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Exploring America’s National Parks: Unforgettable Senior Travel Tours
Are you a senior looking for an unforgettable travel experience? Look no further than the majestic national parks of the United States. From the stunning landscapes to the rich history and cultural heritage, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In this article, we will explore senior travel tours in the USA, specifically focusing on national parks. So grab your walking shoes and get ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime.
The Benefits of Senior Travel Tours
Before we delve into the specifics of senior travel tours in the USA, let’s first discuss why joining a tour is beneficial for seniors. Traveling can be physically demanding, especially when exploring vast national parks. By joining a senior travel tour, you can enjoy all the wonders without worrying about logistics and transportation.
Senior travel tours are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. They provide well-planned itineraries that cater to your interests and physical abilities. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, you can rest assured that you won’t miss out on any important sights or experiences.
Additionally, joining a tour allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for exploration. You can make new friends and create lasting memories together as you navigate through breathtaking landscapes.
Discovering America’s National Parks
America’s national parks are renowned worldwide for their natural beauty and ecological diversity. From coast to coast, these protected areas offer an abundance of opportunities for seniors to connect with nature and immerse themselves in awe-inspiring surroundings.
Yellowstone National Park, located primarily in Wyoming but extending into Montana and Idaho, is one of the most popular choices among senior travelers. Known for its geothermal wonders such as Old Faithful geyser and colorful hot springs, Yellowstone offers numerous opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, and even camping.
For those seeking dramatic vistas and towering cliffs, Grand Canyon National Park is a must-visit destination. Located in Arizona, this iconic park offers breathtaking views of the Colorado River as it winds its way through the immense canyon. Senior travel tours often include guided hikes along the rim or even helicopter tours for a bird’s-eye view.
If you’re interested in history and cultural exploration, consider visiting Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to well-preserved Native American cliff dwellings, offering a glimpse into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who inhabited the area over 700 years ago. Senior travel tours to Mesa Verde often include guided tours of the cliff dwellings and informative presentations on the park’s rich history.
Choosing the Right Senior Travel Tour
When selecting a senior travel tour to explore America’s national parks, there are several factors to consider. First and foremost, ensure that the tour is specifically designed for seniors and takes into account any physical limitations you may have. Look for tours that offer comfortable accommodations and transportation options that suit your needs.
Researching the itinerary is also crucial. Make sure that the tour includes visits to your preferred national parks and covers activities that align with your interests. Whether you enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, or simply taking in scenic views from a comfortable vantage point, there are tours available to cater to your preferences.
Lastly, read reviews and testimonials from previous participants to get an idea of what to expect from a particular tour operator. Hearing about other seniors’ experiences can help you make an informed decision and choose a reputable company that provides excellent service.
Exploring America’s national parks through senior travel tours is an ideal way for seniors to experience all that these magnificent natural wonders have to offer. Whether you’re captivated by geothermal features at Yellowstone National Park, mesmerized by the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, or fascinated by ancient cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, there is no shortage of unforgettable experiences awaiting you.
By joining a senior travel tour, you can leave the logistics and planning to the experts, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and history of these national treasures. So don’t let age be a barrier to your wanderlust – embark on a senior travel tour and create memories that will last a lifetime.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Enter the Palais des Nations through the Visitor's entrance at Pregny Gate, on 14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross building and next to the Geneva Hotel School (please see map here).
The United Nations Office at Geneva is a workplace. Delegates hold their meetings where visitors go on guided tour. Visitors are therefore kindly reminded to stay with the tour guide at all times, to keep noise levels down, and to respect the professional working environment of the United Nations.
Please arrive 45 minutes before your tour.
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Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed to park inside the premises of the Palais des Nations. A large underground parking is available at the Place des Nations, next to the United Nations, and can be accessed via Rue de Varembé.
The Palais tour is approximately 2KM (1.24 Miles) of walking and can be difficult for youth or those with mobility issues.
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GUIDED TOURS OF THE U.N.
United Nations' guided tours are a great way to learn more about the organization and its contributions to the world order.
You must purchase tickets for the tour.
If you prefer to visit the United Nations for free, you can, but you will not see any of the significant parts of the Headquarters.
See below to find out what you can see without taking a tour.
Pre-booked tickets and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination are strongly recommended but not required for entry. All visitors are recommended to wear mask but not required.
Tours are offered Monday-Friday, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, and last between 45 minutes to an hour.
There are no weekend tours .
The Visitors Center is open on the weekends, but you will not be able to see any other areas of the building.
Tours are offered in the six official languages of the United Nations, which are English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian.
Tours are also sometimes offered in German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Swedish.
If for some reason a booked language tour is not available when you arrive, the tour will be conducted in English.
About the Tour
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- General Assembly Hall
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- Trusteeship Council Chamber
- Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber
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- There are 24 United Nations Tour Guides.
- The guides are from 15 different countries and speak a combined 12 languages.
- Tour Guides are referred to as United Nations Ambassadors to the Public because of their direct contact with millions of visitors.
- The guides are briefed every morning so that they will be current on the ongoing work of the organization.
- Guides also sometimes wear the native dress of their home country.
Kids Tour - Thematic Guided Tours
Since 2019, the UN started offering tours for children ages 5 through 10.
The tour includes a visit to the kid-friendly UN Kids Corridor".
Guides interact with children and role-play so that young visitors learn how the UN relates to their lives.
The Corridor has huge world maps on the walls, mounted flags of the countries that are included in the Security Council, and even an actual refugee tent.
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Standard Guided Tour
In the centre of New York City, visit the UN! An intriguing chance to learn about UN Headquarters is provided by a one-hour guided tour.
You'll go on a brief tour of the halls of world affairs with one of the multilingual Tour Guides.
You will gain knowledge of the UN's past and current activities while touring its renowned General Assembly Hall and Security Council Chamber. (meetings permitting).
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In the autumn, Wednesdays at 2:30 pm offer special tours of the UN's North Lawn.
Learn about the history of the "George and the Dragon" statue, see a real section of the Berlin Wall, and find a "hidden gem" honouring Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most significant women in the history of the United Nations, as you stroll through the gardens with their exceptional rose collection and recognizable cherry trees.
Thematic Guided Tour - Black History Tour
Take the unique Black History Tour to commemorate Black History at the UN!
Tour is available at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
You will get a special opportunity to see the Ark of Return, a permanent monument to those who perished in enslavement and the transatlantic slave trade, on the United Nations Visitors Plaza as part of the Black History-themed Tour of the UN.
Access to the General Assembly Hall, Trusteeship Council Chamber, and Security Council Chamber will also be included in the special visit.
With a focus on decolonization, visitors will learn about the contributions made by people of African origin to the UN's work in areas like peace and security and human rights.
Thematic Guided Tour - Focus on Women Tour
The Focus on Women Tour highlights the important contributions made by women to UN efforts in the areas of peace and security, human rights, and development.
More than half of the world's population are women, and even though their opinions have frequently been muted, their tenacity and wisdom have made them change agents!
This tour will discuss women who have had a significant impact on the history of the UN, as well as issues like Security Council resolution 1325, which emphasises the critical role that women play in conflict prevention and resolution, the distinctive and expanding role that women play in peace operations, Sustainable Development Goal 5, which focuses on gender equality and women's empowerment, and other General Assembly milestones that have improved the status of women globally.
A traditional Mola tapestry created by Kuna women from Panama will also be on display as part of the tour in the General Assembly Lobby.
If there are no meetings scheduled, the Focus on Women Tour will also have entry to the General Assembly Hall, Economic and Social Council Chamber, and Security Council Chamber.
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Other Things to See at the UN
Whether you take a tour or not, there is plenty to do at the United Nations.
The lobby and atrium are open for visits and you can see their permanent and changing exhibits .
You can also browse their bookshop , purchase a souvenir , and send a postcard with a UN stamp!
You can also dine alongside UN delegates at the Delegates Dining Room . You must make a reservation by calling 1-917-367-3314.
For a less expensive meal, try the casual Visitor’s Café in the Visitor’s Center.
NOTE: The UN no longer offers the opportunity to have your passport stamped.
Instead, the UN Post Office sells souvenir passports for $1.00 which you can have stamped for free.
Also, they will stamp any type of paper product, such as postcards, pamphlets, or even blank paper. This makes for a unique one-of-a-kind souvenir.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
Tickets can be purchased online at the UN's Visitor Center website page .
Note that tickets are sold through this site via an online vendor. If you purchase with a credit card, Vendini Tickets is the name that will appear on your statement.)
Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Visitors Center for the next available tour that day.
Because of limited availability, it is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
- Seniors (60 and up): $18
- Students (with ID): $18
- Children (5-12 years old): $15
- Children under 5 years old are not permitted on tours but are allowed inside the UN building.
- Kids Tours are offered for children 5-10 years old. For the Kids Tour, see above .
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PLAN YOUR VISIT
The Visitor Entrance is at First Avenue and 45th Street.
You can use this link to Google Maps to get exact directions from your departure location to the U.N.
By subway: Take the 4/5/6 trains to Grand Central-42nd Street Station).
Exit Grand Central Station on 42nd Street (look for signs that say "42nd Street Exit".
Once on the street, you can walk along 42nd Street to 1st Avenue and then walk north 4 blocks to the Visitor Entrance.
If you don't want to walk from Grand Central, you can take the M42 bus heading east on 42nd Street. It is a free transfer from the subway.
TIP: You may find our posts on navigating the NYC subway and choosing the right subway pass helpful.
By bus: The crosstown M42 bus heading east. The Uptown M15 bus along 1st Avenue stops in front of the U.N.
By ferry: The East River ferry has a stop at 34th Street and 1st Avenue. It costs the same as the subway and you will have fantastic views during your ride. See our post about the East River Ferry .
By car: We advise you to not drive to the UN, as there is no visitor parking and traffic in Midtown is very heavy.
When you arrive
Be sure that everyone in your group who is 18 years or older (and unaccompanied children 12 years and older) has their government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license.
Go to the Visitor Check-in Office at 801 First Avenue at 45th Street, across the street from the UN.
For 9:30 am and 9:45 am ticket holders, please be advised that the Check-in Office opens at 9:00 am.
Because you must go through a security screening, which may take some time, the UN asks that you arrive an hour prior to your tour so you will not be late.
You won't be able to bring in big bags or tripods. We have great suggestions for where to store your bags for under $6.
Note: If you are more than 15 minutes late your reservation may not be honored.
For more information about what to expect when you arrive, see the UN website .
Good to Know
- Tours take place during working hours, so groups are asked to keep quiet while walking in between stops.
- There are no restrooms along the tour route, so take care of any needs before the tour begins.
- TIP: If you have bags and would like to store them somewhere during your visit to the UN, look at our post on where to store luggage in NYC .
What you can and cannot bring
The UN takes security seriously. Check their long list of prohibited items here .
You CAN bring the following:
- battery-operated electronic devices, as well as medical devices
- cameras, video recorders, or any type of recording device
- creams, lotions, or perfumes
- strollers (not permitted on the tour route)
NEARBY SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES
You may want to link your trip to the United Nations with a few other activities.
One activity is to join us for one of our pay-what-you-like tours of Midtown Manhattan or Grand Central Terminal .
Explore Grand Central Terminal (also a great place to grab food!).
You can enhance your visit to Grand Central by using our self-guided Grand Central tour or our audio tour .
For a stunning view of the NYC skyline, ride the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island. Once you are on Roosevelt Island it is a lovely place to spend an hour or 2.
See our Self-Guided Roosevelt Island Tour for information on what to do on the island.
You can also visit the New York Public Library . They offer free tours daily.
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