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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that the US population aged 65 and over will double over the next 25 years to about 72 million people.

We’re living longer – and men and women entering this demographic want to continue leading healthy, active and meaningful lives.

Research has found that regular participation in social or leisure activities such as travel is beneficial for physical, spiritual, and emotional health. With a little planning and forethought, senior travel can be an amazing experience. Let the adventure begin.

First stop: national parks

Explore Washington’s three incredible national parks: Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades. These beautiful sites are easy to get to and all offer plenty of day-hike opportunities and comfortable visitor centers.

Naches Peak Trail to Mount Rainier is a popular short loop that offers stunning views. Visit in late July or early August to see the beautiful wildflowers. The loop is easy to access and relatively flat, with a slight drop.

The America the Beautiful – National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior National Park Pass allows seniors lifetime access to national parks and wildlife refuges.

Second Stop: Culinary Experience

Plan a weekend at Bainbridge Island, where you’ll see a renowned garden, vineyards and a charming town centre. Book the Bloedel Reserve & Winery Tour Combo with Tour Bainbridge, where you’ll see the Botanical Garden and experience some of Washington’s best wineries.

Spend 24 hours at the Herbfarm restaurant in Woodinville. The 24-hour Herbfarm experience starts early in the morning, helping farmers tend to animals, harvest for the evening menu, weeding and anything else the farm needs. Your harvest will be delivered to the chefs in preparation for dinner. After dinner, head to your room for a good night’s sleep.

Ask for discounts

Make your trip an unforgettable adventure and do not hesitate to ask for discounts. Many travel agencies, Washington State ferries, attractions, and some concert halls and theaters offer senior discounts. AARP members receive discounts on hotels, airfare, and car rentals. It adds up and you’ve earned it.

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