Senior travel is back
While the world is still reeling from the impact of COVID, many of last year’s pandemic domestic travel barriers have been removed. As international destinations continue with restrictions for 2021, travel to the United States offers a myriad of opportunities. While most modes of transportation, hotels, restaurants and attractions are operating at pre-pandemic levels, there have been definitive changes since last year. And the seniors want to go out. According to an AARP study, 54% of baby boomers plan to travel this year. Want to experience a day trip, a long weekend or a week? Come. If you don’t drive or fly, buses, trains, and car services are an alternative.
A day in Hudson and the Mid-Hudson Valley
For a day trip, the city of Hudson offers an attractive tour 120 miles north of Manhattan; two hours by Amtrak or by car; restored homes, excellent restaurants and unique cultural attractions await.
With that in mind, and with a one-day rental car, I drove with two senior friends to the Mid-Hudson Valley. If you are driving, there are four separate routes, two on either side of the Hudson; taxis are available in Hudson if you travel there by train.
Pittsburgh: a cultural weekend
Pittsburgh, formerly a city of gray skies and steel production, is teeming with culture and cuisine, worth at least a three-day trip by car, bus, train, or plane. Once there, you can get around easily on foot, by taxis, a good network of public transport, self-service bicycles, or even funiculars if you feel like it.
Beyond Denver: A Week on the Front Range
We chose a non-stop Southwest Airlines from Terminal B in LaGuardia (hint: a lot of walking!) In Denver. Southwest exceeded expectations with a near-new and crisp Boeing 737, staffed with excellent staff. Upon arrival at Denver International Airport, we took the convenient train service to Union Station. Rather than renting a car at the airport, a rented Avis SUV in a city saved hundreds of dollars for the week. For our planned route to Cheyenne and Colorado Springs, a car rental was necessary.