The retirement locations on our list strike a balance between small-town charms and big-city amenities. Georgetown, Texas, for example, is nestled between the scenic Texas Hill Country and Austin, which is only a half hour away.
It would be difficult to run out of things to do in the 400-year-old city of Santa Fe. Anne Anderson, 62, a retired textbook salesperson, chose to stay in Santa Fe when she retired in 2008. An avid art fan, she volunteers at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Spanish Market, and the International Folk Art Market, among other places. "We have monthly meetings for docents and you sign up for what comes in the door," she says. When she's not volunteering, Anderson enjoys soaking up the city's culture. "Last night we were down on the plaza dancing. The night before, we listened to jazz at St. John's College sitting on the lawn," Anderson says. "If you want to do something every night of the week, you just have to choose what."