If you are a senior planning a Route 66 road trip vacation, you’re in luck. All along Route 66 are great opportunities for securing discounts on food, lodging and attractions. While the discounts aren’t huge, they can add up to $100-$200 worth of savings by the end of the trip. Here are a few places we discovered on our Route 66 road trip that offered senior discounts.
National Park Service
Route 66 will take you through several National Parks, Monuments and Battlefields. For $10, you can buy a Senior “America the Beautiful” pass that will give you free admission to these sites. You can pick up the pass at your first stop or order one directly through the USGS website at Store.usgs.gov.
Almost every educational museum we visited along the trip (including Route 66 museums) offered a senior discount ranging anywhere from $1 off to $4. These discounts are usually limited to seniors 65 and older. Be prepared to show ID if you are a young looking senior.
Even though I’m not quite a senior, I prefer eating smaller “senior” or “children’s meals” which were easy to find at many of the restaurants we found along Route 66. These senior meal options are smaller in size and lower in price than the standard meals. They don’t always show up on the menu which is why you should ask your server if the option is available.
Most of the roadside attractions along Route 66 are free which is a real budget stretcher for seniors and families alike. For the ones that aren’t, ask for a senior discount. We discovered that places like Fantastic Caverns in Missouri, Tinkertown outside of Alburqueque, and the Meteor Crater in Arizona all offered senior discounts. The ones that don’t may have discount coupons which can be found through their website or through the state travel bureau.
Flash your AARP card
For boomers between the ages of 50-64, an AARP membership may entitle you to a discount at places that don’t view you as a senior. AARP discounts can be used for everything from car rentals to discounts on lodging. When we booked our lodging during our Route 66 vacation, I got in the habit of comparing the discount options (through AARP, AAA, or DIY booking at Expedia) to secure the best deals.
A road trip of any type can be expensive. Asking for a senior discount at attractions, museums, and more is an easy way to save money on your Route 66 vacation.
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