When it comes to the best National Park travel for boomers, there’s no lack of active experiences. Nature watching, photography, hiking, cycling, kayaking, winter activities—the recreational opportunities and adventures are endless.
Alan and I hope that these National Park vacation ideas will inspire your next boomer trip.
National Park travel that boomers should try
Exploring a U.S. national park is one of our favorite boomer travel adventures. Did you know that a national park trip is good for your health?
We agree, as long as you stay active by hiking our favorite national park trails. And a national park vacation goes a long way to relieve stress if you’re visiting uncrowded, off-the-beaten-path national parks.
The National Park trips featured on this page are based upon our first-hand travel experiences—boomer travelers who’ve been there—or those of hand-picked guest writers. We find that reading an account from someone who’s been there and done that is the glimpse we need when planning a National Park vacation. You will, too!
Boomer Travel Tip
Don’t miss our tips for planning a national park trip. You’ll find them in the National Park Travel Planner.
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The Best National Park Adventures
Scroll through our catalog of first-person national park adventures (we’ve included national monuments, too). You’ll discover one that’s just right for your next boomer trip.
Exploring Glacier National Park
Updated 06.12.2020: Exploring Glacier National Park is on many baby boomer bucket lists. I can’t blame them. It’s a spectacular Montana destination and national park. This article may contain referral links. Read our Disclosure. Alan and I are lucky to have many opportunities for exploring Glacier National Park. All we have to do is hop […]
The Best Parks in Utah for Baby Boomers
Updated 07.12.2020: What are the best parks in Utah for boomer travelers? All of them! Seriously, depending on interest and ability level, there’s a Utah national park experience for every active boomer. Some of the links on this page are referral links. Read our Disclosure. The best parks in Utah With 5 national parks and […]
A Spring Visit to Crater Lake National Park for Boomer Travelers
Updated 04.18.2020: When Alan and I were planning a last-minute Crater Lake trip for late May, we should have known something was up. Three nights at Crater Lake Lodge in southern Oregon‘s Cascade mountains? Score! Have you tried to get last-minute reservations at a national park lodge? It’s almost unheard of. How to visit Crater […]
Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip from Key West, Florida
Are you a boomer traveler who enjoys a national park adventure? What about a remote trip that includes sailing to an off-the-beaten-path island in Florida? If so, you’re in luck. Guest contributor, Erika Nelson, is here to share her tips for a Dry Tortugas day trip. It’s the perfect addition to a Florida Keys road […]
Hiking in Yosemite: 8 Great Trails for Baby Boomers to Try
Updated 04.01.2019: Hiking through a scenic national park like Yosemite is a fantastic way to experience nature’s exquisite beauty. And, if you’ve been reading My Itchy Travel Feet for very long, you know our motto: Put your feet on the ground to truly experience a place. Between majestic mountains, clear lakes, dramatic waterfalls, and incredible views […]
Sifting Through History at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Updated 04.16.2020: If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path travel experience in Oregon, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument more than qualifies. Road tripping in the remote, rural countryside of eastern Oregon’s John Day River Basin is a visual treat. Fossils, hidden in the region’s rock layers, are the true star of this trip. And you’ll […]
Two Off the Beaten Path Treasures for New Mexican Travel
When it comes to New Mexican travel, you won’t find a more vibrant state in the US. From colorful Santa Fe to off-the-beaten-path El Morro active boomers will find plenty of adventure. Our previous trips to the Land of Enchantment have been nothing short of spectacular, especially our New Mexico Backroads Adventure. Today’s guest writer, […]
Six Amazing Hikes in Shenandoah National Park That Boomers Can Do
By now our love of National Parks is pretty obvious, as is our love of hiking. Whenever possible, we like mixing the two, enjoying great scenic views while doing a little bit (or a lot!) of exercise. Although we have had the pleasure of hiking around the world, today’s guest contributor, Suzan L. Jackson from Book by […]
Visiting Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley in the Winter
For years, I’ve wanted to visit Lamar Valley in the winter, especially to see wolves. Located in the remote northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, the Lamar Valley is America’s version of the Serengeti. Or so I’ve read. And Montana Highway 212, the only road that’s open to vehicular traffic during Yellowstone’s winter season, just […]
Spouting Off in Yellowstone
Updated: 04.01.2017 Are you planning a national park adventure in Yellowstone this summer? Don’t forget to visit the geysers. Did you know that Old Faithful, the world’s most famous geyser, is just one of 10,000 thermal features in the Wyoming park? When Alan and I made a fall trip to see the geysers of Yellowstone, we […]
Explore Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area on a Wyoming Travel Adventure
Updated 6.13.2020: Would you like to explore Bighorn Canyon? Summer is prime time for National Park travel, but getting away from the tourist pack isn’t always easy. But an off-the-beaten-path trip to Bighorn Canyon is every bit as breathtakingly beautiful as the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone. Guest contributor, Teresa Otto from The Nomad’s Daughter, is […]
A Visit to Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp for the Boomer Traveler
Updated 02.08.2020: Visiting Okefenokee Swamp is for you, if you’re a fan of canoeing with alligators, birdwatching or cycling next to a lush, riparian landscape. We recommend Folkston as your headquarters. Out of all of the swamps in the world, Okefenokee Swamp certainly wins for the catchiest name. Known as one of the seven natural […]
Exploring Canyon de Chelly on a four-wheel-drive adventure
Exploring Canyon de Chelly Updated: 04.03.2018 What would you rather do? Peer down into a canyon from the rim drive or venture inside? If you chose being in the canyon, then we recommend exploring Canyon de Chelly by four-wheel-drive. For an introduction to off-roading, Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinlé, Arizona, offers baby boomers […]
Exploring Death Valley
Updated 03.01.2017 Although off-the-beaten-path travel usually leads to amazing experiences, the thought of spending time in a place called Death Valley could scare off even the stealthiest of traveler. Thankfully, today’s guest contibutor, Vanessa Chiasson, is showing us that the hottest and driest national park in the US isn’t as inhospitable as its name would […]
Take a Scenic Drive on the Grand Canyon’s North Rim
Updated 01.03.2020: If you’re a long time reader of My Itchy Travel Feet, then it’s no secret that the North Rim is my favorite destination at Grand Canyon National Park (Alan’s too). We appreciate the isolation, as well as fewer folks crowding the overlooks. One of the easiest—and most scenic—ways to explore this side of the […]
North Rim: The Grand Canyon’s other side
Updated 06.13.2020: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is my favorite. It’s less crowded. Plus a ponderosa pine forest leads right up to the edge, which gives this side of the canyon a totally different feel. Alan and I discovered the North Rim on a fall national park road trip that took us from […]
A fall visit to Grand Teton National Park
Updated 09.01.2017 Hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, floating down the Snake River—boomers will find plenty of active travel ideas at Grand Teton National Park in Moose, Wyoming. And don’t get me started on the photographic opportunities that wait around every turn as you travel along Teton Park Road or Jenny Lake Scenic Drive. Since the park is […]
Traveling Off the Beaten Path in the Chiricahuas
Updated 03.01.2014 We’re often asked about our favorite off-the-beaten-path travel experiences. In Arizona, that would have to be Chiricahua National Monument. Whether camping or RVing in Bonita Canyon campground or staying at nearby Sunglow Ranch, active travelers will get their fill of hikes, 4-wheel driving, exploring history or photographing the scenery in a less-crowded southeastern […]
History’s Written in Stone at El Morro
Updated: 04.03.2018 Here’s an off-the-beaten-path adventure that will intrigue you. El Morro National Monument is located in the northwestern corner of New Mexico on SR 53. For centuries, travelers and explorers have stopped to rest and replenish themselves at an oasis of water wedged into the base of this sandstone outcropping that overlooks the high […]
Exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on a Trip to Michigan
Updated 04.24.2020: As you already know, we jump at any chance to explore our National Park System. But … as beautiful as they are, we also love to find scenic places that don’t necessarily attract hundreds of thousands of people. Guest writer Jim Tobalski, from Wandering Rose Travels, is here to tell us about a […]
Sunrise on Maui’s Haleakala National Park
Updated 11.04.2019: Hawaii is one of the many US states that has been blessed with more than its fair share of natural beauty. From an expansive coastline to colorful flora and breath-taking landscape, it’s no wonder that this tropical paradise is a popular destination for travelers. For those nature-loving travelers who like to get off […]
Adventure Awaits in Alaska’s Denali Park
For anyone looking for an active travel destination, there’s simply no better place to experience active travel in Alaska. From expansive views of breathtaking landscape to local wildlife, the Last Frontier is really something unique. Today’s guest poster, photographer Dennis Calhoun, visually brings us one step into Alaska’s incredible Denali Park with his incredible photographs. […]
Visiting the North Rim at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Updated: 04.03.2018 Are you a baby boomer who likes off-the-beaten-path adventure? Does a rugged, less-crowded National Park experience sound appealing? We recommend visiting the North Rim Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park? Here’s why: When Alan and I traveled to the North Rim Black Canyon of the Gunnison (official website) near Crawford, Colorado, we […]
Hiking Adventure in Big Bend National Park
Updated 04.01.2018 If you’re looking for another National Park adventure, look no further than Big Bend National Park. This beautiful area on the Texas-Mexico border is a prime destination for hikers, bird watchers, photographers and nature lovers. Sounds like boomer adventure land to us! Deborah Lonergan explains why we should experience a Big Bend National Park […]
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