Vancouver, Washington is a wonderful location for retirement living and senior care assistance. Retiring in this beautiful city is a perfect idea for people whose family members reside locally or anywhere from Seattle - to the north - or Portland, Oregon to the south.

Vancouver is actually the state of Washington's 4th largest city and truly has so much to offer. This rejuvenated town, with its distinct mix of new and historical architecture, provides all the amenities of a larger metropolis but with the attraction and hospitality of a smaller, cozier town. The downtown area is bustling with cafes with fabulous Northwest delicacies, art galleries, and a extensive range of retail stores including quaint boutiques and interesting antique shops.

You'll discover that not only does Vancouver provide the fun of a more popular, larger city but the town has a number of recreational activities, sight-seeing opportunities and escapades to please everyone of every age. Nearby, you can discover historic sights, take in a relaxing in a round of golf, enjoy wine tasting or even take in the sights of the Columbia River Gorge.

Those who enjoy walking will love the fact that just prior to the year 2000, Vancouver received the "Walkable Community Award" from Walking Magazine for its trail expansion and its support of their numerous walking groups.

Because of its location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, visitors and natives alike can bask in the fantastic summers, mild winters, fresh air and beautiful scenic views. This splendid town sits on the Columbia River directly across the river from Portland, Oregon which sits just 8 miles away, and as the natives can attest, is fabulous for its tax-free shopping!

Vancouver has been ranked one of the nation's best cities to live. Money magazine ranked Vancouver as one of the 100 best towns to live, just five years ago. That same year, 2005, First Lady Laura Bush designated Vancouver as a Preserve America Community for its preservation initiatives of the community’s cultural and natural heritage resources.

Vancouver provides a variety of traditional and cultural must-see places such as galleries and museums, as well as cultural preserves. In the early 2000's, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Vancouver to its list of America’s 12 Distinctive Destinations, an award presented on unparalleled and caringly preserved communities in the US.