Colorado, Virginia on Fortune's list of best retirement spots

Older adults of today have a much different attitude toward aging than those of previous generations. From their emphasis on exercise to staying in the workforce longer, they are helping reshape the way the public views growing older. The same is true for how seniors are approaching retirement communities. In years past, they may have relocated to Arizona or Florida, but now they are looking for much more than a warm climate.

"Retirees today are looking at it with a sense of adventure as opposed to a sense of inevitability," retirement consultant Maria Dwight told Fortune, which recently published its picks for the best places to retire.

When it comes to small cities, the publication pointed to Richmond, Virginia, as an ideal retirement location. Not only is it located just a short distance from Washington, D.C., but the city of about 204,000 has been cultivating a sterling reputation as a hub of culture and good food. Additionally, it is home to a number of colleges and universities, so it is well-suited for retirees looking to head back to the classroom.

Mountain locations may not seem like a popular destination, but Fortune says today's retirees have become increasingly likely to live in mountain communities thanks to the array of outdoor activities they offer. Colorado retirement communities are one such place, the town of Fort Collins in particular. The mid-size city is an ideal location for skiers and golfers alike.

Of course, it's hard to deny the draw of big cities, and according to Fortune, Boston is one of the best places for older adults. The Massachusetts capital has everything from lifelong learning opportunities to optimal healthcare - both of which are important to many retirees.