15 Of The Most Relaxing Vacation Spots In America

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Too often, we do vacation the same way we do life: overbooked, over-programmed and hopelessly plugged into engineering. It takes purpose and often an epic location to plan a journey that renders true relaxation.

These are just the places to do so. Whether your suggestion of relaxation is a quiet mountain hike, a beachside snooze or a cooking class, this lineup has got you encompassed. Take a seem, then take a break.

1 Olympic National Park, Washington

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An acoustic ecologist determined that the quietest spot in the lower 48 is right here, in Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rain Forest. Hike or camp inside the park, letting its lush groves, rugged beaches and lack of human-prompted noise relieve your being.

1 Olympic National Park, Washington

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An acoustic ecologist determined that the quietest spot in the lower 48 is right here, in Olympic National Park’s Hoh Rain Forest. Hike or camp inside the park, letting its lush groves, rugged beaches and lack of human-prompted noise relieve your being.

2 Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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This sprawling Southern mountain range offers scenic fly fishing and horseback riding with a luxurious twist: Blackberry Farm, a luxury resort in the foothills, has a collecting of charming bungalows and one of the best destination cooking grades in the country.

2 Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

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This sprawling Southern mountain range offers scenic fly fishing and horseback riding with a luxurious twist: Blackberry Farm, a luxury resort in the foothills, has a collecting of charming bungalows and one of the best destination cooking grades in the country.

3 Sedona, Arizona

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Its spas are consistently ranked among the best in America, and Sedona’s stunning Red Rock Country is a natural soul-soother, too. The New York Times named this desert getaway one of the top places to visit this year, thanks in part to warm weather and new eateries.

3 Sedona, Arizona

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Its spas are consistently ranked among the best in America, and Sedona’s stunning Red Rock Country is a natural soul-soother, too. The New York Times named this desert getaway one of the top places to visit this year, thanks in part to warm weather and new eateries.

4 Cayo Costa, Florida

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This forested, primitive island on the lower Gulf coast is accessible simply by boat, stimulating it a tranquil flee from Florida’s buzzier beaches. Miles of gorgeous coastline get rave reviews from guests who vouch for the freshening deficiency of mob.

4 Cayo Costa, Florida

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This forested, primitive island on the lower Gulf coast is accessible simply by boat, stimulating it a tranquil flee from Florida’s buzzier beaches. Miles of gorgeous coastline get rave reviews from guests who vouch for the freshening deficiency of mob.

5 Killington, Vermont

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New Life Hiking Spa arrives highly recommended as one of the nation’s best spas, offering daily treks through Vermont’s Green Mountains. In wintertime, chief to Killington Ski Resort for a snow-dusted getaway.

5 Killington, Vermont

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New Life Hiking Spa arrives highly recommended as one of the nation’s best spas, offering daily treks through Vermont’s Green Mountains. In wintertime, chief to Killington Ski Resort for a snow-dusted getaway.

6 Boulder, Colorado

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In one of America’s least-stressed metropolis, the Pearl Street Mall and a wide range of eateries render plenty of low-key shopping and dining possibilities. Hit the Flatirons — those majestic sandstone formations in the distance — if you’re a fan of climbing, hiking or picnics.

6 Boulder, Colorado

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In one of America’s least-stressed metropolis, the Pearl Street Mall and a wide range of eateries render plenty of low-key shopping and dining possibilities. Hit the Flatirons — those majestic sandstone formations in the distance — if you’re a fan of climbing, hiking or picnics.

7 Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

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Gates of the Arctic is one of America’s least-visited national park and ideal if moving off the grid is your relaxation objective. With no roads or visitor services, the massive slice of Alaskan backcountry leaves travelers to camp, canoe and explore in total peace.

7 Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

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Gates of the Arctic is one of America’s least-visited national park and ideal if moving off the grid is your relaxation objective. With no roads or visitor services, the massive slice of Alaskan backcountry leaves travelers to camp, canoe and explore in total peace.

8 Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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This artsy hideout on the Monterey Peninsula counts Big Sur for a backyard. Explore a manageable spread of small-town stores and galleries, then take a road down to the beach. Little inns and lodges let you fall asleep to the voice of waves.

8 Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

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This artsy hideout on the Monterey Peninsula counts Big Sur for a backyard. Explore a manageable spread of small-town stores and galleries, then take a road down to the beach. Little inns and lodges let you fall asleep to the voice of waves.

9 Seattle, Washington

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If settling in with a good book sounds like relaxation to you, then tour Seattle’s neighborhood coffee shops to find a cozy nook. Seattle is also one of America’s fittest metropolis, with plenty of scenic operating roads for an active breaking.

9 Seattle, Washington

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If settling in with a good book sounds like relaxation to you, then tour Seattle’s neighborhood coffee shops to find a cozy nook. Seattle is also one of America’s fittest metropolis, with plenty of scenic operating roads for an active breaking.

10 Kauai, Hawaii

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If the view from famous Tunnels Beach isn’t dazzling enough, just ask locals for directions to one of the secret beaches along Kauai’s shore. Small island developing is more rural and loosened than, mention, Maui, with one of the world’s best surf townships for those who find zen on a board.

10 Kauai, Hawaii

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If the view from famous Tunnels Beach isn’t dazzling enough, just ask locals for directions to one of the secret beaches along Kauai’s shore. Small island developing is more rural and loosened than, mention, Maui, with one of the world’s best surf townships for those who find zen on a board.

11 Traverse City, Michigan

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Country Living calls this the most alluring beach township in country. It isn’t hard to see why: Wineries and breweries abound, and the annual Cherry Festival is an adorable dosage of Americana. Unfold a beach chair on the shores of Lake Michigan, and let your obsess run.

11 Traverse City, Michigan

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Country Living calls this the most alluring beach township in country. It isn’t hard to see why: Wineries and breweries abound, and the annual Cherry Festival is an adorable dosage of Americana. Unfold a beach chair on the shores of Lake Michigan, and let your obsess run.

12 Austin, Texas

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To some, relaxation means going out on the cities, with live music and brew as fuel. To others, it’s paddling or operating along a reservoir, then kicking back in a funky Airbnb. Luckily, Austin has all of the above.

12 Austin, Texas

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To some, relaxation means going out on the cities, with live music and brew as fuel. To others, it’s paddling or operating along a reservoir, then kicking back in a funky Airbnb. Luckily, Austin has all of the above.

13 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Stunning beliefs make this place a hit with backcountry campers who strive solitude. Visit this August for your best shot of catching a total solar eclipse — America’s first in 38 years! — in full force.

13 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Stunning beliefs make this place a hit with backcountry campers who strive solitude. Visit this August for your best shot of catching a total solar eclipse — America’s first in 38 years! — in full force.

14 The Boundary Waters, Minnesota

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This rugged wilderness in northeast Minnesota is perfect for those who crave limited cell service and plentiful tranquilize. Stay in a campsite or lodge in the towns of Ely, then take a canoe out into the maze of interconnected lakes for an adventure you’ll never forget.

14 The Boundary Waters, Minnesota

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This rugged wilderness in northeast Minnesota is perfect for those who crave limited cell service and plentiful tranquilize. Stay in a campsite or lodge in the towns of Ely, then take a canoe out into the maze of interconnected lakes for an adventure you’ll never forget.

15 Chatham, Massachusetts

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Seal watching, birding and shopping are top activities in this upscale fishing township on the “elbow” of Cape Cod. From tide pools to canoeing to tiny beaches, the coastline gives relaxation of all sorts.