Palm Springs, California
Whether Palm Springs brings to mind Rat Pack or Coachella, know that the area has been growing rapidly over the past decade and continues to be a sought-after retirement address. New restaurants, shopping, and culture centers are being opened, along with further development of art galleries and antique shops, shares Paul Morris, owner of a Keller Williams Realty office and author of Wealth Can’t Wait. Plus, if you’re an active senior citizen, it’s an ideal place to keep your energy levels high. “The weather is dry and warm all year and hot in the summer, which allows for year-round outdoor activities, including tennis, swimming, hiking, and biking. And, with nearly 125 golf courses has the largest concentration of golf courses in the U.S.,” he says.
Known for more than just maple syrup, Vermont is a quiet, picturesque state to consider for your retirement days. Here, you not only have a vast amount of outdoor activities—from skiing in the winter to sailing in the summer—but AARP names this northern Vermont town one of the best destinations for senior citizens. It’s central to plenty of larger towns, with Montreal 75 miles north and Boston 180 miles southwest, giving your children plenty of places to live and raise their families, without grandma and grandpa being too far away. What you’ll love the most (apart from the beauty and relaxed vibe, of course), is Church Street Marketplace, a four-block indoor-outdoor center where you’ll see Victorian and Art Deco buildings filled with coffee shops, galleries, boutiques, and much more. Check out the 9 retirement planning steps you should take before you turn 50.