Best cities to visit for empty nesters

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2:14:40 PM

Wherever business travel takes you, it's comforting to know that your destination city offers something beyond staff meetings and sales pitches. Media outlets like Forbes and Kiplinger have released large amounts of info on which cities offer the best attractions for baby boomers and empty nesters: If you have a say in your business travel destination, make sure to check out one of these hotspots.

Phoenix, Arizona, has long been a favorite for recent retirees and unhappy snowbirds. Arizona's warm weather is perfect for those whose bones have simply grown too tired of cold weather. Business travelers heading into the silver and golden years will love Phoenix's golf courses, sunshine and business-focused attitude.

Portland, Oregon, has always offered a certain offbeat something, but lately, its appeal has been undebatable. Empty nesters will love Portland's downtown area, which might remind them of their own college and 20-something days. Park your business travel car rental near the upscale Pearl District and set off on foot to explore the area's shops and restaurants - bring your laptop along, because the local coffee scene caters to business personnel on the go.

If you're lucky enough to be assigned business travel in the city of Madison, Wisconsin, you're in for a treat. Empty nesters might not relate to fraternity row's antics, but they will love downtown Madison's unique isthmus setting, variety of local shops and easygoing attitude.

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