13 Adventures for Thrill-Seeking Senior Travelers
For many, 70 is the new 50, and boomers who have been pushing the envelope -- and themselves -- since they were kids are not willing to stop just because they're older. For these hardy souls, many adventures await. Some require physical stamina; some require courage; and some just a sense of wonder. Here are 13 thrills throughout North America that range in price from about $25 a day to once-in-a-lifetime splurges.
The 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia to Maine. Very fit hikers may be able to conquer it in a season, but others can opt for shorter treks. Although there's no fee or permit required, a few state and national parks and forests along the way charge for permits or campsites and the average cost of "thru-hiking" the trail is estimated at about $2 a mile, plus gear. The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association has a directory of hikers who can offer advice, and it sells an invaluable guide (free to members).
Paddlers can find delightful treks along waterways throughout the country, and parks in just about every state offer someplace to dip an oar for a day or days on end. Canoe rental costs vary by park, and many parks have camping areas, cabins, or lodges also at reasonable prices. For those who are more ambitious, Row Adventures provides an opportunity to travel the Missouri River in long canoes the way Lewis and Clark did. Five-day trips include meals and tent accommodations for $1,400.
History buffs up for a working vacation can join an excursion organized by the not-for-profit Road Scholar to help restore and preserve historic sites like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. In addition to the restoration projects, participants enjoy lectures, performances, and field trips. The cost for a six-day trip, which includes accommodations and meals, starts at $645.
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