Ahh, summer vacation. With schools gearing up for the most anticipated time of year, the sounds of early morning sprinklers, and lively pool parties are fast upon us. If you thought summer adventures were just for kids, think again. Boomers and retirees love their fair share of concerts in the park, drippy ice cream cones, and backyard barbecues, and there are plenty of sizzling destinations to relive those carefree vibes.
Palm Springs, California
Home to the Coachella Valley, A-listers, and luxurious resorts, this desert oasis is the ultimate snowbird destination. Affluent, and stunning, this Southern California paradise boasts views of the San Jacinto, and Santa Rosa mountains, along with over 300 days of glorious sunshine. Foodies and retail mavens will find a variety of restaurants from eclectic to upscale, unique shops, retail outlets, and glitzy casinos. Whether it’s exploring art galleries, golf resorts, or experiencing the great outdoors, there’s no need to be a celebrity to vacation in style.
Welcome to the city where musical heritage runs deep, and a spirit of adventure invites boomers to kick up their heels. From the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Museum to the Cheekwood Botanical Garden, and 180-mile greenway, Nashville is unforgettable. With fabulous year-round weather comes limitless outdoor recreation for the 55+ enthusiast whether that’s renting a bike or taking a kayak or paddleboard out on the lake. As coffee shops are to Seattle, outdoor concerts are to Nashville, and a show with a view is what music lovers will want to line up for.
Nothing says vacation like tropical Hawaii, and the capital of Honolulu feels a world away without needing a passport! Located on the Polynesian Island of Oahu, this corner of paradise is welcoming and spectacular. From the Bishop Museum, and Aloha Tower, to the poignant historic landmark of Pearl Harbor, active adults will find Honolulu rich in history, and culture. Outdoor adventures await whether it’s water sports on Kailua Beach or exploring stunning landscape along Oahu’s hiking trails.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
No need to leave canine family members home for the summer because this north coast destination lets sea dogs be footloose and fancy-free. Majestic rock formations and densely wooded landscape are the backdrops to miles of sparkling Pacific coastline. Pet-friendly accommodations, a charming village with unique dining, and quaint shops welcome visitors to experience a taste of the Pacific Northwest with their fur kids in tow.
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