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Mesquite, Nevada: Flashy casinos and rugged mountains wrapped into one

When most baby boomers retire, they're not only looking for a relaxing and quiet atmosphere, they're also looking for the non-stop excitement and entertainment that only bigger cities can offer. That's why living in areas such as Mesquite, Nevada, can be ideal - this quaint town has all of the necessities and is only 80 miles from Las Vegas.

With majestic mountains as a backdrop, Mesquite is home to the Del Webb retirement community Sun City Mesquite, where residents can hike, bike or drive an RV to gaze at the diverse landscape around them. The lush 18-hole championship golf course is set against the rugged scenery and featured gently ascending and descending elevations with multiple tee boxes to please every player.

Afraid that you won't be able to get your fill of the outdoors during retirement? This region of Nevada has an average of 330 sunny days a year, so if you feel like spending all day soaking up some rays or discovering a new trail, it's just a matter of deciding where you want to go.

With Las Vegas nearby, residents who want a dramatic change of pace can easily embark on a road trip to one of America's most exciting cities to catch a world-class show or try their luck at the slots.

Those who would rather stay closer to home but want to experience the rush of a wager don't have to look far, either - Mesquite hosts a few casinos of its own. The town also has a museum dedicated to early pioneers and the area's history, which will appeal to anyone looking to immerse themselves in the Wild West culture. The institution itself has been around since 1940 and is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. 

So, if you're looking for just the right balance of thrills and relaxation for retirement, and everything from deserts to mountains, big cities and small towns, Mesquite, Nevada, may be the ideal choice. 

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