USA: The Runner’s-Up Are Taking Over
~by Cindy Haynes
There are familiar stand-out locations in America that people wish to move to in their retirement years (or a heck of a lot sooner). But now, the runner’s up – the previously second or even third choices out there in America – are finding their way onto peoples’ bucket lists because of the complete overhaul these towns and cities have been accomplishing, even receiving awards for the ‘most upcoming destinations’ across the map.
1) Whenever people think of N.J., their minds actually switch to N.Y.C. in most cases. In other words, N.J. is the runner-up between them. A distant runner-up for quite a while. Yet now Wildwood, New Jersey, out of the blue, is receiving massively positive reviews as being an extremely cool location to not only visit, but settle. For those who would really like to turn the clock back because of how the world is running at this moment in time, Wildwood is all about the 1950s. Here you have the carnival atmosphere of the Boardwalk, pier fishing, and a calm, overall nostalgic view of the simpler things in life.
2) Charlotte, North Carolina is certainly a well-known locale that everyone has heard of and some people even dream about one day living. However, there is another out there – Nags Head, North Carolina – that is drawing more people. Eleven miles of beach are here in this Outer Banks town, south of Kitty Hawk, and everything from diving and seeing shipwrecks up close and personal to hang-gliding is available. Walking near the lighthouse, taking in that historic architecture and ‘feeling’ the great minds of the past who actually taught the world how to fly, Nags Head is bringing more and more to its shore.
3) In Arizona, Phoenix is a biggie, as everyone knows, for choosing a place to retire. When it comes to wealth, there are places like Paradise Valley and Carefree – every lovely neighborhood in Arizona most definitely comes along with a lovely name. Now, however, it’s Prescott that is getting the thumbs-up reviews. Located in the Bradshaw Mountains, surrounded by the stunning conifer forests, Prescott provides the Great Outdoors to anyone who’s looking to commune with Mother Nature, while also being able to golf to their hearts’ content on six perfectly pristine courses. Not shying away from the Old West, Prescott also offers museums, historic trains – and if it was good enough for Doc Holiday’s wife – it’s good enough for you.
4) Nashville is the first place people think of when it comes to Tennessee. The music is what it’s all about. But now, its’ basically overlooked cousin, Knoxville, has moved up in the ranks as being a fantastic place to settle down. Riverboats, museums, not to mention massive sports fun when it comes to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, there is far more than just Civil War history to learn about.
5) Speaking of sports…we all know about Denver. But it is Telluride that is moving up on the list of ‘must-see’ and ‘must-settle’ in Colorado. The San Juan Mountains are stunning, and Telluride lies in their midst. This is the calm respite people are looking for who wish to fish for the perfect trout, hike in the majesty of the forests, or ski when winter comes to call. This is one of those ‘gold rush’ towns that brings about the history bug, as well.
So before you look at a map and let your eye generally wander to the most well-known city/town in each state, make sure to take a second look. Because the ones that used to be a passing thought are swiftly taking over for best overall living, traveling and retirement opportunities.