Plus, what you’ll spend on a five-day, two-person getaway.
UNENCUMBERED BY WORK AND KIDS, retirees are upping their travel game: An analysis by Priceline found that boomers book the longest average stay on their vacations, relative to other age groups, and spend much more. To find out where seniors are headed, MONEY asked Priceline for air and hotel booking information on travelers age 60 and older. The following list identifies the top spots; we added the price for a five-day trip for two and suggested a few activities.
1. CHICAGO FOR $1,979
Chicago hits a traveler trifecta: cultural attractions, world-class food, and plenty of natural beauty. Learn about the city’s iconic buildings aboard the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise ($47 during the day; $52 at twilight). The city is also home to 25 Michelin-starred restaurants, plus a plethora of no-frills diners and joints that serve authentic (and delicious) fare. Try Mexican bites like tacos and mole at Mi Tocaya.
2. ORLANDO FOR $1,509
Some seniors may well be visiting with their grandkids—but Orlando also has offerings for grownups. Eat bratwurst, drink sake, shop for Moroccan textiles, and watch Chinese acrobats at the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot park. Or use Orlando as a jumping-off point: Drive east to New Smyrna Beach for 13 miles of sand, or visit the Kennedy Space Center ($50 for seniors) to learn about U.S. space exploration history and current advances.
3. DENVER FOR $1,863
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