Vacations for Seniors with Limited Mobility
Travel can be difficult. Airports, airplanes, rental cars, hotels, shuttles… At times you might feel like you need to be a professional to just get around. This is especially the case for seniors and especially for seniors with mobility issues. The US Southwest is one of the few destinations in America that is essentially open to travel year-round. The temperate climate, the lack of sustained precipitation, and the nearly endless summer temperatures make it a perfect destination for those of all ages. Let’s take a look at some destinations that would fun for all seniors!
5 Best Vacations for Seniors with Mobility Issues
As we age, we become more and more dependent on adaptive devices to get us from place to place. These devices could be as simple as glasses to see signs, a cane to maintain balance, a walker for support and an occasional rest, or a motorized wheelchair to get us around quickly and safely. Knowing the limitations that sometimes coincide with those devices, it’s good to know some destinations where they might not matter.
The first thing that most people think of when they consider Las Vegas, is the resorts. Most resorts have a senior discount (often substantial), along with the buffets and activities. Getting around Las Vegas is senior-friendly, too. You can also take advantage of the Las Vegas Monorail or one of the several trams connecting multiple casinos. These additional options are both affordable and can get you to most of the major resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Many of the hotels on the world famous Las Vegas Strip have shows, many of which have senior specific seating! Depending on the resort you might be staying at, you may not even need to leave the building, since most of the larger resorts will have multiple restaurants, shows, pools, and activities to keep you busy and entertained.
Other than spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is known most for it’s year-round amazing climate. Rarely too hot, and never too cold, this oceanside city is perfect for seniors that might be looking for an active vacation, or lazy days to relax. Balboa Park is one of America’s most incredible city parks. Created in 1916 for the Panama-California Expedition, the 1,200-acre park, with its Spanish Colonial Revival-style buildings, is home to numerous art galleries and museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the Timken Museum of Art, the Veterans Museum and the Japanese Friendship Garden, and several more. Getting around the city is easy, the public transportation system clear-cut and easy to use. Seniors will enjoy discounts not only on transportation (including the famous trolleys!) but at nearly every major attraction in the city. You should also consider visiting Old Tow, the Gaslamp district, and three of the most incredible beaches in the United States: Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and Pacific Beach.
Arizona offers many great outing and vacation destinations close to home that cater to peoples of all ages. From a relaxing day of shopping and dining in Scottsdale, Jeep Tours in Sedona, Arizona is loaded with incredible vacation spots for seniors. Nearby you can visit The Grand Canyon – Beautiful and epic in scale, van trips in the Grand Canyon range from the comfortable to a bit bumpy, or there are even strolls perfect for senior sightseeing. The peaceful scenery and majestic cliffs are sure to inspire a sense of calming awe. The Canyon also has jeep and helicopters tour available for a day of adventure and fun. If boating and water based activities are your thing…Lake Powell is the perfect destination. Like Universal Studios, Old Tucson is as much a movie studio as it is a theme park. Pan for gold and witness the filming of a Wild West movie at this unforgettable tourist hotspot. If something more leisurely is more your style, check out the paddleboat cruises of the Desert Belle. It’s something we are sure you won’t want to miss.
San Antonio, Texas
As one of the city's most iconic and memorable aspects, the River Walk is one of the most visited attractions each year. Seniors can walk leisurely down the wide walkways or enjoy a relaxing boat ride to enjoy the scenery along the way. On either side of the River Walk, seniors can sit down for lunch or dinner, shop from local shops and artisans, and enjoy some enthusiastic entertainment. Another iconic fixture in San Antonio is The Alamo. Filled with historic buildings, priceless artifacts, dramatic living history, and peaceful gardens - there's something for everyone at the Alamo. If you still have time check out Morgan’s Wonderland, SeaWorld, Witte Museum, and San Antonio Missions National Park.
One of the easiest and most fulfilling senior vacation is a destination cruise. The ship has everything you need, and more, to stay entertained for several days. Buffets, shows, entertainment, casinos, pools, and incredible views…and all of that before you arrive at your destination. Whether is Alaska or the Caribbean, Mexico or Hawai’i, your destination is sure to entertain and excite you. Cruises have packages with outings and excursions that are specifically for seniors, be sure to ask!
Common Getaways near Lakeview Terrace
For the residents at are lucky enough to live at Lakeview Terrace, there are several destinations just around the corner. Starting with the aforementioned Las Vegas. Just 30 minutes from our front door to the Strip, you can eat lunch, grab a show and see all the sites and be home in time for dinner. Look east from our front door and you will see incredible Lake Mead. Formed by the construction of the Hoover Dam, the lake is available for boating, fishing and all other watersports. Finally, just down the road from Lakeview Terrace is The Hoover Dam is a National Civil Engineering Landmark, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985, cited for its engineering innovations. Stay informed on the latest events and news from Lakeview Terrace by checking out our monthly newsletters in the blog.