Many history buffs will jump at the chance to retire in a city with a rich heritage and past. From battle sites to presidential hometowns to cities with a strong governmental legacy, here are five historic places to retire.
1. Charleston, South Carolina —
Brick streets, pink row houses along the Battery waterfront — many with lushly manicured gardens out back. And now a thriving culinary scene that merges old South and new demand. These are just a few reasons why this Civil War city is drawing a host of retirees who love its proximity to the ocean along with "36 national historic landmarks and 42 museums within 30 miles," U.S. News reported
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2. New Orleans —
The Big Easy is No. 2 on the U.S. News list of top historic retirement areas. The city has weathered much during the past 300 years — steeped with French, Caribbean, and Spanish influences. From St. Louis's Cathedral at the foot of Jackson Square to the streetcars that travel a path through the architecturally rich Garden District, the quirky and ribald city is a music and history lover's paradise.
3. San Francisco —
Long before the gold rush, the Spanish missionaries inhabited this Bay city on the Pacific Coast, U.S. News noted. With such iconic symbols as its streetcars, the Golden Gate Bridge, even Alcatraz Island, San Franciso is steeped in history.
4. Memphis —
Tennessee's largest city is an iconic town for music lovers — at the heart of the Delta blues music that gave rise to rock and roll. With Sun Records, Graceland, the beloved home of Elvis Presley, as well as plenty of famed barbecue, Memphis "is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth," said Best-Place-To-Retire.com
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5. Boston —
The capital of Massachusetts is the perfect spot for retirees seeking an urban experience steeped in history, according to TopRetirement.com
Boston Harbor and the Charles River are famed for their history. The Harbor is the location of the famed Tea Party insurgency in 1773. "Patriot leader Samuel Adams organized the 'tea party”' with about 60 members of the Sons of Liberty, his underground resistance group. The British tea dumped in Boston Harbor on the night of Dec. 16 was valued at some $18,000," according to History.com
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