Active Vacations for 2019

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The majority of people view vacations as a time set aside for relaxing and unwinding. However, others see the getaway as a chance to experience adventure or to engage in challenging physical activities. There are older adults who remain very physically active and enjoy the option of taking active vacations. The United States has numerous locations where guests have the chance to visit and stay physically fit.

Acadia National Park, Maine

The park is considered one of the most diverse in the country and lies along the state’s southeastern coast. While many venture to relaxing locations and find a way to exercise in their off time. However, in Acadia National Park, millions visit each year to hike the seven mountain peaks and more than 200 miles of trails and carriage roads that cross 16 historic stone bridges. Ladders, cables and iron bars enable climbers to reach the peaks using more physical methods. Other destinations to visit while in Maine include the Fort Western Living History Museum, the Maine Wildlife Park and the Mount Desert Oceanarium/The Lobster Hatchery. Guests might also enjoy lobster fishing or marine life tours.

South Walton, Florida 

The community lies along 26 miles of white sandy beaches on the state’s northwestern coast. The coast also features 16 different neighborhoods from which you might choose as a home base for your exploration pleasure. Four state parks, forests and 15 dune lakes provide outdoor enthusiasts with an abundance of opportunities for working out while vacationing. Relax on the beach and go exercising in your off time. But, older adults often choose to play golf or tennis, go camping, canoeing, hiking or kayaking. Stand up paddle-boarding is also popular. Many enjoy taking a bike ride along the coast to Grayton Beach State Park. The location offers various hiking trails that span from one mile to nine miles in length.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 

The community of fewer than 300 people was founded in the lower region of the Shenandoah Valley along the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers on the state’s northeastern border. The location also borders Maryland and Virginia. Local history dates back to 1733 and provides a number of activities for adults desiring active vacations.Harpers Ferry National Historical Park provides the chance to take guided and self-guided tours to Civil War sites, a living history workshop and some of the many scenic destinations throughout the park. The rivers also provide the chance to go fishing, canoeing or kayaking. Rock climbing and zip line adventures are also available here.

Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson was established along the northwestern border of the state. The location is approximately five miles from the Grand Teton National Park and 60 miles from Yellowstone National Park. The small community is also ideal for older adults looking for a destination less frequented by tourists. Active vacations here might include any number of outdoor activities from canoeing and kayaking to wildlife hikes and mountain trekking. Perhaps go whitewater rafting on the Mad or Snake River. In the winter, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other sports take center stage. The location is also a wonderful spot for viewing amazing art galleries in Town Square.

Zion National Park, Utah 

Older adults interested in working out while vacationing might consider a visit to the Utah location, which is renowned by hikers worldwide. The trails found here range from easy paved paths to more strenuous hikes and climbs for the seasoned outdoor enthusiast. The Emerald Pools Trail, for example, is rated as being easy and takes guests to scenic spring-fed pools, cascading waterfalls and views over the canyon. Challenging treks include the Hidden Canyon and Observation Point hikes. True adventurers might consider canyoneering, which entails a combination of climbing, rappelling and swimming among other physically challenging activities. Winter sports fans might venture to Park City or Salt Lake City when the snow falls to go skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Sedona, Arizona 

The community lies in the heart of the state in the Verde Valley. The attraction here remains the unique sandstone formations that glow in orange and red hues from the time the sun rises until the sun sets. Adventures here include exploring the Montezuma Castle National Monument, which is an 800-year-old, 20-room cliff dwelling once occupied by ancient Sinagua people. Eleven miles north of the castle is Montezuma’s Well, which features more cliff dwellings and cave homes. The location was home to the Sinaguans, the Yavapai and the Apache peoples. The Honanki Heritage site is another destination of interest for the many pictographs found here along with ancient dwellings. The Sedona region is also known for having many different vortex locations, which are thought to reduce anxiety and promote healing. UFO enthusiasts also enjoy venturing out to watch the night sky, which is known to be a hotspot for sightings.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington 

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. The terrain includes everything from coastal beaches along the ocean to the Olympic Mountain Range in addition to lakes, rivers and rainforests. The peninsula requires a quick ferry ride from Seattle where guests indulge in everything from boating and fishing to wildlife viewing. The coast is a great spot for whale watching. Camping and hiking are popular here too. Visitors often enjoy a scenic bike ride along highway 112. After trekking along trails during the day, guests might enjoy a soothing dip in one of the many natural hot springs in Olympic National Park.

Big Sur, California 

Big Sur spans 90 miles from the Carmel-by-the-Sea Highlands to San Simeon and Hearst Castle along the Central Coast of the state. The dramatic scenery in the undeveloped region includes the majestic Santa Lucia Mountain range. Walking and hiking opportunities here extend from the scenic beaches to the mountains. Trails meander along streams beneath tree-lined valleys. Some might prefer scaling to the ridges for spectacular views over the coast. Other favorite hikes include treks to Pfeiffer Falls or to Sykes Hot Springs. Many choose to visit the historic Point Sur lighthouse. Beach-combing, backpacking, camping and fishing are popular in the vast expanse. The ocean currents are typically too dangerous for swimming. However, the Big Sur River provides the chance to take a refreshing dip.

The Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii makes for the perfect place to relax and go exercising in your off time or embark on physically active adventurers throughout the day. Soak up the sun on the beach or go snorkeling to see the manta rays and other marine life off the Kona Coast. Every winter, thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm coastal waters to breed and care for their young. Water-based activities include canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddle-boarding. Hawaii boasts 50 state parks and two national parks that invite guests to venture through tropical rainforests to see amazing waterfalls or the moon-like terrain that surrounds inactive volcanoes. The islands also have a wealth of historic locations and museums from Pearl Harbor to the Hulihee Palace. Take a trip to the Lapakahi State Historical Park to see the 600-year-old fishing settlement. Learn more about local culture, history and tradition in the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park to see ancient temples and petroglyphs. Go horseback riding along the beach and visit a plantation or two. Make a point of attending an authentic luau.

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