6 Unique Vacations Perfect For Empty-Nesters

Get ready for your most sophisticated adventure yet.

We’re guessing that over the years, your family vacations have included plenty of theme parks, petting zoos and all-inclusive resorts. And your kids probably had the time of their lives on these getaways. But now that they’ve grown up and left the nest, it’s the perfect time to embark on the kind of travel you really want to do. You know, the kind that includes a little less guy-in-mouse-costume and a little more sophisticated adventure.
That’s why we’ve partnered with the BuyPower Card from Capital One to round up the most unique vacation destinations that are perfect for empty nesters. From exploring the rich cultural heritage of a foreign city to wining and dining in a seaside village, here are six incredible trips to help you make the best of your newfound freedom from the kids.

1. Experience Buenos Aires
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Couples looking for a vibrant culture will love Buenos Aires, which blends European charm with Latin American roots. Argentina’s capital boasts stately 19th-century architecture and cobblestoned streets that are best appreciated on a walking tour. Kick back at a cafe or do as the locals do and enjoy a siesta before heading out to experience the city’s bustling nightlife. From world-class steak and wine to tango dancing, Buenos Aires is a complete sensory experience. If tango isn’t your style, check out the Teatro Colón opera house, ranked third best in the world by National Geographic.
2. Hike Southern Utah
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Empty nesters with a love of the great outdoors, who aren’t afraid of vigorous hiking should consider southern Utah for their next adventure trip. Home to Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Zion national parks, southern Utah’s surreal scenery — full of red rocks, arches, and canyons — brings to mind a distant planet. If pitching a tent isn’t really your style, then there are plenty of great lodging and resort options surrounding the parks.
3. Go (Effortlessly) Off The Grid In Panama
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The southernmost country in Central America often falls off most U.S. tourists’ radar, which makes Panama an even better destination for you to truly get away. Here’s why it’s especially convenient: Panama uses U.S. dollars as its currency and Tocumen International Airport in Panama City offers more direct flights than any Caribbean airport. Panama City has plenty of sightseeing to offer, from the Panama Canal to the historic district of Casco Viejo. And just an hour outside the city, travelers will find serenity and stunning ocean views at sleepy beach towns like Punta Chame.
4. Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage
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While the big ships that crisscross the Caribbean cater to families traveling with young children, Alaska’s cruise lines offer a calmer vibe more suited to those whose children have already flown the coop. Experience Alaska’s majestic glaciers, orca whales and untouched wilderness with a seven-day cruise along the Inside Passage. These cruises often stop at three to four port towns along their routes, where wilderness excursions by kayak and helicopter await. Just be sure to book your excursions through port town vendors rather than on the ship, as prices on land will be much cheaper.
5. Soak In Cinque Terre
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Florence, Rome and Venice make for an unforgettable vacation, but these Italian stunners can often be crowded with tourists. Empty nesters looking for an equally impressive Italian getaway should consider the stunning Cinque Terre: a string of five picturesque seaside towns nestled into the Liguria coastline. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cinque Terre features colorful houses built into steep cliffs and harbors lined with amazing eateries. And the Sentiero Azzurro hiking trail links these towns with sweeping sea vistas perfect for photo ops. Consider booking in the off-season, as the secret is starting to get out on Cinque Terre’s unforgettable scenery.
6. Stroll Through Charleston
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With its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture, a visit to Charleston, S.C., is like stepping back in time. Southern charm is on full display in the city that recently nabbed the top spot in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. And while Charleston isn’t exactly a hidden gem, it’s especially popular among empty nesters.The 55 and over demographic has been steadily growing and now makes up more than 25 percent of Charleston’s population. Empty nesters will enjoy Charleston’s world-class architecture, boutiques, restaurants, historical sites, and perhaps most of all, its friendly locals. Be sure to check out the colorful mansions along Rainbow Row and the vibrant surf scene at Sullivan’s Island or Folly Beach.

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