Retirement is an ideal time to travel the world – and thanks to the national park system, you don’t have to go far to discover exotic terrain, unique wildlife, and majestic views. You’ve probably heard of the most popular parks, like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite… but with 60 national parks across the country, there’s a multitude of experiences waiting right outside your front door.
As an active independent living community, Ventura Townehouse understands the value that traveling can bring to an active senior lifestyle. U.S. national parks are a popular way for seniors to see all the natural beauty that the country has to offer, and with good reason. Here are some of our favorite lesser-known parks to add to your bucket list.
Vibrant colors, otherworldly terrain, and breathtaking views abound in the Petrified Forest National Park, named for the petrified wood that lay scattered throughout the sands. This Arizona park features numerous different hiking trails, and the dreamlike Painted Desert can also be enjoyed by car if you need to get out of the heat. For thrill-seekers, the Devil’s Playground offers a permit-only hike available to a limited number of visitors.
Nestled deep in the Alaskan wilderness, Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park the U.S. has to offer – and it’s not for the faint of heart. This park includes not only the highest concentration of glaciers and nine of the tallest mountains in the country, but also one of the biggest active volcanoes in the world (Mount Wrangell). Copper mine tours, rafting day trips, and ice climbing are just some of the adventures that await you in this vast national park.
This New Mexico park features gorgeous desert fauna and scenic canyons – but the most dramatic experiences lie buried beneath the sand. Over 100 caves are hidden under this park, including the impressive Carlsbad Caverns. Explore bat-filled caves, stalactites, and stunning underground lakes with a guided tour, or on your own.
Biscayne National Park is uniquely located almost entirely underwater in Florida’s Biscayne Bay. Its pristine waters contain manatees, 72 different shipwrecks, and one of the largest coral reefs in the world, promising an enchanting experience for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. Above water, there’s boating, canoeing, and kayaking to keep you busy.
U.S. national parks have something to offer for everyone, whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation. The beautiful and often ancient attractions found in these parks can make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time, or to a far-away destination. No matter where you go, each park offers sights and memories you’ll treasure forever.
Ventura Townehouse is an independent living community dedicated to creating a luxurious and active senior living experience. For more information about Ventura Townehouse, or to schedule a personalized tour, click here.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.