Scenic tourist towns such as Gunnison, CO are common in many parts of the US

Scenic tourist towns such as Gunnison, CO are common in many parts of the US


We all know the US economy is not the greatest right now. Many people have lost their jobs and can’t find new ones. Many people are thinking about moving elsewhere. One possibility is moving to a popular scenic tourist town.

Many scenic tourist towns such as Fruita, CO have beautifully reconstructed old buildings

Many scenic tourist towns such as Fruita, CO have beautifully reconstructed old buildings


Some of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been are quaint tourist towns in scenic areas. While the economy in many areas may be miserable, tourist towns typically do quite well financially because they are desirable places to visit and live. I’ve always been particularly drawn to the old town areas that have very charming architecture. This is where you’ll find friendly family restaurants and shops with interesting things such as antiques, old books, local crafts, juice bars, health food stores, sporting goods, etc. Some of these towns are particularly popular because they are near large national forests, large reservoirs that attract many fishermen, as well as ski resorts, popular hunting areas, peaks and hiking and biking trails. This helps create a diverse year-round economy, not just summer tourism.

Property in town is usually expensive, but the prices often drop as you get farther outside town. One option is to fix up an old building until you can save up to build your dream home. Tip: you can check real estate listings online to get a good idea of cost and availability. Obviously some tourist towns are very exclusive and extremely expensive.

In addition to tourist related businesses, some tourist towns also have state colleges, clinics, and other businesses.
Gunnison image: Mountain West
Fruita, Colorado image: Teton Gravity


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Moving to Scenic Tourist Towns — 2 Comments

  1. Also look for YouTube channels that showcase areas you might want to live in. Here’s an interesting channel about a lady in a tiny house in northern Wyoming (probably near Yellowstone). Land is super expensive there, but still you can learn a lot by watching these videos. Here’s one about how she got a loan for her tiny house and is now nearly debt free.

  2. One big advantage of living in these areas is great outdoor recreation. Plus, the over all environment will be much cleaner than cities, and people in general are way more laid back.

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