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10 blissful retirement destinations that aren’t in Florida

By Jake Beardslee · February 2, 2024

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina has southern charm, historic architecture, and great seafood. The cost of living is affordable and the weather is warm without Florida's humidity.  Khanrak/Wikimedia

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is an ideal place for music lovers and active retirees who want to take advantage of the city's many parks, trails, and recreational activities. No state income tax is a major plus.  Jouaienttoi/Wikimedia

Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii offers beautiful beaches, lush jungles and the laid-back island lifestyle. Retirees can learn to surf, go whale watching, take Hawaiian language classes and enjoy tropical weather year-round.  Pahu/Wikimedia

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina has a thriving arts scene, award-winning restaurants and a scenic location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Four mild seasons and an active lifestyle make Asheville a favorite.  Michael Tracey/Wikimedia

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon combines small-town feel with endless recreation - hiking, cycling, kayaking, brewery tours and more. The sunny, dry climate is ideal and no sales tax sweetens the deal.  Bruno Rijsman/Wikimedia

San Diego, California

San Diego, California has a mild climate and endless outdoor activities from beaches to the mountains. The military presence offers great veterans' resources and facilities.  Rufustelestrat/Wikimedia

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado is a vibrant cultural center near the mountains that's popular with active, outdoorsy retirees who enjoy everything from skiing to whitewater rafting. Quirky local flair abounds.  Drljohnson/Flickr

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona has warm winters, golf courses galore, luxury communities, museums and art galleries. Nearby Saguaro National Park offers great hiking and natural beauty.  Nicholas Hartmann/Wikimedia

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine has a historic waterfront, lighthouses, whale watching and the famous rocky coastline. Quaint coastal towns and access to nature give it a serene pace of life.  Seasider53/Wikimedia

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee has exploded as a dynamic arts and music destination. Mild winters, history, southern food and no state income tax make it affordable.  dconvertini/Wikimedia