After working a lifetime, you deserve to be able to kick back and relax in some places that you may not have been able to in the past. Do something unusual, and see some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. With these senior citizen travel discounts from two of the Federal Government Departments, the National Park Service and Amtrak, you can see the country and save money at the same time.
America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Annual Pass
If you have never visited the National Parks, you have missed out on some great experiences. And now that you are a senior citizen, there is no excuse not to go. You have the time and thanks to the National Parks Service, a big discount. So take the family, or some friends and get some exploring done.
For the general public, the pass is $80 and lasts for a year. For senior citizens, 62 or over, the pass costs $10.and lasts a life time. The senior pass has the same discounts as the regular one the only difference being that you must apply for the senior pass in person at the park. The regular pass can be ordered on line or by phone. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free)The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction.
Amtrak has two discounts for senior citizens. Amtrak travelers 62 years of age and over receive a 15% discount most Amtrak trains. You cannot get a discount on Sleeper accommodations, The Auto Train, Weekday Acela Express service or Weekday Metroliner service.
And for the senior citizen who wants a really special vacation, a once in a life time opportunity to see the United States and Canada check this one out. The North America Rail Pass. There is a 10% discount for senior citizens aged 60 and over. What you get is a pass that is good for 30 days. Imagine putting together a 30-day vacation itinerary from more than 900 destinations in the US and Canada. One of the stipulations is that there be at least one journey between the United States and Canada. Cost is Peak: May 25, 2007 – October 15, 2007 $999.00 – US ($899.10 with senior, student and child discount) Off-Peak: October 16, 2006 – May 24, 2007 and October 16, 2007 – May 22, 2008$709.00 – US ($638.10 with senior, student and child discount), So celebrate being a senior citizen, take a look at your choices and contact them if you have any questions. This is a great way to have a vacation that on one else can duplicate