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5 Fabulous Places to Visit During Your Retirement

Posted by April Davis on Jul 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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You don’t have to slow down now that you’re retired. If you are still able to travel, now may be the best time to get out and see some new places that you’ve always wanted to visit. Here are 5 great places you should visit during your retirement.

1. Napa County, California

If you haven’t been to the heart of wine country yet, this is a trip you really have to take. If you’re not big into wine, don’t worry, there is plenty of good food and great sights in Napa to keep the teetotaler happy, too. If the mountains alone don’t take your breath away, the great dining opportunities will certainly keep your taste buds excited. There are a variety of different spas and other relaxing things to do as well. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train where you can spend the entire day touring several different wineries, all while being served some of the best food Napa has to offer.

2. London, England

London is a wonderful place for seniors to explore. Stay in a modern flat or a cosy studio apartment, both overlooking this great city. Visit Buckingham Palace and spend an entire day at Camden Market. If you don’t feel like walking one day, take a guided bus tour around different parts of the city. There’s no shortage of great restaurants, good music, and historic spots for you to visit during a trip to this capital city. You’ll probably have to make plans to take a second trip, because you won’t be able to see it all in just one go.

3. Florida Keys

If you travel to the Florida Keys, you can spend your vacation relaxing on the beach with a tropical drink in your hand, or go shopping then spend the evening exploring the famous Duval Street in Key West. While you’re there, take a trolley sightseeing tour on the Old Town Trolley. The Keys include Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key, and Key West, so you don’t have to limit yourself to just one spot. Spend a day snorkeling and explore the beautiful fish and corals that live in the waters surrounding Highway 1.

4. Kauai, Hawaii

Known as the “Garden Isle”, Kauai is the least commercially developed of the eight Hawaiian islands. Forests, mountains, and over 60 beaches can be found all over this wonderful little island. The beautiful mountains of the Na Pali Coast have been the backdrop for many different movies, like South Pacific and Jurassic Park. Spend the day hiking the Kalalau Trail. You can even camp there if you like. If you want to take things a little slower, take a tour on the Kilohana Plantation Railway or spend the day relaxing by the pool at your hotel of choice.

5. Dublin, Ireland

It’s home to the Guinness factory, but Dublin isn’t just for beer lovers. There’s a variety of different museums and fun spots that you can visit, like the Dublin Zoo or Phoenix Park. Literary buffs will enjoy visiting some of the spots unique to Yeats, Joyce, and Swift. There’s even a Literary Pub Crawl that is offered from April through October, if you’re up to it. And of course, you can always visit the famous Guinness Storehouse and get a free pint of beer while you’re there, because after all, you’re in Dublin.

 

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April Davis

Written by: April Davis

April has over 15 years of experience working with residents in their Cottage home. She has worked in the Cottage in a variety of roles, giving her a unique perspective and a true understanding of what challenges our seniors and their families face. She has two children, Alyssa and Jackson.