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Family time is the best time! Take a relaxing fall vacation
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Summer is over and fall is here. With it, we say goodbye to hot days by the pool and hello to breezy nights swaying on the porch swing. Though there is nothing wrong with taking in nature’s beauty from the confines of your own front lawn, many people find fall to be the perfect time to take that desperately needed vacation. Here are a few senior citizen-friendly options to help you choose which destination is most ideal for you.

For the outdoor enthusiast:

There are very few destinations that capture the natural beauty of the earth like the Grand Canyon. Located in the northwest corner of Arizona, this geological wonder is 277 miles long and about one mile deep. Because of its vast size and length, the canyon has been separated into two parts—the North and South Rim. The South Rim is the more visited side, attracting nearly 90 percent of park attendees, while the North Rim is the more remote side, attracting only about 10 percent of the park’s visitors.

Since the North Rim closes in mid-October, and does not have nearly as many attractions as its counterpart, the South Rim is probably the best bet for fall travelers. However, if you are planning on taking your trip before the middle of October and want to avoid more crowded areas, the North Rim may be a nice vacationing spot for you.

For the history buff:

When people are asked to name historic places of significance within the United States, some of the more commonly heard answers are Boston, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. However, one of our country’s most authentic historical cities is located in the town of Williamsburg, Va.

Colonial Williamsburg is a unique, historical experience that allows visitors to travel back to the time period during which our nation was first founded. While there, you can shop for handcrafted jewelry or glassware in the Merchant’s Square shopping center, or visit one of the many area museums to discover the inventiveness of 18th century ceramics and folk art. You can also take part in various programs and activities by visiting the town’s historic area, where you can discuss past events with curators and gardeners. You can even partake in the reproduction of a witch trial.

If you are a person who loves early American history, or has always wondered what it might be like to live back in the days of yore, Williamsburg, Va, is a place that will meet your greatest expectations.

For the adventurer:

Alaska—America’s last frontier and wildlife preserve. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

If this challenge peeks your interest, try visiting Denali National Park, the third largest national park in America. While there, you can hike the trails to Horseshoe Lake and even see the highest peak in North America, Mount McKinley.

Denali is also home to a vast array of wildlife. While roaming around its mountainous region, you might spot anything from a grizzly bear to caribou.

If you are a more daring type and do not mind roughing the cold, rigid terrain, Denali National Park is the place to accomplish all your fearless desires.

The preceding destinations are great places to spend some quality relaxation time during the fall months. However, there are many more fun, scenic areas that will allow you to get your vacationing fix.

So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore the wonderful United States of America. You’ll be glad you did!

For more information on the Grand Canyon; Williamsburg, Virginia; and Alaska’s national parks, please visit nps.gov and history.org.

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