Originally Posted by Gham
Nice trail,my wife suggested Iowa to retire too (in Michigan now) so I stumbled on this and was enjoying the rural picks!
While there are better states to live in if you want to ride off road I am not sure they are worth living in. We have lived in Colorado, New Mexico, California (northern and southern), Utah, Oregon, and now we are in Iowa. Every state has it's drawbacks. The expense of living in the other states is not worth it to us. Besides taxes, the housing prices alone are reason enough not to move back. The house we bought in NE IA would cost us ~$100k more in CO, ~$30k more in NM, forget CA, ~$50k more in UT, and ~$50k more in OR. Great places to VISIT, but we won't move back.
My suggestion: Retire in NE Iowa (NE Iowa is covered in trees and hills). Buy a Travel Trailer or 5th Wheel Trailer and travel. Works great for us.