July 26, 2018

TAKE A NOSTALGIC BACKROADS TRIP: ROUTE 66 IN KANSAS

Take a nostalgic backroads trip on Route 66 in Kansas!  U.S. Route 66 is also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America and the Mother Road  (so dubbed by John Steinbeck in his 1939 book, “The Grapes of Wrath”) and is a visual and historic treat! Route 66 is one of the original highways of the U. S. Highway System and was established on November 11, 1926. Route 66 is the most famous highway in the United States and originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California. The original Route 66 covered a total of 2,448 miles!   BRIEF…

July 23, 2018

VISUAL MAGIC IN ARIZONA’S SLOT CANYONS

Slot Canyon

See visual magic in Arizona’s Slot Canyons! When Navajo guides throw dirt into the sun’s rays, an ethereal stream of fireworks erupts! We had seen photos of the famous Antelope Canyon, but knew nothing else about the Slot Canyons in Arizona. Slot Canyons are enchanting, unforgettable natural wonders! Our slot canyon experiences are among our very favorites in America.   Slot Canyons are narrow canyons, formed by water rushing through rock. Slot canyons are deeper than they are wide. These canyons are mostly found within the Colorado Plateau of northern Arizona and southern Utah. Slot Canyons near Page, Arizona Most Slot Canyons are remote, hidden and difficult to reach and…

July 19, 2018

8 TIPS FOR CHOOSING LODGING AS A SENIOR

We have additional lodging considerations as seniors. Here are our 8 Tips for Choosing Lodging as a Senior. Tip 1: Research before you leave home. Trip Advisor and Expedia  are our go-to resources for lodging research.  We are not fancy people. However, Stu is definitely not into camping. Hostels and low budget hotels are out. We feel that since we are retired, there is a purpose for the money we saved and one use is to be comfortable! Stu is a member of AAA and often asks his local office for lodging recommendations. Keep in mind, however, that AAA gets a kick-back from hotels and may not tell you about a fantastic place…

July 16, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: FORT OSAGE, MISSOURI NATIONAL LANDMARK

What is better on a beautiful summer’s day than to take a backroads trip to Fort Osage, Missouri National Landmark? This fort is a surprise. There are decades of  U.S. history represented here. Let’s face it. We grew up watching “cowboys and Indians” on television. Although a lot of those shows bent the truth, I’d like to think they instilled a love of history-especially history of the frontier-in our generation. As you explore America’s midwest, there are many forts to visit, but none has so many layers of American history.  Fort Osage is also an inexpensive educational stop to make if you are traveling with grandchildren, school children or by yourself! Don’t miss it! Reasons to…

July 12, 2018

ESSENTIAL ROAD TRIP HACKS FOR SENIORS

Using Essential Road Trip Hacks for Seniors will make your next road trip an easy backroads vacation. There is never enough room in a car on a roadtrip.  Never! And if you are like The Traveling Seniors, road trips can be lengthy, covering more than one season or climate. That means clothes, jackets, gear and guides can be hard to keep organized.  Road Trip Hacks for Seniors Stay Connected Stu uses multi-USB ports in the front and backseats of the car. Every time we get into the car, we plug in our phones in the front seat ports. We also charge camera batteries while we drive using the same ports. In the…

July 5, 2018

VISIT OLD LUXURY: HISTORIC HACIENDA DEL SOL GUEST RANCH RESORT

Hacienda del Sol

Visit the  historic Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort and find old world charm and casual luxury for travelers of any age.  We were invited to meet one of the Hacienda’s owners over dinner while we visited Tucson, Arizona.  The Resort overlooks Tucson from the Catalina Foothills. It is included in the National Registry of Historic Places In Arizona and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.  The Tucson area is home to a number of world-famous spas and ranches where Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities find rejuvenation.  Even in our wildest dreams, Stu and I never expected to be hosted by one of the Hacienda’s owners and treated to an incredible…

June 27, 2018

MEET STU & BARB, THE TRAVELING SENIORS

Stu & Barb

Hi and Welcome! Explore America with us on backroads.  We’re Stu and Barb, The Traveling Seniors. Thank you for checking us out!  We graduated high school together 50 years ago (that can’t be true)! We lost touch for 30 years but suddenly we’re exploring America together! And, yes, senior travel is thrilling!  We photograph, giggle and blog our way down backroads exploring America. Think local food, colorful people and surprises everywhere.  Long live mom & pop establishments and backroads! Follow The Traveling Seniors and find inspiration to travel, learn travel tips, find resources,  see the most up-to-date senior travel discounts, and share our backroads trips! The Traveling Seniors are also on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Please pin our…

June 25, 2018

TAKE A BACKROADS TRIP: GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER BIRTHPLACE

  Take an educational backroads trip! We didn’t know when we drove southern Missouri backroads, we would find the birthplace of George Washington Carver. I always root for underdogs. In my mind, they reinforce my own prospects in life. Those who leave the world a legacy are inspirational to me. The George Washington Carver birthplace is a place that traces the gifts, inspiration and obstacles faced by one of the most famous of America’s underdogs. The Ranger’s stories about Carver’s life left me in awe of the man. Carver National Monument The Park Service established the George Washington Carver National Monument in 1943. The monument is unique! You can see the foundation…

June 20, 2018

LEARN WHILE IN BACKROADS AMERICA: FIND NAVAJO HARMONY

Learn While in Backroads America and Find Navajo Harmony Some places just resonate with us as senior travelers. Exploring backroads America, most of our experiences have taken us far beyond sightseeing.  Growing up on the plains, I was exposed to Pow Wows, Native lore and art. My grandmother could remember living in a sod house in central Kansas! Native American culture, but more to the point, Native American dignity and sense of oneness with the earth has mesmerized me for decades. We learned about Navajo harmony on one of our favorite trips.  We love photographing and exploring the Slot Canyons on Navajo Nation lands in Page, Arizona. It is one of our very favorite…

June 18, 2018

BUILD FUN INTO SENIOR TRAVEL: THRILLS ON A SENIOR SPEEDWAY

What is senior travel without some thrills? Stu created a senior speedway in the Saguaro West National Park and took us on a wild ride! The Park is a lot hillier than it looks, folks! NEVER let oldie men take over the wheel on a fun drive! You will laugh til you hurt! Who says senior travel is sedate!