Why You Should Retire to Missouri
As retirement draws near, many people wonder if they should stay where they are or move somewhere else. Many places are touted as great places to retire.
I nominate Missouri for several reasons. It has cosmopolitan cities, unspoiled small towns and incomparable recreation facilities. Interstate 70 connects the two largest cities in Missouri, Kansas City and St Louis. Both cities have professional football and baseball teams.
Both cities also offer numerous historical attractions. In St Louis, you can view the city and the Mississippi from the Arch because St Louis is the gateway to the west. In Kansas City you can visit Westport where the early wagon trains were provisioned before they set off on the Santa Fe trail.
In both cities you can enjoy great shopping and dining, as well as plays, concerts, art exhibits and other entertainments. If quiet living is your idea of the perfect retirement, there are many small towns scattered across the state that offer affordable housing.
An excellent highway system runs throughout Missouri and train travel is also popular along the Missouri River which crosses the state to join the Mississippi. In a small town you can ride your bicycle or hike a trail.
For entertainment and recreation, Branson and the Lake of the Ozarks are just a few hours away. Located in south central Missouri, Branson features big-name entertainers all summer.
You can bring your boat and water-ski on the lake or just sit back and fish. Golfers enjoy several of the resorts in the Lake area, too. No matter what your retirement pleasure, Missouri has something to offer.
Shop and dine in its major cities, lead the lazy life in its small towns or celebrate in its recreation area. Whatever you like to do, Missouri is for you.