16 Top Vacation Destinations for Retirees

Travel experts recommend the best locales for retirees looking to explore a new vacation destination.

16 Top Vacation Destinations for Retirees Photo (cc) by Ian D. Keating

For many, retirement is an ideal time for traveling. The only question is where to go.

To answer that, GOBankingRates turned to travel experts, asking them what locales they recommend to U.S. retirees looking to explore a new vacation destination.

The website came up with a list of 16 recommendations, both domestic and abroad. The options are as American as Williamsburg, Virginia, and as exotic as Thailand’s capital of Bangkok. They’re as traditional as Hawaii and as unexpected as Jekyll Island, Georgia.

No. 1 on the list is Alaska.

Jaxson Maurer, owner and operator of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in the Seattle area, describes the 49th state as “a magical wonder.”

He also tells GOBankingRates.com that Alaska can provide retirees with a relaxing vacation, especially by cruise ship:

“Guests can enjoy dinner while watching cascading waterfalls sail by, see massive glaciers come up around the corner, eagles soaring above head and whales popping up to say hello.”

Alaska is one of five U.S. destinations on the list.

The only other country that appears on the list more than once is Italy. The region of Tuscany and the island of Sicily took the No. 6 and No. 7 spots.

The 16 destinations on GOBankingRates.com’s list for retirees are:

  1. Alaska
  2. River cruises
  3. The Caribbean
  4. Hawaii
  5. Williamsburg, Virginia
  6. Tuscany, Italy
  7. Sicily, Italy
  8. Bangkok, Thailand
  9. Jekyll Island, Georgia
  10. Montreal, Canada
  11. California coast
  12. Tulum, Mexico
  13. Machu Picchu, Peru
  14. South Africa
  15. Vietnam/Cambodia
  16. Russia

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Karla Bowsher
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