and will stop at some of the most scenic spots in the park.

For the best weather, visit the park between late spring and the fall. You will, of course, find the worst crowds in the high summer months. July and August see the most park visitors.

To avoid the crowds and still enjoy some decent weather, try visiting after Labor Day until the end of September. Park attendance drops about 20% from August to September, with a big drop after Labor Day.

Kenai Fjords National Park or Glacier Bay National Parks – Alaska

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Think a visit to Alaska’s wild national parks is out of the question? Well, there is a way to enjoy it from the comfort of a cruise ship.

Cruises are a great way to see the amazing wildlife and scenery of Kenai Fjords National Park . There are many cruises to choose from, ranging from half-day trips to week-long excursions. Most cruises depart from Seward, Alaska, and include stops at Keyes Point, Exit Glacier, and other popular sights in the park.

Cruises typically run from May through September, when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. No matter what type of cruise you choose, you’re sure to enjoy your time in this breathtaking national park.

Cruises are also a popular way to see Glacier Bay National Park . The park is only accessible by boat or plane, so cruises are a great way to get there. There are various cruises available, from day-long excursions to week-long journeys. Glacier Bay National Park cruises offer visitors the chance to see some of the most stunning scenery in the world up close.

The park is home to glaciers, mountains, forests, and wildlife, and cruises offer the opportunity to see all of this and more. There are also cruises specially designed for wildlife watching, so you can see bears, whales, and other animals in their natural habitat.

Whether you’re looking for an adventure or simply want to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery, a cruise through Glacier Bay National Park is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Badlands National Park – South Dakota

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For seniors looking to explore Badlands National Park , there are a number of itineraries to choose from. One option is to start with a visit to the White River Visitor Center, where you can learn about the history and geology of the park.

From there, you can take a scenic drive through the park, making sure to stop at key overlooks such as Big Bend and Sunset Point.  The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is a 36-mile road that traverses Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The road winds through some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the park, including the Pinnacles Overlook, the White River Valley, and the Saddle Pass. Along the way, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the badlands and learn about the area’s geology, history, and wildlife. The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is an essential part of any visit to Badlands National Park.

If you’re interested in getting out on foot, there are a number of hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous, so you can find one that’s perfect for your fitness level. And no visit to Badlands National Park would be complete without seeing the iconic formations of Chimney Rock and The Wall. With so much to see and do, Badlands National Park is the perfect destination for senior citizens who love nature and adventure.

For the best weather, and the best time to avoid crowds, visit after Labor Day until the end of October. The number of visitors drops sharply in September, but you’ll still have nice weather and the rainy season (April – July) is over.

The hottest months can also be the most crowded. July is the hottest the month and also sees the most visitors.

Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park

Located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park , Estes Park is a bustling town filled with things to see and do. From hiking and rock climbing to art galleries and shopping, there’s something for everyone in Estes Park. And of course, no visit to Estes Park would be complete without a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. With its soaring peaks and pristine forests, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure or a leisurely stroll through nature, Estes Park is the perfect place to explore the great outdoors.

Trail Ridge Road is a scenic route that traverses Rocky Mountain National Park. The road winds through alpine forests and meadows and up to the park’s unique and fragile tundra. Along the way, it offers stunning views of the park’s jagged peaks and valleys.

Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the United States, reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet at its highest point. The road is open from late May to early October, weather permitting. Due to its high elevation and exposed location, trail ridge road is subject to extreme weather conditions. Snow and ice can make the road impassable, even in summer. When planning a visit to Rocky Mountain National Park, be sure to check the status of Trail Ridge Road before heading out.

For the best weather, visit May through September. Here you’ll find comfortable temperatures. All roads should be open, and you can enjoy everything the park has to offer. If you visit in the winter, be prepared for closed roads.

The hottest months also see the most visitors. To avoid crowds, May and October have dramatically fewer visitors. Note that it can snow any time of the year in the park, especially at higher elevations.

Everglades National Park – Florida

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For a warm weather location where you can camp your RV, look no further than Everglades National Park . There are plenty of opportunities for seniors to enjoy the many attractions of the park.

Located in the heart of the Everglades, Shark Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the park. The centerpiece of the area is the Shark Valley Tram, a two-mile loop that takes visitors on a guided tour through the wetlands. Along the way, tram cars make several stops so that passengers can get out and explore on foot.

The Tram also has an open-air Observation Tower, which offers panoramic views of the sawgrass prairie and alligators sunning themselves on the banks. Whether you’re enjoying the ride or searching for wildlife, Shark Valley is an excellent way to experience this unique ecosystem.

Looking for a unique way to explore the Everglades? Then take a ten thousand island cruise! This two-hour boat tour takes you through the ten thousand islands of the Everglades National Park, giving you a front row seat to the incredible wildlife and scenery. You’ll see alligators, crocodiles, manatees, dolphins, and a variety of birds, all in their natural habitat. And your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating facts about the park and its history. It’s an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss!

December through April are the best times to visit the park. High temperatures will generally be in the low 80’s, but there is also minimal precipitation. This is also the best time to avoid the highest humidity and insects. It also avoids travel disruption due to hurricanes.

Unfortunately, the best weather also attracts the biggest crowds. Winter is high season for crowds, so you’ll just have to deal with it, unless you want to battle the heat, humidity and insects and the summer when the park has fewer visitors.

Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

national parks tours for seniors

Locates in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from most places on the East coast. Locates in the Appalachian Mountains, here you’ll find unique history and expansive vistas.

Skyline Drive is one of the most popular attractions in Shenandoah National Park. The 105-mile road offers stunning views of the Virginia landscape, and there are seventy-five overlooks along the way where visitors can stop to enjoy the scenery.

Some of the best overlooks on Skyline Drive include Hawksbill Gap, Bearfence Mountain, and Big Meadows. Hawksbill Gap is particularly scenic, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Bearfence Mountain is another great option for those looking for sweeping vistas, and it’s also a popular spot for hikers.

Big Meadows is a must-see for anyone visiting Shenandoah National Park, as it’s home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. No matter what your interests are, there’s an overlook on Skyline Drive that’s sure to please.

For the best weather, visit spring through fall. You’ll find generally warm daytime temperatures. The wintertime can bring snow and cold nights.

Shenandoah is a popular park, so avoiding crowds can be a challenge. Visit on weekdays if possible, in the spring or summer. The busiest month in the park is October when the fall foliage is at its most vibrant. If you want to visit then, plan far in advance and be prepared for crowds and traffic.

Zion National Park – Utah

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Zion National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and for good reason. The park’s unique red rock formations and stunning canyon views are unlike anything else in the world. And one of the best ways to experience the park is by taking a drive on the Zion National Park Scenic Byway.

This scenic route winds through the park for 54 miles, offering breathtaking views of iconic landmarks like Angel’s Landing and the Great White Throne. Along the way, there are several overlooks where you can pull off and enjoy the scenery. Some of the best include Lookout Point, Weeping Rock, and Judge boulder. So if you’re planning a trip to Zion National Park, be sure to add the scenic byway to your itinerary.

And while there are many ways to explore the park on your own, guided tours can be a great option for those who want to learn more about its history and geology. Led by experienced guides, these tours offer an intimate look at some of Zion’s most iconic landmarks, as well as a chance to see parts of the park that are inaccessible to the general public. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll through the canyon or a more rigorous hike to the top of one of Zion’s peaks, guided tours can help you make the most of your visit to this incredible place.

May through September will bring hot temperatures and large crowds. About 70% of the parks yearly visitors come during these months.

Crowds drop off significantly starting in November until March. You’ll still have average high temperatures of about 64 F in November and 66 F in March, so you can still enjoy comfortable weather and smaller crowds. Even in the winter, you’ll find temperatures that can top out in the ’50s with crowds about 1/6 the size of what you’ll experience in July.

Glacier National Park – Montana

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Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most popular attractions in Glacier National Park . The winding road takes visitors through some of the most beautiful scenery in the park, including alpine meadows, forested valleys, and dramatic mountain peaks. Along the way, there are several overlooks that provide stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Some of the best places to stop and enjoy the view include Logan Pass, Sun Point, and Wild Goose Island. Each of these overlooks offers a unique perspective on the park and its natural wonders. So whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a picnic lunch or simply want to take in the incredible views, be sure to check out these amazing overlooks on Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The best time to visit the park is June through August, where you’ll have pleasant daytime temperatures. Nighttime temperatures can frequently get in the forties.  If you visit at other times of the year, you face the possibility of snow and road closures.

To avoid crowds, August has fewer visitors than July. If you’re willing to brave cooler temperatures, the number of visitors drops off significantly in September.

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The Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in California. Located in Redwood National Park , the parkway winds its way through towering redwood forests, offering visitors stunning views of these ancient trees. The parkway is also home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, and black bears. In addition to its natural beauty, the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway is also a great place to learn about the history of the region. The parkway is named for Newton B. Drury, who was instrumental in the creation of Redwood National Park. Today, the parkway is a popular destination for hikers, cyclists, and nature lovers from all over the world.

The best time to visit is during the summer. The dry season runs between May and September. You’ll also find warmer temperatures which are good for easy hiking and camping. November through March can often be chilly and rainy.

The summer months also see the most visitors, but crowds are generally not a problem, especially during the week.

Crater Lake National Park – Oregon

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Rim Drive is one of the most popular scenic overlooks in Crater Lake National Park . Rim Drive is a 33-mile long road that follows the rim of the Crater Lake caldera. The road provides stunning views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Rim Drive is open from mid-May to mid-October and is closed to vehicles in winter. However, the road is still open to pedestrians and cyclists. Rim Drive is one of the best ways to see crater lake national park and is a must-do for any visitors to the park.

Another great way to experience the natural beauty of Crater Lake National Park is to take a guided tour. Led by experienced park rangers, these tours provide visitors with an intimate look at one of America’s most stunning landscapes. The guided tours of Crater Lake National Park typically last between two and three hours, and they cover a variety of topics, including the geological history of the region, the park’s unique flora and fauna, and the stories of the Native Americans who have called this land home for centuries.

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or someone who just enjoys admiring the view, a guided tour of Crater Lake National Park is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

July through September are the best months to visit for good weather.

September sees a drop-off in visitors while still giving you decent weather. It is also the tail-end of the dry season.

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For many travelers, turning 50 is a sign you’re in your travel prime. By your sixth decade, you’ve learned a lot about how to make the best use of vacation time, so it’s no accident that older and wiser travelers tend toward senior travel tours. Tours for seniors offer the chance to leave the driving to someone else, not sweat the details, and be freed up to really enjoy a destination. 

It’s a tour industry truth that most guests skew older, and most tour companies do a good job meeting the needs of travelers in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and even 90s. But there are a few tour companies for seniors that truly go above and beyond. And while age is just one of the many factors that define your travel style, it’s still nice to know you’re traveling with a company that puts in the extra effort to make its trips for seniors work for everyone on the tour. 

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Here are the travel tour companies for seniors that shine especially bright when it comes to the offerings, amenities and details that serve older travelers.

1. Road Scholar

The tour company Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) is a great fit for curiosity-driven lifelong learners over 50. Its strong educational focus (it attracts a lot of retired educators) fuels its tours to more than 100 countries. Most Road Scholar guests fall in the 50s to 90s range, with an average traveler age of 72. 

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As you’re browsing tours, you’ll see a big “activity level” bar that shows how physically demanding an itinerary is. On the least physically demanding side are “Easy Going” trips that maximize learning but minimize walking and stairs. The most physically active trips can include public transit, lots of walking, and uneven surfaces. There are also some “Choose Your Pace” trips where you can opt in or out of the more physically rigorous activities. 

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Road Scholar is a great choice for grandparents looking to travel with grandkids on a “ skip-gen vacation ” (grandparent-grandchild vacations that "skip" the generation in-between). Its Grandparent Programs are designed for grandparents traveling with grandchildren and include tours of Yellowstone, Paris and the Galapagos. And if your adult kids don’t want to be left out of the fun, include them too on a “ three-generation ” tour. 

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  • Average group size: Regular tour groups range from 13 to 24 guests; micro group trips are 12 people or fewer.
  • Popular with: Lifelong learners over 50.

With nearly a century of experience under its belt, Globus has the wisdom of age. It’s a trusted guided tour specialist that ranks among the best travel tour companies for seniors by understanding that a one-size-fits-all tour doesn't work for everyone. And by offering both a wide range of tours and the ability to customize your experiences, Globus makes it easier for travelers to find the tour that’s a just-right fit. 

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Globus does this by offering a range of tour types, many of them ideal for senior travel groups. There are itineraries that focus on those can’t-miss tourist attractions for first-time visitors, Undiscovered tours with more off-the-beaten-path attractions and experiences, and Choice Touring itineraries that provide guests with a selection of activity choices at destinations. Globus' sister brand, Avalon Waterways , is another option to consider: Its small ship river cruises feel a bit like a tour where you have to unpack only once. 

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  • Average group size: Coach tours average 36 people; small-group tours consist of about 24 people.
  • Popular with: Older adults who seek a wide variety of experience options.

3. Intrepid Travel

With its active-tour focus, it would be easy to mistake Intrepid Travel for a tour company geared toward only younger people. But North America managing director Matt Berna says the company is committed to being age-inclusive: "Life is an adventure at any age and it’s highly likely you’ll find people of similar age and interest sharing – and enjoying – the trip right alongside you."

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In fact, Intrepid reports that its senior travelers (people who fall into the 50-plus age category) are among the most interested in travel experiences like walking and trekking tours, cycling trips , and multi-activity adventures in national parks and other areas of great natural beauty. 

And while these are definitely trips where you need to be in pretty good shape (Berna recommends “a general level of health and fitness”), Intrepid works hard to create itineraries that are about enjoyment over endurance. 

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  • Average group size: Most trips average about 10 people.
  • Popular with: Active travelers of any age looking for interesting trips.

4. Trafalgar

Trafalgar isn’t just one of the tour industry’s largest and most trusted brands , but it’s also an expert in travel tours for seniors, with well over half of its guests falling in that 50-to-71 sweet spot for travel. 

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Trafalgar works with its travel directors and local specialists to create tours with a mix of novelty and comfort. You’re likely to see famous sights and have unique experiences on a Trafalgar tour you couldn’t re-create on your own. 

And while it’s not only senior travelers who want to stay well on vacation, travel health is a big concern for older adventurers. Recognizing that, Trafalgar has the tour industry’s first "well-being directors," who focus on making sure all Trafalgar’s partners are following proper health protocols and overseeing all health-related questions from guests. 

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  • Average group size: Classic coach tours average 40 to 50 guests; small-group tours are generally in the 22-29 range.
  • Popular with: Senior travelers looking for a mix of familiarity and novelty.

5. Smithsonian Journeys

Tour operator Smithsonian Journeys gives seniors the perfect way to go deep on a destination. Travelers of all ages like the company’s Classic Land Journeys , which mix iconic and less-known attractions, and its Active Journeys , which focus on adventurous itineraries in nature. But for seniors who have the time to slow down and settle in to soak up local life, there’s no beating Smithsonian Journeys' Living In programs. 

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These three-week stays in Europe (Florence, Italy; France’s Provence region, and Andalusia in Spain) give travelers the chance to live like locals, but they also build in tour perks like planning experts, tour directors and organized learning opportunities. And in keeping with the mission of the company, education is at the heart of everything − it allows travelers to not just experience the world but also to understand it more deeply.

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  • Average group size: Most land-based tours with Smithsonian Journeys have 12 to 24 guests.
  • Popular with: Curious travelers (most of them ages 45 to 80) who want to learn more about the world.

6. Adventures by Disney

Though it has adult-only departures that welcome seniors, the real magic of Adventures by Disney is how perfect it is for multigenerational vacations. These upscale-leaning tours to destinations around the world create experiences that hit on different levels simultaneously, which means that kids, parents, and grandparents can all share special vacation moments without one generation feeling as if they’re just playing along. 

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Before my first Adventures by Disney tour, I was worried that the Disney part would eclipse the destination focus. But it turns out that the main Disney element on the tours is the incredible storytelling, the true stories of a place’s history and culture. 

Older travelers will appreciate the luxury hotels, the comfortable transportation options and the tour leaders, who work hard to meet the needs of each traveler. Built into each tour is the chance for the adults and the kids to enjoy different activities. For instance, on a Peru tour I was on, adults had dinner on their own while kids enjoyed dinner and a movie with the tour leaders. 

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  • Average guided tour group size: 35 to 44 guests.
  • Popular with: Multigenerational groups.

7. Backroads

Building and maintaining muscle is an important part of aging well, and there are plenty of travelers who are stronger than ever (even if there are a few more aches and pains) in their 50s and 60s. So it makes perfect sense that guided tour specialist Backroads – which specializes in cycling , hiking and multi-sport vacations – knows that a love of athletic pursuits is a lifelong passion for many. The active tour company has trips that range from active to easygoing, with a lot of flexibility built in to make them especially appropriate as senior travel tours.

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Backroads even has options for couples or traveling companions in which one partner is sportier than the other. On many of its cycling tours, the company includes an e-bike option so groups with mixed abilities can ride together. Most departures include two support vehicles, so guests can bike as much or as little as they want each day. Backroads' Dolce Tempo trips are also geared to be more easygoing tours for seniors but still offer plenty of fun and adventure along the way.

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  • Average group size: Hiking and walking trips tend to average 16 guests.
  • Popular with: Active travelers looking to see the world beyond the confines of a coach.

8. Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.)

True to its name, Overseas Adventure Travel (often just called O.A.T.), supports older adventurers. Focused mostly on travelers 50 and older, the company has a variety of trip types, but two things in particular make it particularly great for senior travelers. The first is that it recognizes that retired travelers tend to have the flexibility for longer trips, so many of O.A.T.'s adventures are two weeks or longer. A number of them also include optional pre-trip and post-trip extensions to extend trips even longer.

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The second standout feature is the way O.A.T. caters to solo travelers, who can take advantage of the company's free and heavily discounted single supplements on trips. Most spots for solo travelers on O.A.T.'s tours are offered without a single supplement fee. Bonus: O.A.T.’s Activity Level rating system makes it easier to understand the demands of a trip and match energy level and accessibility needs with specific itineraries.  

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  • Average group size: Small-group tours average about 13 people.
  • Popular with: Curious lifelong learners, many of whom are 50 or older.

9. Odysseys Unlimited

Odysseys Unlimited has a great reputation for tours that cater to the needs of senior travelers, but that’s only part of the reason it's on this list. I like this small-group tour operator because it’s the go-to partner for more than 100 alumni associations and other organizations that offer tours to members. If you get alumni association tour brochures from your alma mater, you may already know the brand. But what you may not know is that you don’t have to go through an alumni group; you can also book with the company directly. 

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The company’s small-group focus keeps tour group sizes down to 12 to 24 guests, which the company says allows groups to be flexible, efficient, and spontaneous. It builds in time for independent exploration, which can be particularly appealing to tour guests who are used to traveling independently. 

Most Odysseys Unlimited tour travelers are 50 to 80, and guests must be able to get on and off buses and be up for a fair amount of walking (including uphill or on uneven terrain). 

More details about Odysseys Unlimited:

  • Average guided tour group size: 12 to 24 people.
  • Popular with: Alumni association members and active older travelers.

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Oranges and pinks never seen anywhere else dance and dazzle the eye as sunlight plays over Bryce Canyon National Park, where wind and rain have sculpted the canyon's famously quirky, logic-defying "hoodoos" that, according to Paiute legend, were once human before a powerful god called Coyote froze them into rock (for the record, the rock is Navajo sandstone). This universe of warm colors literally glows at sunrise and sunset – a sight to see that can send shivers up your spine. The park reveals nature dressed in a coat of many colors – hues beyond imagining, deeply satisfying to the eye, and energizing to the spirit.

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Surely you have stumbled upon some other planet... or at least it feels that way at Grand Canyon National Park. Your first glimpse of the enormous Grand Canyon strains credulity. What giants have been playing with the rock here? Or what cataclysmic force of the universe? Then the drama starts. Clouds, shadows, and the shifting sun keep transforming the landscape. As the sun flames in the west, canyon walls turn red while the giants paint the sky, creating masterpieces so beautiful they freeze you in your tracks. The Grand Canyon sprawls wide open, carved out by the Colorado River, revealing two billion years of Earth's history; here is where air meets land, where you meet what feels like destiny, with just the white-tailed Kaibab squirrel, only found here, as witness.

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From the towering mountains of North Cascades and underwater ecosystem of Biscayne to the geothermal marvels of Yellowstone and vast dunes of White Sands, the national parks encompass some of the best of what the U.S. has to offer.

However, national park entrance fees can be expensive — the most popular parks charge up to $35 per vehicle. Fortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) offers fee-free days to outdoor lovers throughout the year.

Whether you’re planning a vacation on a budget or just want to save a few bucks, on these dates you can hike, swim or simply enjoy the views without the usual entrance fee. Here are the free national park days in 2024, plus some other tips and tricks to save money the rest of the year.

Visit on Free National Park Days 2024

Though official dates haven’t yet been announced, it’s anticipated there will be five days in 2024 when you can visit all national parks for free. The holidays will remain the same as the free national park days in 2023, though exact dates may differ.

Here are the five dates in 2024 you can enter any U.S. national park without paying a fee:

Jan. 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day): To celebrate the birthday of this civil rights hero, parks are free on this holiday.

April 20, 2024 (National Park Week): In honor of the first day of National Park Week, entrance fees will be waived at all national parks.

Aug. 4, 2024 (Anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act) : To celebrate the Great American Outdoors Act, which was passed in 2020, park entrance is free for all on this day.

Sept. 28, 2024 (National Public Lands Day) : On the fourth Saturday of September, explore (and consider volunteering at) a new park for free in honor of National Public Lands Day.

Nov. 11, 2024 (Veterans Day): Whether you’re a veteran, know one or just want to visit the parks, everyone can visit for free on Veterans Day.

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Other ways to gain free entrance to national parks

These five days a year aren’t the only way to score free entrance to the national parks. Here are some other ways to gain access for free year-round.

Show your military ID

Whether you’re active military or a veteran, you can get a free annual pass to enter the national parks. A Military Annual Pass is for those currently serving in a branch of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents.

You must present proof of eligibility (e.g. a military ID or other valid form of identification) but you can obtain it in person at a park or online (for a small fee).

Veterans with a valid ID and Gold Star Families (with a valid voucher) can get a free Military Lifetime Pass. Obtain one at a federal recreation site or the United States Geological Survey online store for a minimal processing fee.

Visit with a fourth-grader

One way to gain free access to national parks in 2024 is to go with a fourth-grade student. To obtain the pass, you must have a valid paper voucher from the Every Kid Outdoors website (a digital copy on a phone won’t cut it). When presented at a national park property, it can be exchanged for a free 4th Grade Pass, which will grant the student and their family entry to the parks for the entire school year plus the following summer.

Show proof of permanent disability

Those who can show proof of permanent disability, along with citizenship or residency, can get a free lifetime Access Pass to enter all national recreation areas. You can apply online, in person at a park or by mail for this pass. It also has the added benefit of offering discounts of up to 50% on some park-operated amenities like camping and interpretive services.

Log those volunteer hours

If you’re passionate about volunteering, you may want to consider doing so at participating Interagency Pass Program federal agencies, which include the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Once you rack up 250 volunteer hours (over one or several years), you can pick up a free annual pass.

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These national parks are always free

Not all national parks charge entrance fees — many are free year-round.

Biscayne National Park.

Channel Islands National Park (ferry tickets required).

Congaree National Park.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Gates of the Arctic National Park.

Gateway Arch National Park.

Glacier Bay National Park.

Great Basin National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Hot Springs National Park.

Katmai National Park.

Kenai Fjords National Park.

Kobuk Valley National Park.

Lake Clark National Park.

Mammoth Cave National Park.

New River Gorge National Park.

North Cascades National Park.

Redwood National Park.

Voyageurs National Park.

Wind Cave National Park.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Note that if you want to see the caves at Great Basin, Mammoth Cave or Wind Cave national parks, you’ll need to pay a fee to join a tour. The same goes for riding the elevator to the top of Gateway Arch.

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Other ways to save money on a national park pass

Buy an annual pass : If you plan to visit more than two or three national parks in a year that charge an entrance fee, it may be worth it to purchase an annual pass. It costs $80, so if you visit three parks that charge $30 entrance fees, the pass will save you money.

Load up the car: Many parks charge an entrance fee “per vehicle,” not per person. That means your entrance fee or annual pass covers everyone in a single vehicle, so consider carpooling to save money. At parks that charge “per person,” four adults are covered by an annual pass, but more than that will be charged the per-person rate. 

Go with a senior: If you or someone you know is over the age of 62, a lifetime pass costs $80 or an annual pass costs $20 — an excellent value.

Check for timed entry and reservation requirements: Several of the more popular parks require timed entry reservations during parts of the year or to visit specific areas of the park. These often need to be purchased in advance, so check before you go to make sure you won’t be turned away when you arrive.

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Visiting the National Parks for free in 2024 recapped

You don’t always have to pay to explore the wonders of America’s national parks. Just plan your visit on one of the national park days with free admission, or visit throughout the year with an applicable pass.

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Moscow is the most green megapolis in the world. There are over a hundred parks and green spaces like gardens, squares and boulevards. You will definitely bump into a few of them wherever you go. Whether you are interested in memorial, historic parks, parks of wildlife or you just want to have a calm break from the speedy city life – city parks have something special for everyone.

Moscow leisure parks

The leisure Moscow parks are undoubtedly the most popular and famous with the locals and travelers. Today such parks provide a great number of exciting entertainments for Muscovites and city guests, adults and children.

The Gorky Park

The Gorky Park

Gorky Park opened in 1928 and was the first holiday park in the Soviet Union with playgrounds, a sports stadium, exhibition halls and attractions for kids. Today it has a fresh, vibrant appearance. The park features bike rental stations, a comfortable business area with Wi-Fi, an outdoor movie theatre and a greenhouse where you can buy fresh greens such as basil and lettuce. To contemplate the sky and the stars, go to the observatory and look through the telescope while listening to fascinating stories from astronomers. Enjoy many sports in the park: volleyball, handball, football or a peaceful jog around the beautiful surroundings.

Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye Park

Opened in September 2017, Zaryadye is the youngest on our list. Located just a few minutes away from Red Square, it includes various activities like the floating bridge with its thin V-form extension, an ice cave, also concert hall and an amphitheater. The entire territory of the park was divided into four zones of Russia: forest, steppe, tundra, and the floodplains.

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By walking along the Moskva River’s bank from the Gorky Park towards Vorobievy Gory (Sparrow Hills) you’ll reach Neskuchny Sad («Not Boring» garden), a wonderful place in the Moscow center, one of Moscow’s oldest parks, charming slice of wildlife. The park mostly consists of pristine forest, dotted with old summer pavilions, ponds and quaint little stone bridges. There are a lot of opportunities for different activities lots of children playground, a ping-pong and chess clubs, football fields and tennis courts, horse riding, tree climbing and having rest in one of the nice cafes.

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Hermitage Garden has always been known as an amusement, entertainment center with theatres, shows, cafes, summer pavilions, pergolas since 1830. Shalyapin, Sobinov, Nezhdanova – great Russian opera singers starred on the garden stage. Famous Russian composer Rakhmaninov conducted the orchestra. Sara Bernar, Maria Yermolova, outstanding actresses, played in the open air performances. Tolstoy and Lenin had a stroll in the garden. So lots of celebrities from different epoques liked it a lot and spent their time in Hermitage Garden. You can find here three theatres in the garden: Hermitage, Sphere and New Opera. During winter an ice rink works here and in summer a musical stage is assembled to host jazz and brass band festivals.

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In Sokolniki Park visitors can play billiard, chess or draughts, table tennis, as well as go cycling, roller blading and swimming in the summer and ice skating or skiing in winter. Each season is highlighted by special memorable and bright events, for example, Summer Jazz Festival or Baby Fest (for future mums), open air beach disco parties, Ice Cream Day, International Clown Festival and many other shows and exhibitions. The park has an observatory, kids center and a co-working zone with free Wi-Fi which is really nice for spending high quality work time there.

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Moscow nature parks

The nature parks are national reserves with the amazing forestry and incredible variety of animals and plants there. The breath of wildlife and the chance to be closer to the virgin nature excites both children and grownups. Hundreds of different species of animals can be found in Moscow nature parks. The richest woodlands with old and even ancient trees, like a 200 years pine-tree in the Elk Island National Nature Park, are the point of passionate interest for visitors.

Aptekarsky Ogorod

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden)

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden)

Aptekarsky Ogorod (Apothecary Garden) is one of the oldest gardens in Moscow. It was founded in the XVIII century by Peter the First (great Russian emperor). A larch that he planted himself still grows in the garden, so it’s more than 250 years old. At the time of its foundation, it was a garden with herbs and medicinal plants and was used as an educational center for doctors. Today there are the orangery with its tropical palms, the carp pond, and the immense trees that dot the landscape and turn wonderful golden shades in the autumn. Several restaurants and cafes work here making it a very nice spot for relaxation no matter what season it is. You can book a special tour or join the guided excursion group.

Losiny Ostrov

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park)

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park)

Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island Park) is located at the north of Moscow. It covers 22 km from the west to the east and 10 km from the north to the south and it’s one of the most beautiful national parks in Moscow. Two rivers, Yausa and Pechorka begin here. You can find lots of fields, ponds, meadows, streams in the park as well as elks. Here you can enjoy guided tours, available in English. You can choose a guided tour about flora and fauna of the area, you’ll learn why elks are there, which animals are their neighbors. Or enjoy another excursion, which is totally devoted to historical past of ancient tribes once lived there, you’ll know about old Russian mythology, rituals and traditions.

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Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest)

Serebyany Bor (Silver Forest) is a famous pine forest in the west of Moscow. The park has 230 forms of plant life, and is also home to watersports complex, providing a lot of activities for visitors. The layout of Serebryany Bor is unusual, as it is located on an artificial island between a meander in the Moscow River and a channel. There is an artificial lake, the Deep Gulf and picturesque Bezdonnoe (Bottomless) Lake in the depths of the forest. Serebryany Bor’s beaches are the cleanest in the city and very popular among Muscovites. On weekends it is difficult to find a free spot here, especially because a whole range of services are offered to visitors, from simple deckchairs to catamaran and yacht rides. Driving is prohibited on the territory of the island so be ready to use trolleybus to reach the entrance.

Botanichesky Sad

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Greenhouse of Botanical Garden

Main Botanical Garden of The Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest and most famous is Moscow. The garden is a real museum of nature with a very rich (more than 18000 types) collection of plants. The park was founded in 1945 at the place of the 17th century Apothecaries’ Gardens. The garden’s collection is turned into botanical expositions, made with use of modern receptions of landscape architecture. Here you can see a tree nursery, a shadow garden, hothouse complex, collection of flowers, a rosary, exposition of coastal plants, garden of continuous blossoming, Japanese garden and expositions of cultural plants and natural flora plants. The biggest part of Garden is the Tree nursery occupying the space of 75 hectares. About 2 thousand wood plants grow here. Another big exposition of the Garden is nature Flora, divided into six botanic-geographical collections: European part of Russia, Caucuses, Central Asia, Siberia and Far East. Pride of the Main Botanical Garden is the collection of tropical, coastal and water plants, which is considered as the best in Europe. The Japanese garden, a great model of Japanese landscape gardening art has a 13-level stone pagoda of the 18th century, stone Japanese lamps, ponds, falls and streams, tea lodges and more than 100 species of the most character Japan plants. It is especially decorative in spring, during Oriental cherry blossoming and in fall, when foliage blazes in crimson colors.

Moscow historic parks

Historic nature parks and estates once were the mansions of the Moscow aristocracy. At that far times the estates were outside the Moscow city limits, but after the city expansion and urbanization, they became easily accessible.

Kolomenskoye

Kolomenskoe

Kolomenskoye Museum and Park

The chief attraction of the park is undoubtedly the stone Church of the Ascension of the Lord. It was constructed in 1532 by order of Tsar Vasily III to commemorate the birth of his son and heir, Ivan the Terrible. But there is a lot more to see in the park: the pretty Church of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan – with its bright azure domes and plenty of gold. Further into the park there is a charming Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, built by Ivan the Terrible to mark his coronation.

Kuskovo

Kuskovo Park

Kuskovo Park is one of the oldest country estates in Moscow. It was given to General Sheremetev by Peter the Great in 1715, but was left to fall into neglect before being plundered by Napoleon’s troops in 1812. Nowadays the estate has been restored to its former glory and is a good example of Russian 18th Century imperial architecture. The palace is a fine and rare example of wooden neoclassicism. It was completed in 1775, and the rich interiors remain unchanged since 1779. It includes a room hung with exclusive exquisite Flemish tapestries, an abundance of silk wallpaper and an impressive collection of 18th century European and Russian paintings. The palace looks onto the lake, which is surrounded by smaller pavilions: pretty Italian, Dutch and Swiss Cottages, Blank’s Hermitage and the old Orangery, where the State Ceramics Museum is located now, an extensive and absorbing collection of porcelain from the 18th century to the present day. On the other side of the lake is a large wood popular with local cyclists and joggers.

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