Most Sought Out Destinations for Retirees PART I

Are you a traveling retiree?? Are you looking for some of the most sought out destinations? Maybe some of the below destinations are on your bucket list.

Or are you waiting to retire and you’re dreaming about traveling?? Do you have destinations on your bucket list??  Get out that pen, cause there may be more, you’ll want to add, from the list below.

And remember when you’re traveling, ask about any senior or AARP discounts, on planes, places you stay, anywhere you dine, and activities you might do.

Hotels that are listed have a 4 or 5 stars ratings.

Popular Destinations for Retirees

Big Sur, CA: if its a drive you are looking for, this is a must-see. Beautiful scenery driving down Highway 1, it is considered one of the best road trips in the world. Views of the beaches are spectacular, especially in the many beautiful inns/resorts/B&B’s you can find along the way. Go as far north or as far south as you like. The distance is yours, as well as the gorgeous scenery.

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Branson, MO: Set in the Ozark Mountains, you’ll have plenty of entertainment, such as music shows, concerts, golf, lake cruises, Visit in July for their annual Elvis Presley festival. Seniors can receive discounts on restaurants, shows, specific activities, local resorts, and hotels. Take in the beautiful scenery and relax!!

Places to stay:

  • Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa
  • Camden Hotel
  • Hilton Promenade
  • Raddison Hotel
  • The Brick House Hotel

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Charleston, SC: Enjoy the southern charm of Charleston with art & military museums, as well as monuments to visit.–all offering senior discounts. You got to love that!! The history of this city is undoubtedly a learning experience you won’t soon forget.

Places to stay:

  • Harborside at Charleston Harbor and Marina
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton
  • King Charles Inn
  • Planters Inn
  • Wild Dunes Resort

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Green Valley, AZ. Their climate is one most preferred by retirees. This destination is geared toward the more active retiree.  With golf being the most popular of those activities. Many retirees choose to get around on golf carts, even when they’re not on the green. Also, when you’re not on the green, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking and cycling. If you’re into bird watching, you’ll enjoy the birdlife that Green Valley offers. The scenery is breathtaking, all year round. Enjoy Native American History. Much of their crafts, found in town, can be admired as well as purchased. This is one of the more sought out places you’ll want to visit.

Places to stay:

  • Best Western Green Valley Inn
  • Comfort Inn
  • Inn At San Ignacio Condo Hotel

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The Island of St. John (US Virgin Islands) north Americas true tropical escape. Your every whim will be met on this secluded island. Indulge yourself in the many beach villas and beach bungalows. A more peaceful, quiet getaway. The service you’ll receive during the day is, without a doubt, absolutely excellent. There are plenty of boutiques, as well as jewelry stores, that offer some of the most extraordinary shopping. Or hop on a ferry and spend the day on one of the other islands. Enjoy the many local dishes as well as the culture.

Places to stay:

  • Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel
  • Gallows Point Resort
  • Grande Bay Resort
  • Lavender Hills Suites
  • Seashore Allure

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Key West FL: Key West is one of the most popular destinations for retirees. Famous for its take it easy, laid-back attitude and its slower pace atmosphere. It’s also known for its beautiful beaches, but more so their renowned coral reefs. Go snorkeling, or scuba diving, its something you’ll want to cross off or put on your bucket list! With many choices for restaurants, they all offer the most delicious Cuban cuisine.

Places to Stay:

  • Almond Tree Inn
  • Cypress House Hotel
  • DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
  • Key Lime Inn
  • Silver Palms Inn

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Lake Tahoe, CA, is known for its breath-taking scenery. If you go in the summer, you can enjoy the outdoor activities: golf, kayaking, jet ski or hiking. Maybe relax by taking a stroll or take a picnic to the lakefront. In the winter, enjoy top-notch skiing.  Skiing for all levels welcomed. Or perhaps you prefer ice-skating. And at night, take a ferry to Nevada for a night at the casinos.

Places to stay:

  • Andruss Motel
  • Homewood Mountain Resorts
  • Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort
  • Marriott’s Timber Lodge
  • Postmarc Hotel and Spa Suites

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Las Vegas, NV: If you have never been to Vegas, it is not just a must-see, but a must experience everyone should have. This place is a non-stop, spot in the Mojave Desert. Casino’s that are always open. Live entertainment–goes on all year long.  Although Las Vegas’ weather is known to be very hot, who needs outside when there’s so much going on indoors. They actually have air-conditioned walkways that take you from one casino to another casino. As well as hotel to hotel.  Vegas is so vibrant with all its attractions, and neon signs. An adult, Wonderland!!  And remember, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.’  >smiles<

Places to stay:

  • Bellagio
  • Ceaser’s Palace (one of the best hotels that cater to retirees)
  • Luxor
  • The Palazzo
  • Venetian

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Mauna Loa, HI: Better known as The Big Island.  It is the youngest, yet the biggest of all the islands. There are many activities you can enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving on their beautiful beaches. Soak up some rays as you dry off. The color of these beaches is known to change colors. Fantastic colors that you must see for yourself! Enjoy all the water sports, or go horseback riding. Be sure to visit their volcanoes (2). The cultural history of this island is everywhere and is another must-see experience.

Places to stay:

  • Aston Kona by the Sea (over 26 miles west of Mauna Loi)
  • Holualoa Inn (over 24 miles west of Mauna Loi)
  • Holua Resort (24 miles west of Mauna Loa)
  • Kona Coast Resort & Spa (over 24 miles west of Mauna Loa)
  • Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa (over 24 miles west of Mauna Loa)

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Miami, FL, where the sun is always shining. If you’re like me and love the beach–there are so many in Miami to see. Miles and miles of gorgeous sandy beaches! You can also find beautiful beachfront resorts/cottages, with private beaches. You can witness gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Or catch a dolphin or two, playing in the ocean.  If you go to the city, there are plenty of places for all your shopping needs. Visit the many beautiful museums that usually offer senior discounts.  Also, take a water tour of Biscayne Bay & Marketplace. Visit some great museums as well. Deciding which seafood restaurant to dine at can be challenging. Check for the restaurants that offer fantastic senior discounts!

Places to stay:

  • 1 Hotel South Beach
  • Beacon Hotel South Beach
  • Lowes South Beach Resort
  • Mondrian South Beach
  • Park Central Hotel


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Plant City, FL: Enjoy homemade ice cream, candy, and locally made blueberry wine. All in a quaint little town, where you can walk to the antique shops, a flea market, and the charming, locally-owned restaurants. If you’re traveling in an RV, you must put Plant City on your bucket list.  It offers several campgrounds in which to choose from and great off-season prices. (weekly rates too)

Places to stay:

  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • Hampton Inn Plant City

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Plymouth, MA: If you are a history buff, Plymouth is for you!! In the spring, before the tourists arrive, visit one of the oldest museums in the world. It displays a piece of Plymouth rock as well as artifacts brought over on the Mayflower. Take walks and see 17th-century houses; they are grand. Go on one of the many cruises, and maybe you’ll catch sight of a whale. Or visit the Cape Cod canal. Many budget-friendly motels in which to stay in.

Places to stay:

  • Blue Anchor Guesthouse
  • Blue Spruce Motel & Townhouses
  • Comfort Inn
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Plymouth

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Santa Fe, NM: is one of the more cultural places in the state. Known as the land of enchantment. With its many museums, and just as many, if not more art galleries–anywhere in the world. Santa Fe is located, 7000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains, and the views are like none other! Summers are great for hiking, short and long-distance. And if you want to be a bit more active, in the winter, you can go skiing. Relax by the fire up in the lodge. Try the many dishes that present the Spanish history of Santa Fe.

Places to stay:

  • Eldorado Hotel & Spa
  • Hotel Santa Fe
  • Hotel St. Francis
  • La Fonda on the Plaza
  • The Lodge of Santa Fe

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Sedona, AZ: Is known to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Famous for the red rock formations that change color when the light and weather changes. It’s something that cannot be described and has to be seen. The pine forests are genuinely amazing, and you’ll find plenty of Lodges in which to enjoy all the beauty the Pine Forest has to offer. The climate is not only great for retirees, but for hiking, taking picnics, and bird-watching. There are excellent spas, a new age scene–learn, and experience all it has to offer.

Places to stay:

  • Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
  • L’Auberge de Sedona
  • Poco Diablo Resort
  • Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
  • Southwest Inn at Sedona

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If you have a favorite retiree destination that needs to be added to this list, please let me hear about it in the comments below! We want to hear from you!!

NOTE: Popular Destinations Outside the US will be my next article, so keep checking back!!!

Senior Offers and Discounts


Are You Ready to Book Your Dream?

What are you waiting for? Book early to get the best prices. And ask for any senior discounts. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or not, it’s always great to save money.

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Where will we stay??

Be sure wherever you decide to stay is senior-friendly. There is nothing worse than being woke up at 6 am, by kids treating the hallways like it’s their playground. I know firsthand, except it was kids running around the corridors till 3 in the morning.


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A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, ‘“At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.” – Claude Pepper


12 thoughts on “Most Sought Out Destinations for Retirees PART I”

  1. Wow, that Livingsocial site had some killer deals.  I had never heard of it, but I came across your website looking for some information on good places to go for seniors, and I found this article.  I love all the destination ideas, and now that I have the link to the Livingsocial website, I feel like I can actually afford to go to some of them!  LOL!  Thank you so much for the great information and website geared to us Boomers!  Boomers really are the best, aren’t we?  -Babs

    • Hi Babs,

      Yes us baby boomers definitely are the best.  In fact we rock!!!  haha

      I’m glad you like the living social site.  I believe there is an app for that.  LOL I sound like that one commercial.

      I’m glad you liked some of the suggestions.  And promise me, when, not if, you go you’ll come back here and tell us all about it!!  K??

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I’m not a retiree yet, but I do like to think ahead. I want to travel as much as possible once my kids are out of the house. Admittedly, that won’t be for a while, but I can plan!

    Somewhere I’ve wanted to go, that I was pleased to see on your list is the U.S. Virgin Islands. I’ve heard some wonderful things about them and it would be a grat place for a retirement “honeymoon.”

    • Hi Genesis!

      Nothing wrong with planning.  Why not start a bucket list.  First item “Us Virgin Islands”!!  

      Retirement Honeymoon??  That is a wonderful idea, I like the way you think!!

      Have the wife help with that bucket list, k?  You can both check out the article I wrote, talking all about making your bucket list!  “Do You Have a Bucket List”??  —

      Thanks for stopping by,

  3. Yes, I really do like the last part of your article – take a vacation and get away from winter!! LOL. I used to love the snow and winter when I was younger and I ski’d, but now that I gave that up, I find the winters long, cold and not as much fun.

    Last year, my sons and I started taking walks in the snow, and I really enjoyed it. We took my baby granddaughter out in her sled, and she would laugh and the snow would be falling, and she loved it, which made me love it again.

    Great article, as always!

    • Awwh that sounds like such fun. What memories.

      I’ll still take the vacations to get away from the cold. Of course, our very first grandbaby is due in May…so who knows. LOL

      Thanks for stopping by, Babs!

  4. Hey there! I love these travel suggestions for people over 50.I’ve been looking for some new, interesting places to take mine and my hubby’s parents on vacation. They are so stuck in their ways but it’s time for some variety! I think California is a good place to start because one of my dad’s favorite sisters live there. Which location is closest to San Diego? 

    • Hi Marlinda,

      I think that is a great idea to take yours & the hubby’s folks along with you.  I googled which place was closest to San Diego and it was San Jose.  But San Diego would be another 400+ miles to go.  Maybe don’t start as far north, and then you can take the trip all the way to San Diego.

      When you guys do this, I would love for you to come back here and share your trip with us in the comment section.  That would be so awesome!

      Safe travels to you all!  (when you decide to go)

  5. I’m always talking about how I have to travel because I haven’t and because I’m young. But this article is a whole other level beyond that and really outlines a great guide of where to consider traveling. This evidently applies to my future of where I should be young or not really. 

    • Hi Ryan!

      Did you know you don’t have to wait to make a bucket list?  Some have bucket lists of things they’d like to do before their 30, 40, and 50+.  Some even have Summer bucket lists and Winter bucket lists.  Never let your age determine what you want to do.

      I’m glad that you liked my article and I hope you stop by again soon,

  6. Hi Laura.
    Beautiful article! Can you do a part 2 of this article with European destinations? Off the path places like Bavaria or Interloken, Sweden?
    That would be killer!
    Best success,

    • Hi Chris,

      Yes, that will be a future article, but in other countries. I’ll work on getting published sooner, rather than later. I will include the 2 places you mentioned, and thank you for the suggestion. Keep checking back, for my article!

      And thank you for stopping by, Chris,


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