Do your friends say you’re outdoorsy? Do you live on a mountain? Are your friends, in fact, grizzly bears?
If you’re the next incarnation of Timothy Treadwell, we can’t help you—but if you’re a retiree or soon-to-be retiree looking to move to somewhere where there’s lots of room to stretch your legs on some truly gorgeous trails, well, we know all the best places to retire for someone like you. Here are four options that’ll leave the mountain man in you satisfied at the end of each day.
This community is perfect for those who need their daily mountain fix. The ice-capped Rockies are visible in the distance from nearly anywhere in Broomfield, so you’ll never need to do more than swivel your neck to catch a glimpse of their breathtaking glory. And, of course, if you’re ready for a hike, these peaks are a brief car ride away.
What’s truly special about this community is that it’s located directly on Tellico Lake, one of the most gorgeous bodies of water in the American South. The bright blue water and rolling peninsulas of green stretch quite literally as far as the eye can see in some places. If sitting by a lake, watching the water glisten, sounds like heaven to you, then this is truly one of your personal best places to retire.
Perhaps Nevada isn’t the first place that pops into your head when you think about the ‘great outdoors.’ Actually, though, Reno is beautiful. Not just because of Lake Tahoe, either—there’s Pyramid Lake, too, and the Truckee River. If boating’s not your thing, there are also plenty of fantastic hikes in the surrounding area, like Mt. Rose or Tahoe Meadows.
Tacoma is home to Point Defiance Park, one of the largest urban parks in the entire United States. Saltwater bays, towering evergreen trees, and mountain views abound. There are also many top-notch hiking destinations in all directions—flower-studded Mt. Rainier and volcanic blast site Mt. St. Helens are each only an hour away, albeit in opposite directions.
Of course, these four destinations are only the tip of the iceberg. There are incredible outdoorsy locations scattered throughout the whole country—and it’s up to you to decide which one is beautiful enough to settle down. You can go anywhere! Don’t be overwhelmed, though; the excellent photos and descriptions on 55Places.com make it easy for you to explore and narrow down the best places to retire