The Hottest Travel Destinations for Seniors

Unencumbered by work and kids, many retirees are upping their travel game.

An analysis by Priceline found that boomers book the longest average length of stay on their vacations, relative to other age groups, and spend significantly more on flights and hotels than younger travelers.

“Baby boomers are active travelers,” says Kevin O’Leary, senior analyst at Priceline, via email.

So where are seniors headed? To find out, MONEY teamed up with Priceline to get information on travelers aged 60 and over; the company analyzed millions of bookings across all age groups, spanning thousands of destinations, hotels and flight routes from 2017 to 2018.

The resulting list, below, identifies the most common travel destinations for adults 60 and older. We’ve also plugged in pricing info from MONEY’s Best in Travel database, and found a couple of activities at each location to fill your time.

Read on for the 10 hottest vacation spots for retirees:


View of Chicago from the Chicago River
View of Chicago from the Chicago River. Jill Serrano—Getty Images

1. Chicago
Average hotel night: $174
Average 2017 airfare: $249
Cost for a 5-day trip (for two): $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. The 90-minute ride costs $47 during the day, and $52 to see the buildings light up at twilight (with a 7:30 p.m. departure).

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. On the upscale side, book a reservation at Acadia for an eight-course tasting menu. For family style cuisine, try Mexican bites like tacos and mole at Mi Tocaya.

At Navy Pier, the 200-foot Centennial Wheel on Chicago’s skyline offers views of Lake Michigan. If you’d rather stay at ground level, walk along the 18-mile Chicago Lakefront Trail, which passes Lincoln Park Zoo, Grant Park, and the South Shore Cultural Center.