8 Great Empty Nest Destinations. Photo credit: GypsyNester

What makes for an exceptional empty nest getaway?

We think a combination of interesting –maybe even bucket list worthy– attractions with an ease of getting around. It is so nice not to spend too much time in taxis, or worse yet, driving around searching for a parking spot.

Here are eight less-crowded, easy to walk around destinations that we have loved discovering:

St. Augustine, Florida. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine holds the title of oldest city in The United States. The historic old town has been closed to vehicle traffic, so it is a pleasant stroll along cobblestoned streets to the old Spanish Fort on the water. Ponce de León may not have found The Fountain of Youth there, but that shouldn’t keep us from continuing the search.

Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Spanish explorers established Santa Fe in 1607, making it America’s second oldest city. Filled with iconic adobe architecture, the Plaza is the center of activity, surrounded by phenomenal galleries, restaurants, and churches. One of which, the San Miguel Mission circa 1610, is the oldest standing church in the U.S.

Salzburg, Austria.
Plenty of parking nearby makes for an easy walk through the old town, Salzburg is heralded as one of the best-preserved city centers in Europe. Once inside the walls the baroque architecture and ornate signs are mesmerizing, and The Sound of Music is all around… in more ways than one. Be sure to ride the cable car up to Hohensalzburg Castle for the best possible view overlooking
Mozart’s hometown.

National Parks.  Maybe it’s time to revisit some of our national treasures without the kids in tow. And we aren’t talking about sleeping on the ground in a pup tent this time. A number of bucket list parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and The Grand Canyon have incredible historic hotels set right in the heart of their breathtaking scenery. Here’s a hint, go after school has reopened in the fall, they’re far less crowded and the weather can be gorgeous.

Puerto Peñasco,
Mexico
.  An hour south of the border and a million mental miles away.  No wonder this quaint fishing village has become so popular with snow birds. Relax on the shores of the Sea of Cortez for a fraction of the cost of most Mexican resorts.

Savannah, Georgia.
Georgia’s original capital has a wonderfully restored historic waterfront and numerous colonial mansions in the Savannah Historic District. The city was built around a series of tree lined squares, including Chippewa Square where Forrest Gump famously waited for a bus. If a hankering for some of that Gump shrimp hits, make sure to get it with grits, a Lowcountry classic.

8 Great Empty Nest Destinations. Photo credit: GypsyNester

Prague, Czech
Republic
. This former capital of the Holy Roman Empire is one of the world’s great cities, yet the old center is small enough to easily navigate on foot. Rounding every corner is like stepping into a new page of a classic story book. We almost expected a damsel in distress or a knight in shining armor at every turn. To ensure a return visit (and you’ll want one), rub the statue of
St. John on the Charles Bridge.

Newfoundland.  We thought we might just spend a few days in Newfoundland. Good thing we asked around before we went, because everyone who had been there said it takes at least two weeks to even scratch the surface. Luckily we are empty nesters and had the time truly explore the natural beauty and fantastic people of the island. Don’t forget to ask a local about getting
“Screeched In” to become an honorary Newfoundlander.

For more great travel ideas, visit;GypsyNester.com. And when you’re ready to book your flight, find cheap tickets on CheapOair!

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