Youthful, vibrant and looking for a change, many seniors are seeking new places to reinvent their life in retirement.
Here are five places where such later-in-life makeovers are possible.
1. Loveland/Fort Collins, Colorado —
This Rocky Mountain-inspired area tops the AARP's list of 15 dream towns to reinvent
your life. The area is about 15 minutes from Denver. While Fort Collins is a university town, Loveland offers a quieter venue, the AARP added, and is "one of the best art towns in the United States." With a population at just over 70,000, Loveland was described as "a small city that beats to the rhythm of adventure."
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2. Bellingham, Washington —
With stunning scenery — think mountains, pines and Pacific Bay coastline — there are few areas more beautiful than Bellingham, which is No. 2 on the AARP's dream cities list. The area offers plenty of recreation — lakes, rivers, kayaking, fishing and hiking — as well as a great location between Seattle and Vancouver, the AARP said.
3. Georgetown, Texas — U.S. News put this town
about a half hour north and west from Austin at the top of its list of places to reinvent yourself in retirement. With a population of about 47,000, the town features scenic Lake Georgetown and is near the Texas Hill Country area of the state. It has the distinction of being named as having the most beautiful town square in Texas.
4. Corvallis, Oregon —
Also on the U.S. News re-invention list is this college town, home to Oregon State University as well as tech giant Hewlett-Packard. Noted the magazine: "Residents can get outdoors to take advantage of the more than 200 acres of parks and sample the delights of more than a dozen wineries in the Willamette Valley."
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5. Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina —
Near 10 colleges and universities, the famed Research Triangle, and boasting a thriving arts and cultural community, this region is perfect for retirees seeking comfort and intellectual bounty, the AARP noted. "These cities are situated three hours from the seashore and just as close to the mountains, and are buzzing with a live music and dining scene," the magazine wrote.
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