Active Retirement Living: The Best Places to Retire for Healthy Living
Making a decision on where to spend your later years can seem overwhelming, so we’ve put together a unique list of top places for healthy living in retirement. Take a look at some of our top picks (and click the city names for more info!):
If you can handle the cold in the winter, Missoula is the place to be if you’re looking for a quiet, beautiful retirement location that offers you seemingly endless outdoor activities. Picture a riverside city complete with local breweries, farm to table cuisine, and accompanied by abundant outdoor activities. Those who are looking for the perfect place to retire and take advantage of all that nature has to offer will find themselves home in Missoula! Missoula is also known for having strong health care services despite being a little “off the grid.”
Burlington, Vermont, is also quite cold in the winter, but also has an active community and lifestyle that is perfect for retirees and ski lovers. Burlington is a happening Vermont college-town chock-full of things to do. The city is set next to Lake Champlain, where you can enjoy boating, fishing, hiking or a casual picnic. Folks in Burlington enjoy healthy eating options, as well as a variety of vegan and vegetarian cuisine. It is often referred to as one of the healthiest cities in the country to live, and is an ideal location for families and retirees alike who are interested in a simple, healthy lifestyle.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Quite the opposite of Burlington with regard to weather, Albuquerque has very hot summers, but it also comes with a quaint, unique, Southwestern feel. Residents of Burlington stay fit by exploring the local parks, strolling through downtown Albuquerque, hiking, rock climbing, and enjoying a variety of other outdoor activities. If you are interested in Albuquerque, bring your camera for the international hot air balloon festival in October! Combine all of this with excellent healthcare, and Albuquerque could be worth a second look.
Asheville, North Carolina
Looking for a moderate climate and a location with a small-town feel? Asheville could be it! The city is set in the iconic Blue Ridge Mountains, which offer far more than just beautiful scenery. You can hike, mountainbike, photograph stunning waterfalls and fall color, or enjoy fly fishing on the river. Asheville also has a fun and funky downtown, with a variety of eateries and shopping. If you’re hoping for a retirement setting that’s both beautiful and functional, Asheville is definitely worth considering.
Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan might surprise you for a being a great pick for healthy retirement living. It hits our list due to its freshwater beaches, golfing, hiking, vineyards, and relaxed pace of life. Traverse City is also popular for its annual National Cherry Festival which draws tourists and locals alike. Throughout all four seasons, you’ll find things to do and ways to stay active and healthy in Traverse City. Hit the water and go kayaking or canoeing, or stick to the land for hiking, bird-watching, beach-going, and local events downtown. You won’t run out of things to do here with easy access to shopping, an orchestra, museums, and restaurants too!
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