Many of you might view your retirement as a well-deserved, long-term vacation. And as such, you might consider moving to a place that offers warmer weather, sandy beaches or spectacular golf courses. Of course, the city in which you choose to live needs to offer more than just great weather and sandy beaches.

There are a whole lot of factors you need to consider if you are planning on moving when you retire. No city is perfect, but there are several cities in the United States that have much to offer. Goldberg and Associates, your retirement planning service in Atlanta, offers a few choice cities to consider moving to when you retire.

Rapid City, South Dakota

Retirees who are looking for a rugged retirement destination with new adventures, a sense of seclusion and affordable housing, no need to look any further than Rapid City. You might not believe this, but Rapid City has a high concentration of residents aged 60 and older all enjoying the pristine parks, fresh air and low-cost healthcare.

Rapid City is a beautiful city where you can enjoy cross-country skiing, watching minor league hockey and four distinct seasons.

Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin is located about 20 miles southwest of Nashville and offers history buffs several Civil War sites including Carnton Plantation and Carter House. In addition to the historical backdrop and rolling hills, Franklin boasts a lower than average tax burden. Nice.

Des Moines, Iowa

If you think sunshine and warm weather is overrated, then set your sites on Des Moines, it could be the right place for you. The biggest selling point Des Moines has to offer is affordability as costs run about 10% less than national averages.

Other reasons to consider Des Moines as your retirement destination include high scores in health care facilities, low crime and plenty of cultural activities to attend.

Scottsdale, Arizona

If you love the Southwest desert, air-conditioned shopping and moonlit walks, then you should be considering Scottsdale as your retirement destination. Scottsdale offers plenty of parks to enjoy. Pinnacle Peak Park alone boasts over 30,000 acres of pristine nature and nearly 170 miles of trails.

If you enjoy outdoor activities, this is the place to be. The residents of Scottsdale give high ratings to the local social life, healthcare facilities and say the city gives them a sense of purpose.

Glendale, California

Glendale is a suburb of Los Angeles and known as the “Jewel City.” It has a lot to offer to retirees. Glendale boasts more than 5,000 acres of natural open space that is covered in trails and roads that are enjoyed by joggers, hikers and cyclists all year round.

Kendall, Florida

There are 90-year-olds in Kendall who feel safe walking around the city at night. Crime is not a big problem in this city. But a low crime rate isn’t the only reason to consider Kendall as your retirement destination. Kendall is highly ranked in the well-being index, which is a big deal to many retirees. Also, you can’t beat the Florida climate.

West Bloomfield, Michigan

West Bloomfield is an idyllic spot to consider after retirement if you enjoy sunsets on the water and overlooking calming shores. You see, there are so many lakes around, the area has been dubbed “lake township of Oakland County.”

The public parks along the lakes offer picnic areas, winter and summer activities and they are handicapped accessible and allow dogs.

Georgetown City, Texas

Warm weather, easy access to the big city and charming town squares. These are just a few reasons why retirees should consider Georgetown City. The town is famous for its miles of fields of red poppy flowers. Each year, the city hosts a festival in honor of the flowers and it attracts thousands of people.

Clarkstown, New York

If you wish to retire to a place surrounded by nature, without sacrificing the amenities of the big cities, then Clarkstown is your retirement destination. This is a city that can give you the best of both worlds.

Avid nature enthusiasts and hikers will find themselves very close to state parks that offer hiking, biking, fishing and ice skating.

If you are not an outdoor enthusiast, there is plenty of shopping, entertainment and dining.

Landcaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster is a dream town for retirement. It is a city that bundles a lively downtown area, farmland and suburbs all into one. You can visit the Amish communities where everyone travels by horse and buggy and live without electricity.

The landscapes are lush and green and full of trails to explore. The downtown areas feature monthly music festivals and art shows. It really is a city that has a lot to offer retirees.

Of course, your retirement will be better if you properly plan for it. Contact Goldberg and Associates for more details concerning what we can do for you.