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Volume XXIX
Winter 2017

Leisure

A Love for America's National Parks
Spans Across Generations

Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim in Arizona.
Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim in Arizona. Photo: Staplegunther

Travel is the #1 aspiration of individuals 50plus, and America's national parks are a popular destination with 75 percent of Baby Boomers having visited one in their lifetime. According to a recent AARP Travel survey, responses showed that along with boomers, GenerationXers and Millennials also share a love for parks despite the generations' differing reasons for visiting these national treasures.

"AARP Travel celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by keeping travelers intheknow on new ways to explore America's timeless parks," said Stephanie Miles, Vice President, Products and Platforms. A Love for National Parks Spans Generations: According to the survey, 70 percent of adults in the U.S. have visited a national park before, and nearly all have recommended those trips to others. Ninein10 boomers say national parks are ideal vacations for those over age 50, and about 1in4 GenXers and boomers have recently taken a trip to a park to create lasting memories with children and/or grandchildren.

Most Popular Parks: The majestic Grand Canyon as well as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument in the nation's capital are at the top of the list for most popular parks. Others popular parks include Yellowstone, the Statue of Liberty and the Vietnam Memorial.

Ditching the Airport Lines: A major perk in heading to a national park for vacation is avoiding lengthy airport lines and the other tedious tasks that come with flying. Eightytwo percent of travelers instead pack up their cars for the average 23 day road trip to parks, and 19 percent of travelers would prefer a longer trip next time they go.

Most Popular Park Activities: Sightseeing and hiking are the most popular park activities across generations. Other popular activities include scenic drives, visiting museums, enjoying picnics, and observing wildlife.

For more insight on the survey, visit: www.aarp.org/parksresearch.