Senior Living: Discovering the Outdoors: US National Parks
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.
Petrified Forest National Park
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.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
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.
Carlsbad Caverns 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
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.
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