No. 3: Utah
With stunning vistas and diverse terrain, Utah will invigorate the senses and stir your muse. It's home to excellent national parks such as Bryce Canyon and Zion. The state also boasts some of the best skiing in the country, and Park City hosts the Sundance Film Festival every winter.
It's also a haven for retirees. Utah received high scores in all the categories that Bankrate considered. The state's health care quality and Well-Being Index rankings were especially high and its cost of living relatively low.
And, like other states in the West, Utah was ranked as one of the milder states in the country. With an average humidity of 55.5 percent, Utah is neither too wet nor too dry. And some parts of the state are soaked with nearly year-round sunshine.