March 26, 2024

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The 8 Best Travel Destinations for Gen X

As members of Gen X, born roughly between the mid-1960s and early 1980s, many of us are reaching a stage where our children are in their upper teens or have grown up and left the nest. With newfound freedom and perhaps a little more disposable income, it’s the perfect time to explore the vast and diverse landscapes of the United States. From vibrant cities to breathtaking natural wonders, there’s an array of destinations that cater to the tastes and preferences of Generation X travelers. In this guide, we’ll unveil the top 8 travel destinations in the United States for Gen X, providing a blend of adventure, culture, relaxation, and culinary delights.

1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Nestled amid the majestic peaks of the Teton Range, Jackson Hole offers Gen X travelers a serene retreat amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Explore the charming town of Jackson, with its wooden boardwalks and cowboy chic vibe, embark on a wildlife safari in nearby Grand Teton National Park, and hit the slopes at the renowned Jackson Hole Mountain Resort for world-class skiing and snowboarding. Jackson Hole boasts two major ski areas and a third – Grand Targhee – is just a short drive away. For eight years running, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort was named the top ski resort in the country by Forbes magazine. Snow King looms over the town of Jackson and holds the title of the first ski area in Wyoming.

In summer, find your mountain legs with a hearty hike or take a scenic gondola ride to the summit of Snow King and the Aerial Tram – nicknamed “Big Red” – to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Grand Targhee is a mountain biking lover’s paradise. Summer in all areas offers a myriad of fun, family-friendly activities.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

For Gen X travelers seeking a unique blend of history, culture, and culinary delights, New Orleans is the perfect destination. Known for its vibrant music scene, historic architecture, and lively festivals, the Big Easy offers an unforgettable experience for visitors. Explore the iconic French Quarter, sample mouthwatering Creole and Cajun cuisine, or immerse yourself in the rhythms of jazz on Bourbon Street. Don’t miss the chance to take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Mississippi River or embark on a guided tour onboard the Steamboat Natchez. If you want to escape the heat, you can always pop into the Audubon Aquarium in the French Quarter. And finally, no trip to New Orleans is complete without beignets from Cafe Du Monde!

3. Savannah, Georgia

Known for its moss-draped oaks, historic squares, and Southern charm, Savannah offers Gen X travelers a glimpse into the Old South. Take a stroll through the city’s picturesque streets, admire the architecture of Forsyth Park and Bonaventure Cemetery, and embark on a guided ghost tour to uncover the city’s haunted history. Savannah is America’s most haunted city, but you probably wouldn’t guess that one of the city’s best beer hangouts is its most haunted site. Before it was the bustling brewery that it is today, Moon River Brewing Company was the City Hotel, which was built on Bay Street in 1821. Savannah is full of little-known quirks that bring an extra layer of excitement to any family vacation.

4. Charleston, South Carolina

With its antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, and southern charm, Charleston exudes a timeless elegance that captivates visitors from near and far. Take a leisurely stroll along the Battery promenade, explore the historic plantations of the Lowcountry, or embark on a culinary tour of the city’s renowned restaurants. Discover the rich history of Charleston at the Charleston Museum or hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a guided tour of the city’s historic district. And be sure to sample the region’s famous seafood dishes, from freshly caught shrimp to creamy she-crab soup. The Alley is a great place to experience classic bowling and arcades if you have older kids and teens. Charleston Zipline Adventures offers ropes courses and ziplines for all ages and skill levels. You can enroll your kids in surf school or take a family stand-up paddle board safari. Charleston is a great destination for Gen Xers, especially those of us with older kids.

5. Maui, Hawaii

For Generation X travelers in search of tropical paradise, Maui offers an idyllic escape surrounded by lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and pristine beaches. Whether you’re snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Molokini Crater, hiking through the bamboo forests of Haleakalā National Park, or simply lounging on the golden sands of Wailea Beach, Maui is sure to enchant you with its natural beauty. Indulge in a traditional Hawaiian luau, learn to surf on the legendary waves of Honolua Bay, or embark on a scenic drive along the iconic Road to Hana for breathtaking views of the island’s rugged coastline. If you have older kids or teens, whale watching in Ma’alaea Harbor or eScooter tours at Turtle Town are sure to be a hit.

7. Yosemite National Park, California:

A mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, Yosemite National Park boasts towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and pristine wilderness that beckon Gen Xers seeking adventure in the great outdoors. Hike to iconic landmarks like Half Dome and El Capitan, marvel at the beauty of Yosemite Valley, and camp beneath the stars in one of the park’s scenic campgrounds. Teens will enjoy a great hike along the Panorama Trail to the Mist Trail which winds from Glacier Point back down to the Valley. This 8.5-mile hike will be rigorous but provide plenty of beautiful scenery plus memories that will last a lifetime. Take the opportunity to detach from screens and phones and let the incredible beauty of this infamous national park capture your attention and fill you with awe.

8. Austin, Texas:

With its eclectic mix of live music venues, food trucks, and outdoor recreational opportunities, Austin embodies the spirit of Gen X wanderlust. Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of South Congress and East Austin, sample authentic Texas barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine, and catch a live performance at iconic venues like the Continental Club and Antone’s. Older kids and teens will enjoy a sunset kayak trip to watch the infamous bats emerge from under the bat bridge. You should also check out the Museum of Ice Cream and Austin’s Museum of the Weird.

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Pack Your Bags

The United States offers a diverse array of travel destinations that cater to the interests and preferences of Generation X travelers. Whether you’re seeking the excitement of a vibrant city, the serenity of a natural wonder, or the charm of a historic town, there’s something for everyone to discover and explore. So pack your bags, hit the road, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the land of opportunity.

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