Widely lauded as one of the best states for retirees, Arizona offers year-round sunshine, mild weather, and scenic desert landscape. It’s home to the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the only one located in the United States. Arizona is also one of only two states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time. So if you hate losing that extra hour of sleep, Arizona might be the perfect place for you!
On top of the beautiful weather, Arizona is also one of the top ten tax-friendly states for retirees (according to Kiplinger). Around 800,000 people aged 60 and over actually moved to this state between 2015 and 2019. The numbers don’t lie, and it goes without saying that Arizona is a wonderful retirement destination for older adults. Read on to learn more about the best places in Arizona for retirement living!
Nestled in the foothills of Black Mountain, Cave Creek is a former gold mining town that’s rich in both history and unique points of interest. Frontier Town is a time machine into the Old West. Main Street is lined with specialty shops that sell everything from hot sauce to custom jewelry. And, if you’re a fan of old cowboy movies, you’re in luck—actors in period costumes perform Wild West stunt shows! Meanwhile, MTM Ranch provides private horseback riding tours through 870 acres of the stunning Arizona landscape.
This unincorporated community of approximately 800 is one of the original pioneer towns in Arizona. While it may be small, Concho boasts a public library and town park, complete with a baseball field and playground. Public hiking trails, lakes, and hunting opportunities are found minutes outside of town, and a half-day drive will take you to the Grand Canyon.
Known as the “Heart of Arizona Wine Country”, Cottonwood is ideally located a little over an hour from Phoenix. Historic Old Town is home to countless boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. Nearby Mingus Mountain offers an array of outdoor activities, including mountain biking and horse-riding. A visit to Cottonwood wouldn’t be complete without tasting their wines, so make sure to take a drive along the Verde Valley Wine Trail!
Lake Havasu City
This popular retirement town of over 52,000 residents is home to the historic 1831 London Bridge. Lake Havasu, rated as one of the top 100 best bass fishing lakes in America, provides watersports and fishing opportunities. The Desert Bar is one the most unique restaurants in Arizona. Powered by solar energy and cobbled together with unique materials, it’s is open to the public from October through April. Come and enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Outdoor adventures are found at every turn in Prescott Valley. The Highlands Center for Natural History offers hands-on activities and guided tours through nearly 80 acres of unblemished forestland. Often hailed as the world’s largest Travertine bridge, Tonto Natural Bridge provides picture-worthy views and an unforgettable experience. The surrounding park sports walking trails, picnic areas, and a souvenir shop. Meanwhile, the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town is a relic from Arizona’s prospecting days. Come and explore all the relics left over from the 19th century gold rush.
Known for its lively 55 and older population, this senior haven possesses one of the most vibrant adult communities in the United States. Sun City frequently makes national news with highlighted events and exhibitions geared toward retirees. The area boasts eight golf courses, seven recreational centers, and four lawn bowling sites. Also, the Sun Bowl Amphitheatre hosts numerous concerts and performances throughout the year, and the best part—they’re all senior-friendly!
Once christened the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”, Gilbert has retained little of its humble agrarian beginnings. Now a suburban paradise, it has consistently been ranked as one of the best places in the United States to live. From its safe neighborhoods to family-friendly entertainment choices, this unincorporated town of over 200,000 residents places a strong emphasis on community. There are many festivals and community events that draw the locals together throughout the year. One such event, held at SanTan Village around the holidays, features a magical hot air balloon display!
More Arizona Resources
Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts