Travel preferences can be as generational as music tastes and fashion styles. And let’s face it: What wooed the Baby Boomer generation often elicits little more than a raised eyebrow from their Millennial offspring. But why the generational gap in vacation destinations? Maybe it’s the appeal of retro charm versus the craving for Instagram-able moments. Maybe it’s slow travel versus fast-paced adventure. Or perhaps it’s just one of those generational mysteries we’ll never fully unravel. Regardless, let’s dive into 9 destinations that have Baby Boomers writing postcards and Millennials scratching their heads.
1. Branson, Missouri
For Boomers, Branson is a nostalgic wonderland filled with live performances, country music shows, and classic American eateries. Millennials, however, often view it as a “Las Vegas for the AARP crowd,” wondering why anyone would choose it over, say, a weekend at Coachella.
2. The Catskills, New York
Once the stomping ground for comedians like Joan Rivers and Woody Allen, the Catskills represent a retro resort experience that Boomers adore. Millennials? They’d rather head to modern adventure destinations where boutique hotels and curated experiences reign supreme.
3. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
To Boomers, Myrtle Beach is the quintessential American beach vacation with its boardwalks, golf courses, and family-friendly atmosphere. Millennials would rather hit up less commercial, more exotic locations like Tulum or Bali for their beach escapes.
4. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
Boomers flock to Williamsburg for a taste of living history and Americana. While Millennials can appreciate the historical significance, they often find it difficult to get excited about actors churning butter and blacksmithing in the digital age.
5. Palm Springs, California
The Rat Pack era charm of Palm Springs captivates many Boomers. While the area has started to attract a younger crowd due to the Coachella festival, many Millennials still see it as a sleepy desert retirement community.
6. Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California
For Boomers, Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination offering pristine nature and recreational activities like fishing and boating. Millennials, however, often prefer destinations with a faster pace and more cultural activities.
7. Atlantic City, New Jersey
With its casinos, boardwalk, and old-school entertainment, Atlantic City is a Boomer magnet. Millennials, who have grown up with a world of entertainment options at their fingertips, often find the city’s charms a little outdated.
8. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Nestled next to the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a haven for Boomers looking for kitschy souvenir shops, pancake houses, and country-themed attractions. Millennials, ever in search of authentic experiences, often pass it by.
9. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod’s quaint villages, lighthouses, and clam bakes are a Boomer’s dream vacation. Millennials, however, often view it as too quiet and family-oriented, opting instead for more dynamic cities or international destinations.