Washington state boasts gorgeous natural landscapes, thriving arts and culture scenes, and a variety of towns and cities to choose from. As such, it is a location retirees should consider living in! Here are some of the best places for retirees to live in Washington.
TravelAwaits ~ ” Steilacoom
You won’t find this quaint town I retired to on any national lists because you must live near it to know about it, which is just the way the community likes it. Steilacoom is the oldest incorporated town in Washington. Each year it hosts a July 4th parade which will take you back in time as well as a fireworks display that is paid for by local donations. The tiny downtown has a few small businesses, but it is mostly residential. The neighbors are welcoming, and everyone works hard to keep Steilacoom’s small-town charm. It’s nice that it’s located between the larger cities of Tacoma and Lacey/Olympia. It is a 45-minute drive to the airport and an hour to Seattle. Views of both the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound are just stunning.
What’s not to love about Gig Harbor? This charming town is just across the Narrows Bridge from the larger city of Tacoma. It is the perfect blend of modern conveniences and small-town charm. Uptown has all the shopping at the chain stores you love while downtown surrounds the harbor and is a walkable destination with local restaurants and shops. The retiree population is very active volunteering within the community and there are plenty of fun, local events to keep you busy year round. Its central location makes it an easy drive to Tacoma’s theater and museum districts or you can take a ferry from Bremerton into Seattle if you want some time in the big city.
Driving through Port Townsend is a step back in time because of the beautiful Victorian architecture and original downtown buildings. Located on the Olympic Peninsula overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this small-town packs in quite a bit of activity for its small population. You won’t find all the amenities of a larger city but there are so many things to compensate for this. The Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center is in the heart of Fort Worden State Park and is home to 16 nonprofits and creative businesses. Public programming includes wellness, outdoor recreation, education, and arts and culture.” ~ TravelAwaits
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