More Retirement Spots Worth a Look


Here are 10 other retirement destinations selected from the Best Places to Retire database by the editors at U.S. News.

Anacortes, Wash. In this city of 16,000 on Fidalgo Island, Mount Erie looms above four lakes, 3,000 acres of city-owned forest, beaches, rocky cliffs, 12 city parks, and Puget Sound. The waterfront city is great for boating, kayaking, and bird-watching. And it gets 30 percent of Seattle's rainfall.

Austin, Texas. A balmy day in Austin might be spent listening to a live music performance at one of nearly 200 venues, auditing a class at the University of TexasAustin, attending the ballet, taking a dip in Barton Springs Pool, or watching the sunset exodus of more than 1.5 million bats from beneath Congress Avenue Bridge.

Boulder, Colo. Jagged flatiron rock formations overlook this city of 92,000, nestled in a valley where the Rockies meet the Great Plains. The University of ColoradoBoulder keeps the city culturally thriving, while a green belt of city-owned land nearby allows plenty of room to get out of town.

Danville, Ky. Historic Danville hosts an annual hot-air balloon race at the Great American Brass Band Festival, and its Constitution Square boasts the original post office, a replica jail, and Grayson's Tavern, built in 1785.

Fredericksburg, Va. The boyhood home of George Washington is just 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., on the Rappahannock River. Fredericksburg has a 40-block historic district, a national military park where Civil War battles are commemorated, and seven nearby golf courses.

Geneva, Ill. First settled by the Prairie Pottawatomi tribe, Geneva now has shady streets lined with century-old homes constructed of locally quarried stone. There's an extensive bike trail system, a forest preserve on the Fox River, and commuter rail service to Chicago, 40 miles away.

Juneau, Alaska. Amid the world's northernmost rain forest, Juneau is Alaska's state capital. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy rock climbing, scuba diving, and whale-watching. Despite the far-north location, average January lows are only 21 degrees.

Kailua, Hawaii. The Pali Highway tunnel separates Honolulu from Kailua, the perfect spot to laze away days in the tropical ocean breezes. Crescent-shaped Kailua Beach is a prime spot for windsurfers and kiteboarders.

San Luis Obispo, Calif. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, "slo" sits in the foothills of the "nine sisters," a group of ancient volcanic mountains. Just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the city is centered on a fully restored 18th-century mission. It's home to California Polytechnic State University.

State College, Pa. The flagship campus of Pennsylvania State University dominates this central Pennsylvania city. Retirees can enroll in Penn State classes free of charge—without worrying about exams or grades.