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Young at Heart | Vacation Spots for Couples Over 50

By Stuart Hughes

As the saying goes, ’age is just a number,’ and while some see being over 50 as a chance to take up shuffleboard and bingo, there’s a vast number of you in the golden years of life who still yearn to discover new adventure travel destinations.  

After all, no matter your age, the desire for thrill-seeking never fades. Whether you’ve always dreamed of soaring above the Grand Canyon or white-water raft down the Payette River, you can forget about the pipe and slippers for now.  

Instead, grab your partner and pack your bags and join us as we’ve shortlisted some top action-packed adventure travel destinations for any couples over 50 who are still young at heart. 


Helicopter Tours Over the Grand Canyon in Nevada 

When it comes to bucket list vacations, it’s no surprise that the Grand Canyon ranks high on most people’s wishlists. But why settle for a stuffy bus tour with limited views when you can fly over and into this magnificent geographical wonder and even land on the canyon floor? 

Experience this awe-inspiring adventure with Maverick Helicopters as you embark on a captivating flight, with helicopter pick-ups from either the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas, Nevada. As the rush of adrenaline surges during takeoff, you’ll feel forever young at heart, embracing the exhilarating sights of the breathtakingly panoramic views and unforgettable sunset vistas on display. 

The Grand Canyon secured its spot on our list of top adventure travel destinations for numerous reasons, not just because of a thrilling flight over the ravine. Because if you’re a pair who love to push the envelope and pursue adrenaline-fueled adventure vacations, then you need to jump on board with Paragon Skydive to see the Grand Canyon as you parachute down from 16,000 feet. 

You can heighten your trip to the Grand Canyon further by enjoying a great night’s sleep each night at the Best Western McCarran Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada. 


ATV Off-Roading Adventures in Canyonlands National Park in Utah 

Continuing our quest to discover the ultimate adventure travel destinations for the young at heart, we now set our sights on the awe-inspiring Canyonlands National Park in Utah. That’s because the Canyonlands is an adventure destination ideal for couples over 50 and a hotspot for active travel escapades. 

Who wouldn’t want to swap rush hour traffic for the high-octane adventures of an ATV 4×4 tour with the staff at Moab Cowboy Country Offroad Adventures instead? Here the two of you can head out for unbelievable views of the Colorado River and the majestic La Sal Mountains before tackling the adrenaline-charged Hell’s Revenge trail on a spectacular sunset tour. 

If an ATV off-roading adventure in the Canyonlands isn’t enough to get your pulse racing, you can also head down to Chile Pepper Bike Shop in Moab to rent some mountain bikes and explore. With mountain bike trails to suit all skill levels, the Canyonlands National Park provides several high-energy tours for hours of adventure. 

After an action-packed in the Canyonlands National Park, relax in complete comfort by booking ahead at the Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn in Moab, Utah. 


Whitewater Rafting the Payette River Outside Boise, Idaho 

There is no age limit to enjoying an adventure vacation, so we’ve chosen to embark on our next adventure for the over 50s in Boise, ID. When it comes to travel bucket list experiences, few can rival white-water rafting down the magnificent Payette River. 

As a true thrill-seeking couple, you’ll love white-water rafting and the adrenaline rush you’ll receive as you conquer the Payette River rapids. With decades of experience, the incredible Cascade Raft & Kayak team will pilot you downriver for a full-day voyage of fun. However, amidst the heart-pounding excitement, don’t forget to take in the magnificent beauty of the surrounding scenery as you paddle downstream. 

Although as one of our top adventure travel destinations, white-water rafting isn’t the only water-based activity in Boise, Idaho. If you and your partner want to go kayaking, head to the Lucky Peak Reservoir and rent a kayak and some paddles from the crew at Paddleboard Idaho. Alternatively, if you seek some wintertime adventure travel, check out Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area nearby, which offers world-class skiing and snowboarding for those who enjoy their adventure activities when the water is frozen. 

Whatever activity you decide to pursue in Boise, Idaho, be sure to dry off and enjoy a well-earned sleep at The Riverside Hotel, BW Premier Collection 


Golfing Holidays in Scottsdale, Arizona 

Our final tip on our top adventure travel destinations list is Scottsdale, Arizona. Nestled in the spectacular Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is a magnet for couples who are young at heart and in pursuit of a sun-drenched active travel getaway. 

Often described as an oasis in the heart of the desert, the lush greens and perfectly manicured fairways of Scottsdale’s incredible championship golf courses always make for a picturesque round ouof golf. Golf courses such as the Troon North Golf Club and the Grayhawk Golf Club offer spectacular scenic backdrops and a great way to escape the colder weather back home. 

However, there’s more to Scottsdale than just its fantastic golfing, as the outstanding scenery offers several other thrill-seeking experiences for couples over 50. For example, you can saddle up with the team at Wild West Horse Adventures for a bucket list ride through the Sonoran Desert or take to the skies with the friendly crew from Apex Balloons for a desert sunrise or sunset tour like no other. 

Enhance your stay during your adventure vacation when you stay at the Aiden by Best Western @ Scottsdale North in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

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