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Life After 50
Engaging the 50 plus age group including boomers, seniors and elderly seniors.

THE 2012 "LIFE AFTER 50" TRAVEL PLANNER

Jan 16, 2012, 8:36 p.m.

Compiled by Ed Boitano

ALASKA HERITAGE TOURS customizes your Alaska getaway with magnificent day cruises and relaxing lodge experiences with all the comforts of home. Cruise through Kenai Fjords National Park, home to whales, puffins and sea lions. Try geocaching at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, with panoramic views of Mt. McKinley. Enjoy picturesque views of a glacier river valley from Seward Windsong Lodge, on the edge of Kenai Fjords National Park. Go salmon fishing at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge. Take advantage of non-stop flights and low airfares available from Long Beach and LAX to Anchorage through Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue. (877) 258-6877 or www.AlaskaHeritageTours.com/life

ALASKA RAILROAD covers 500 miles of Alaska's most stunning scenery. The fabulous rail experience includes premium GoldStar Service to Seward and Denali, comfortable seating in Adventure Class, and knowledgeable tour guides. The railroad has transported passengers through Alaska for close to a century. Open year-round, the Alaska Railroad's adventure packages and day trips include the finest accommodations and sightseeing tours along the railbelt. (800) 544-0552 or www.AlaskaRailroad.com

ALASKA TOUR & TRAVEL is the largest custom vacation packaging company in Alaska. Since 1995 we have helped more than 100,000 visitors plan their Alaska vacations - each trip customized to meet their individual needs. Alaska Tour and Travel represents top Alaska tourism suppliers offering lodging choices and popular day trip operators. We also offer fully escorted vacation packages for those who want to travel though Alaska with an experienced local guide. (800) 208-0200 or www.AlaskaTravel.com

ALASKA WILDLAND ADVENTURES Small group eco-adventures in Alaska's protected wild lands since 1977. Paddle a sea kayak under the midnight sun. Watch for calving glaciers. Join a guided walk to explore glacial moraine or group canoe paddle in search of local wildlife. Raft a turquoise river. Seek out bears, moose, otters and more. Spend evenings enjoying the subtle luxuries of delicious meals, private cabins and authentic Alaskan ambiance: (800) 334-8730 or www.akwildland.com/slmwb

THE BEACHCOMBER MOTEL ON THE BEACH is nestled on the dramatic Mendocino Coast with direct access to the beach and the ten-mile Coastal Trail. With the Pacific Ocean at its frontyard, guests enjoy spectacular views from every suite and room with rates that fit every budget and occasion. Amenities include spas, fireplaces, kitchens, Wi-Fi, observation deck and complimentary continental breakfast. The Redwoods, world-famous Glass Beach and Pacific Star Winery are just a short drive away. (800) 400-SURF (7873) or www.TheBeachcomberMotel.com

BIG BEAR COZY CABINS We boast the lowest vacation rental prices in Big Bear Lake, CA. Come take advantage this season of our great deals. Experience customer service that will always leave you satisfied. Just let us know exactly what you have in mind for your perfect vacation and we will cater to your every request. Our cabins have fully-equipped kitchens so you can enjoy cozy, private meals. Most homes are located near the slopes, Big Bear Lake and golf course and all of Big Bear’s attractions. (909) 866-9685 or www.BigBearCozyCabins.net

BIG SUR LODGE is located in ancient groves of redwood and oak trees in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur. Guests are invited to step back in time to an earlier, more peaceful era. Our 61 cottage-style guest rooms, each with its own deck or porch, are located on a hillside, within walking distance of our restaurant, gift shop, and grocery store. (800) 424-4787 or www.BigSurLodge.com

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