Is there a better time to discover the world than after retirement? We don’t think so. You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to play!From far away destinations to iconic experiences closer to home, here’s our list of the best trips to take now that you’re retired.Grab your best travel credit card and start planning — because you deserve this.1. Explore a national parkThe United States has 61 National Parks, including the most popular ones: the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Zion, Yellowstone and Yosemite.Each spot has its own unique natural beauty and geography — from dusty deserts to majestic waterfalls, towering mountain ranges and volcanoes. There are also more than a thousand scenic and historic trails across the country ready for your trekking pleasure. Seniors can purchase a lifetime pass that covers entrance fees to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, wildlife refuges, grasslands … [Read more...] about 15 trips to take in retirement
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0 Have your say Carried away by a desert detox Scottsdale has a reputation as a place of health and wellness and I’ve come here for a desert detox at some of the state’s top spa resorts. Clearly, the desert environment works wonders on ancient cacti, but what can it do for a not-so-ancient spa rookie like me? At the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North (Scottsdale), I will select my own custom-blended massage oils, be massaged, stretched, scrubbed, exfoliated, polished, moisturised and wrapped, and generally have my yin sorted from my yang. A typical morning finds us hiking by 6am through the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak Park on a moderate 3.5-mile route covered in pretty wild flowers, cactus, jojoba shrubs and banana yuccas. A delicate cactus wren watches us from the tip of a thorny-armed saguaro, while gritty desert textures contrast with a smooth blue sky. Carefully avoiding impalement, we stop at a prickle-free space for an outdoor yoga … [Read more...] about Scottsdale, Arizona
Published 11:45 am CDT, Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (BPT) - The great American road trip has officially gone to the dogs. In a recent online Google consumer survey, three-in-four travelers said they planned to take a road trip with their pet this summer, and 12% of travelers would rather hit the open road with their dog over family or friends. It actually makes sense — your four-legged friend is unlikely to be a backseat driver, ask “Are we there yet?” or complain about your playlist. Using insights from the survey and new pet travel and booking data, Orbitz and Dollar Rent A Car have mapped out seven of the most pet-friendly road trips to plan this summer. The 2- to 5-day routes were hand-picked by travel editors and pet experts based on availability of pet-friendly hotels, bars and restaurants, outdoor attractions and gram-worthy locales. So buckle up and turn up “Who Let the Dogs Out?” for the best road trip ever. 1) Enjoy the "Paw-cific" … [Read more...] about 7 great road trips for you and your pet
By JON MOOALLEM MARCH 20, 2019 A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. By JON MOOALLEM photo illustration by: DAVID BENJAMIN SHERRY The whale sighting happened right away, minutes into Day 1. Jon, Dave and I had just been dropped off on a remote Alaskan shoreline, an hour and a half by boat from the closest speck of a town. Jon was working as a sea-kayaking guide that summer in Glacier Bay National Park, and he had invited us up for a seven-day excursion during his week off. As the boat that delivered us vanished, the drone of its … [Read more...] about It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.
Tired of seeing photos of the Grand Canyon’s Horseshoe Bend on your Instagram account? Me too. While the Grand Canyon absolutely deserves a visit, Arizona has plenty of other awe-inspiring sights that many visitors miss. From long-table dining on a farm to a desert botanical garden founded in the ‘30s, here are eight great things to do in Arizona that have nothing to do with its glorious canyon. Arizona Fresh Foodie Trail Arizona is a big agricultural player in the U.S., producing much of the country’s produce. Because of this, the agritourism trend is popular in the Phoenix Metro Area. The city of Mesa even offers its own Foodie Trail experience. You can book a visit with a tour operator—stops include an olive mill, orange grove, and an urban farming community—or opt to go the self-guided route. Glamp in the Desert Get ready to sleep on the property that belongs to one of the state’s oldest farming families. At The Cozy Peach at Schnepf Farms, … [Read more...] about 8 Awesome Things to Do in Arizona (That Aren’t the Grand Canyon)