Off-the-beaten-path Travel

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Alan and I like nothing better than to travel to a little-known destination. It feels like we’re making a discovery that no one else knows about. Of course, your off-the-beaten-path travel ideas might be totally different from ours.

Yes, I know that using the term “off-the-beaten-path” in travel is considered trite and frowned upon by expert writers. But, according to Google, that term has a search volume of 84,200,000 (0.62 seconds), which means that many of our boomer readers are searching for off-the-beaten-path ideas so I’m going to deliver!

On this page, you'll learn about our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations

Alan and I have visited many fun, out-of-the-way places (and so have our guest writers). You’re sure to find inspiration for the next boomer travel adventure.

  • Travel off the beaten path in the USA
  • Europe off-the-beaten-path
  • Exploring out-of-the-way places in the rest of the world

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Travel off-the-beaten-path in the USA

Country roads, little-known national monuments—there are endless possibilities for traveling off-the-beaten-path in the U.S. Check out some of our favorites.

Hike the short trail to Coolidge Ghost Town in Montana

Montana Off the Beaten Path

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Birding South Texas on a Rio Grande Valley Road Trip

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Go Off-the-Beaten-Path in Ouray, Colorado

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Driving the Burr Trail on a Boomer Road Trip in Southern Utah

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Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho

Exploring Idaho’s Wilderness at Mackay Bar Outfitters & Guest Ranch

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As beautiful drives go, a Dead Horse Point State Park scenic drive is on the short side. It’s a little over a mile from the Visitor Center to Dead Horse Point Overlook where visitors look down for a gobsmacking view of a gooseneck in the Colorado River while contemplating how this Utah destination got its […]

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Europe off-the-beaten-path

Take me where the crowds don’t go. Show me the hidden lanes. Yes, you can go off-the-beaten-path in Europe.

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Two Nights Too Many in a Scottish Tiny House

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A Farm Stay in the Umbrian Countryside

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Tremiti Islands: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure in Italy

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Charming Orta San Giulio, Italy

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Orkney Island

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Exploring Fakarava French Polynesia on an independent cruise excursion

Enjoy Fakarava French Polynesia on Your Own

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