For some, retirement is a time to get back in touch with yourself, and express that self -- eccentricities and all. AARP has assembled a list of "quirky" retirement locations: places known for their free-spirited culture, ideal for the retiree looking for an open-minded, laid back vibe where you can be yourself.
Check out the slideshow below for the top five cities that made the list. Let us know if there's a city you'd recommend, and be sure to visit AARP's website for the rest!
1. Portland, OR
All the accolades, popularity and an IFC television show dedicated to the city, haven't altered what makes Portland special: The place is quirky to the core. Fueling this extended reign are, foremost, the type of people the city draws -- creative, free-spirited, stridently alternative -- and a well-supported slew of edgy local businesses.
2. Austin, TX
Long a traditional oasis of liberal edginess, originality remains a badge of pride in Austin, as do progressive political stances, green living, large and convenient parks, and artsy festivals.
3. Boulder, CO
The offbeat crowd mixes well with the town's many college kids, and they all enjoy abundant sunshine and proximity to a vast mountain playground.
4. Ulster County, N.Y.
The county is a funky string of artist-haven villages edged by vast swaths of bear-haven mountains, and strung prettily along the Hudson River. Of special note to retirees: Residents age 59 1/2 and older can take $20,000 a year from qualified pensions free of state income taxes, and all pensions are tax-free for retired military and government workers.
5. Providence, R.I.
The salt air may not cure all but it gives people who are prone to whimsy -- like retirees! -- an excellent excuse to throw caution to the wind.