Courtesy of Anita Ginsburg
For many seniors, retirement isn’t a time to sit back and relax—it’s an opportunity to start finally living how they truly want. Whether you love to bike, swim or unwind with a game of golf, there are plenty of active and scenic states that are ideal for anyone who is ready to dive headfirst into their golden years.
Florida may be the most obvious choice, but there are good reasons why Florida is so popular among retirees. Florida boasts beautiful weather, idyllic beaches and breathtaking coastlines along with plenty of affordable retirement villages. Go kayaking, snorkel, and take in incredible views as you navigate winding lighthouse trails. The Sunshine State knows how to give its residents the ultimate mix of relaxation and adventure.
Every island has its own personality in Hawaii. You’ll be able to take a vacation without getting far from home as you make your way across the island, uncovering their hidden gems and finding new favorite destinations. From unbelievable views to tropical weather year-round, Hawaii is always a good idea. There are also plenty of opportunities to hike, take photos, swim, snorkel and connect with nature on one of America’s most well-preserved natural beauties.
If you prefer the mountains to the beach, then consider Colorado as your retirement destination. From the active nightlife in Denver to more quaint and rural towns, Colorado invites anyone who loves to climb, hunt, fish, or raft to enjoy its beautiful landscapes. A major plus of this state is its connection to major interstates that make for phenomenal road trips.
Washington state is filled with beautiful forests and boasts a gorgeous coastline. There are plenty of towns perfect for retirees in the state, including Gig Harbor, which was voted the fourth best place to retire in America by Smart Asset. From amazing, unobstructed views of nature to plenty of outdoor activities and recreation centers, Washington could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Look for Activities
Maybe you don’t care so much about traveling or scenic views. Instead, think about what you truly love to do and move somewhere that allows you to do that as much as possible. If you love golfing, look for golf front homes. If you’re excited to finally have time to focus on cycling, move somewhere with good trails. If you want to volunteer your time to a good cause, look for charities you’re interested and supporting. You can even join an organization like the Peace Corps
You’ve spent years waiting for this moment, and choosing the place you’ll likely spend the rest of your life is no small feat. If you can, plan a vacation to the state that appeals to you the most so you can check out houses or retirement communities in person. Work with a financial advisor so you can make the best choice for your future and all the adventure it holds.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.