Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Few Fantastic Places to Live in the US!

If you’re like me, and live in a cold-weather climate, you’ll occasionally daydream about balmy winds, lofty mountains and ocean views. Below are three of the best places in the United States to retire to. I’m looking for the warm climate of Florida or Texas, but you might be interested in the culture and beauty of New Mexico. All cities listed have special attractions and reasons you might want to relocate, whether now or when you leave the corporate whirlwind behind and retire.

Durango, CO
Outdoor sports and adventure along with historical and cultural attractions make Durango one of the best places to live in Colorado. A ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gage Railroad through a canyon and the gorgeous mountain scenery up to the former mining town of Silverton is one of the most popular things to do. You can also find plenty to keep you busy wandering through the historic downtown, with many buildings remaining from the late 1800s. In winter, nearby Purgatory Ski Resort offers some of the best skiing in Colorado. In summer, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, rafting, and other outdoor activities dominate the scene. Add on a day trip and consider heading out to the Mesa Verde National Park for a close-up look at the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings.

Naples, FL
Located on southwest Florida's Gulf Coast at the edge of the Everglades, Naples has palm tree-lined avenues and a glitzy reputation. But the city also has a small-town feel and wears its affluent and easy island style in equal measure, making it a perfect destination for those seeking a romantic or luxury getaway, family vacay, Everglades adventure, or chill beach vibe. Sure, the 280 average days of sunshine is great for year round golf, but there are so many other things to do in Naples as well, making it a favorite destination for couples and families. Shopping in Naples Florida is truly an Olympic sport, and yes the beaches are really all that. It's a restaurant powerhouse, and home to the arts and endless outdoor activities, including some of the best fishing in Florida.  Honestly, there’s so much to see and do, your biggest decision may be where to begin.

Taos, New Mexico
Located at the base of the tallest peaks in New Mexico, 400-year-old Taos is a friendly little town long known as an artist's colony and center for outdoor activities. In Taos, you can go from hot-air ballooning and river rafting to touring art galleries and impressive museums. There are many other things to do, such as hiking, skiing, fishing, and sampling the excellent restaurants. Nearby, visitors can learn about a thousand years of history at a still-inhabited Native American pueblo. Conveniently situated just 70 miles northeast of Santa Fe, Taos caters to travelers while avoiding the feeling of a tourist town.
I'll have to dream about my future in Florida, New Mexico or Colorado. But one day, look for me in one of these beautiful, culturally rich and most of all, warm cities.

For now, I'll be pounding the keyboard, living through the characters I create, wildly jealous because, unlike me, they get to live and love in some of the most coveted cities in the US.

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