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Population Ghost Town

Eclectic, ghostly, and wildly refined, Jerome Arizona is a quaint mining town with a big personality. Like a scene from a movie set, this once thriving copper mining town has the rough and tumble appeal of the old west, with a polished, cultural alter ego. If you happen to be traveling between Flagstaff, and Prescott, this unique little town is definitely worth the stop. Sitting atop Cleopatra Hill, Jerome was the largest copper mine in Arizona, and despite it’s current population of about 456, it’s now a favorite for local artisans, musicians, diverse shopping, and great food. From it’s infamous haunted landmarks, and well preserved historic buildings, to the views that photographers will be mesmerized by, it’s no wonder Jerome earned the namesake, “The Wickedest Town In the West.”

Founded in 1876, Jerome was home to a booming copper industry where hard labor, and investment moguls turned the city’s underground riches into a prosperous community. After the closure of the mines in 1953, Jerome State Historic Park has since become an extraordinary, hilltop destination still set in the past, but with a modern twist. Remnants of old mines, and much of the original architecture mingles with contemporary art galleries, and shops. The Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum brings the town’s past to life displaying original mining equipment, and what remains of its gambling, and multicultural history. Back in the day, the city was both unorthodox, and civilized with brothels, and churches operating within the same vicinity to cater to wealthy, and working class citizens.

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Retire to Your Happy Place

If you’re considering taking your retirement abroad, why not venture across the pond to where most say is the happiest place in the world? Scandinavia is renown for outstanding healthcare, a generous pension program, and friendly locals that know how to live well. This corner of the globe is made up of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland, along with some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll ever witness. From its simplistic interior design to the popular self-care practice of hygge, Scandinavia’s balanced approach to living has made it an appealing expat destination.

Health and Wellness – Business Insider listed three out of five of these countries in the top 21 places to retire in the world. From Sweden’s world-class health care system to Denmark’s affinity for cycling, you’d be hard-pressed to find a region more dedicated to promoting health, and fitness. Rain or shine, Scandinavians make it a point to move every day whether it’s walking to work, or going to the gym. When it comes to receiving medical care, patients have access to state-of-the-art health facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Spend a Night Out Under the Stars

Pitch a tent, and saddle up, because this campground is not your average night under the stars. Tucked away amidst the breathtaking wilderness of Richmond, Minnesota, El Rancho Mañana Campground, and Riding Stable, offers 1,208 acres of natural wonderland, and exciting outdoor recreation. From meandering through lush wooded trails on horseback, or enjoying a hike, to getting out on the water in a kayak, El Rancho Mañana has something for every level of adventure. Whether exploring it solo, or hosting a family reunion, this unique campground offers modern amenities, and options for campers of all styles whether in an RV or going it old school in a tent.

El Rancho Mañana campground offers 120 sites including RV sites, and tent areas, with campsites in the horse stable area. There’s no need to rough it thanks to convenient modern amenities including hookups for RV’s, access to updated bathhouses, and clean laundry facilities. Located on Long Lake, this campground is the ideal setting for gatherings, and events with party-friendly accommodations including the Ranch House, and an on-site convenience store in case someone forgot to pick up supplies for s’mores.

The cityscape of Greensboro NC. by Turboknowledge

Greensboro Is The City You’ll Want to Call Home

Greensboro North Carolina captures the definition of the perfect hometown. Welcoming, and familiar, it’s the small town with a big personality. Known for friendly locals, and affordable living, it’s no surprise this cultural city was featured as one of the best cities for livability by U.S News & World Report. From its beautifully preserved turn of the century homes to its thriving downtown business district, Greensboro weaves urban functionality with a rich history. This idyllic location is one of the Piedmont Triad cities shared with Winston-Salem, and High Point, boasting lush seasonal landscape, a vast array of outdoor recreation, and iconic landmarks. Greensboro’s sense of community and nostalgic small-town ambiance is an integral part of what makes this town such an attractive destination for retirees, and young families alike.

Set between the Atlantic, and the Appalachian Mountains, Greensboro residents are in their element when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking or cycling through over 90 miles of trails, exploring city parks, or spending a day on the golf course, Greensboro inspires active, healthy living. For those who love a waterfront lifestyle, lakes Higgins, Brandt, and Townsend provide a picturesque venue for a variety of water sports from paddle boarding, to kayaking. Golf pros can practice their upswing at one of Greensboro’s sprawling courses including the West at Grandover Resort, Greensboro Country Club, and Gillespie Golf Course where 80 acres of rolling green offers fun for all skill levels. For some spectacular sightseeing, visitors can meander through tranquil botanical gardens or experience a fiery autumnal display on a fall foliage tour. North Carolina’s four-season climate and diverse landscape makes embarking on an outdoor excursion a year-round event.

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Cities For Art Lovers

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, or love getting lost in a gallery, there’s no need to go across the pond to experience spectacular museums, grand architecture, and awe-inspiring exhibits. There is no denying the mental, and visual benefits of being surrounded by art, and having the tangible experience of seeing it face to face. From the grandeur of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the iconic Smithsonian in D.C, some of the best destinations to channel your inner impressionist don’t require a passport.

Philadelphia
Rated one of the nation’s most cultural cities by Travel & Leisure, Philadelphia is a creative immersion, home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Avenue of the Arts is the epicenter of the city boasting five art venues including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Millennium Art Gallery. Listen to live music performances, or watch a dance show, savor the culinary arts, as well as enjoy Philly’s abundance of shops. This city is steeped in rich history and renown landmarks where a glimpse into the past is truly a work of art.

Experience Vermont’s Storybook Charm

Sweet apples, cooler days, and rustling leaves encompass all things fall, and few places evoke the crisp, brilliance of the season like Vermont. Located near the Canadian border, Vermont is synonymous with autumnal glory from its spectacular foliage, and historic covered bridges, to the flowing maple syrup that makes this storybook region the darling of New England. Whether it’s a picturesque hike surrounded by a showcase of trees, or taking a walk down memory lane to explore art galleries, and museums, dreams of the perfect fall getaway start here.

Vermont is the idyllic setting for outdoor recreation from bike riding through quaint villages, to cross country skiing. Take a breathtaking zipline canopy tour with ArborTrek Canopy Adventures, hike the Mount Mansfield state forest trails, or spend a scenic day on the golf course in popular cities like Stowe, and Manchester. Vermont’s impressive landscape is the perfect venue for experiencing an exhilarating outdoor adventure, or taking the dog for a stroll along waterfront park trails.

Badlands National Park Unlocks the Past

Badlands National Park is a geologic vision of painted canyons, pinnacles, and spires that have been carved by the forces of nature to create the 244,000 acre expanse of mystical natural beauty. Located east of the Black Hills in western South Dakota, the dramatic Badlands are a sight to behold, and the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and aspiring paleontologists. Once the home of the Lakota American Indians and ancient creatures including the saber toothed cat, this other worldly location is an experience not to be missed.

Each year millions of people flock to Badlands National Park to gaze out at the mesmerizing rock striations, with their soft pastel hues, and ever evolving sedimentary layers. The one-mile fossil bed exhibit trail takes visitors on a journey back in time through the White River Badlands to discover the fossilized remains of mammals dating back to ancient times, with guided tours, and hikes available to learn about the park’s rich history. For a look behind the scenes, The Fossil Preparation Lab gives an insider scientific view the park’s ancient discoveries.

Rocky Mountain National Park Evokes Pure Magic

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein.

There’s no denying the cathartic effect nature has on the mind and body, and one mountain retreat is known for being a place of true enlightenment. Attracting millions of visitors to its majestic, rugged beauty, Rocky Mountain National Park is a spectacular paradise where outdoor lovers will experience that signature Rocky Mountain High.

Since the Rocky Mountain National Park Act was signed in 1915, efforts to conserve and create what is now one our nation’s most sought after destinations has evolved into an almost infinite network of trails, roads, and diverse eco-systems inviting visitors to experience its unmatched spiritual beauty. Located within a few hours of Denver, nestled between Estes Park, and Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to breathtaking waterfalls, over 350 miles of hiking trails, and is a natural habitat for hundreds of wildlife, and plant species. More than 50 pristine lakes and streams ripple against the dense evergreen-studded shoreline, and offer the perfect venue for sports fishing, or enjoying a leisurely waterfront picnic.