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In Flagstaff, it’s the mountains you notice first. The San Francisco Peaks loom over the Arizona city, topping out at 12,633-foot Humphreys Peak, the state’s highest point. This time of year, the peaks are covered with snow; in summer, their aspen stands glow green, and in fall, the trees marble the slopes with gold and orange. For people looking to relocate for their postcareer life, Flagstaff is a great choice. The city’s setting—at the base of those mountains, with the Grand Canyon 90 minutes away—makes it as good as any in the West for outdoor recreation. But Flagstaff has a diverse economy: tourism, education (it’s home to Northern Arizona University), and government offices. The robust economy brings amenities like shopping and restaurants. And that means if you decide you really aren’t finished with working life, you have options for full- or part-time work.