If you’re thinking of relocating when you retire, you may want to consider one of the best cities in America.
Conde Nast Traveler had readers rank their favorite cities in the United States, and the list is a look at some of the best places not only to live, but also to retire.
Check out the list below of the Top 5 locations (or check out Conde Nast’s full list of 10 here).
#5: Chicago, Illinois
Reader Rating: 79.2
Ah, the Windy City. While not only a great sports town — da Bear! da Cubbies! — this city by the lake shines with amazing restaurants and a non-stop supply of things to see and do.
Dine at great eateries like The Girl and The Goat near Oprah’s old studios, bike along the lake, or shop to your heart’s content.
#4: Honolulu, Hawaii
Reader Rating: 79.5
Fresh seafood, great beaches, stunning vistas and treks to waterfalls and hidden parks are all part of Honolulu’s charm. The Big Island is a major draw for not only tourists, but retirees looking to escape from the bustle of life in the U.S. without leaving the U.S.
The city always gets high marks from Conde Nast readers, who have voted it up the list in recent years.
#3: San Francisco, California
Reader Rating: 79.9
Sure it’s cold in July, but for the farmers’ markets, great bars and restaurants, and proximity to everything you could possible want from a city, San Fran is one place that is hard to beat.
Ride the trolleys and get fresh baked sourdough bread, tour the piers or just have a picnic at one of the city’s amazing parks.
#2: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Reader Rating: 81.2
An artist mecca, Santa Fe has blossomed like a flower in the desert — boasting an array of art galleries, hot eateries (especially the tongue-torching kind), and historic architecture and Old World culture.
Its outdoor markets are not to be missed, with arts and crafts that are as unique as the city itself.
#1: Charleston, South Carolina
Reader Rating: 83.2
If the southern hospitality doesn’t hook you, certainly the charm and old Southern style will. Charleston offers great shopping, fine dining, and interesting boutique shops — all within walks that leave you spellbound by its colonial beauty. Stroll along the water or through a live oak-lined park — stop for a drink to beat the heat in the summer or in the cooler months try a carriage ride through the historic downtown.
It’s no wonder this is the favorite city — and not a bad place to spend the rest of your days in wonder, and peace.