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9 Great College Towns for a Fun Getaway — or Retirement

These vibrant cities, from Vermont to Oregon, have lots to offer visitors and residents of all ages

Downtown Eugene in the fall

Melanie Griffin / EugeneCascadesCoast.org

Eugene, Ore

En español | Time to go back to school? Increasing numbers of people 50 and older are learning that college communities offer year-round cultural and recreational opportunities, as well as amenities such as high-quality health care or a low cost of living. Whether for an enjoyable weekend or a fantastic roost for retirement, consider these appealing choices.


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Kitty Bean Yancey, a former USA Today deputy managing editor, is a travel writer and the winner of multiple Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers.

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