Retirement is the perfect time to enjoy travel, but where to go? New research shows the best places to travel for older Americans.
The Retirement Travel Index, created by AgingInPlace, compiled the list using multiple data points to reveal the optimal places for older travelers to visit. Countries have been ranked according to their public transport links, tourist opportunities, weather and hotels.
The United States took first place. One of the main reasons the country scored a 9.14 out of 10 was because of its transportation systems and the Americans With Disabilities Act, which ensures that so many facilities in the country are wheelchair accessible. . In fact, nearly half of hotels in the United States (46.85%) are marked as wheelchair accessible on TripAdvisor.
Australia ranks second in the Retirement Travel Index. With a score of 9.04, Australia has the highest percentage of wheelchair accessible hotels of any country on the list, and an intricate network of public transport offerings.
In third place, Canada is a paradise for elderly travellers. The country scored 8.49 out of 10 for all criteria.
The list also revealed some of the worst places for seniors to visit, with Iceland, Luxembourg and Slovenia rounding out the bottom of the list of OECD countries.
The biggest problem for seniors traveling to these destinations is that there are far fewer hotels accessible to people with disabilities. Weather and transport also hampered Iceland, which recorded the highest rainfall as well as poor transport infrastructure. Luxembourg was criticized for its lack of accessible hotels and fewer options for sightseeing, which was also the case for Slovenia.
Top 10 countries for older travelers
Top US Destinations for Senior Travelers
The research also highlighted the best places to visit in the United States for older travelers. Las Vegas tops the list with a score of 7.95 out of 10. Las Vegas is home to more art galleries, nature and wildlife areas, and attractions than most of the other cities on our list, according to AgingInPlace. . San Francisco was second on the list with a score of 7.73. Chicago placed third.
Here are the top 10 cities: