When the railroads started coming into Ottawa in 1868, the area blossomed. The only legacies of those railroads today are the 200 miles of rail trails running around the outskirts of town.
But walk down Ottawa's Main Street and you'll still get a feel for the era, with dozens of historical buildings peppering the landscape.
While Ottawa doesn't lack for festivals, farmers' markets, and amenities, retirees looking for more options for shopping, medical care, or cultural activities needn't go far. Overland Park is about 40 miles to the northeast, and Kansas City is just beyond that.
Think you might want to move once you're no longer chained to a desk? This quiz can help point you in the right direction.