If life’s been stressing you out, it may be time for you to take a vacation.
Steer clear of those overbooked, action-packed vacations and instead take a trip that will provide you with true relaxation. A myriad of destinations can help you unwind and leave you feeling absolutely refreshed.
Take a look at some of the most relaxing vacation spots in the U.S.—they’re just as beautiful as they are rejuvenating. You’ll never want to leave!
1. Telluride, Colorado
We’re obsessed with the idea of a weekend of utter relaxation and simplicity—and there are a lot of relaxing ways to spend your weekend in Telluride. Take in the sights (dinner atop a 14,000-foot mountain, anyone?) or just breathe in the fresh air on your vacation rental patio. However, you decide to spend your vacation, there’s a relaxing way to do it in Telluride.
2. Carova Beach, North Carolina
A lot of people head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to relax, but Carova Beach is where they go for the ultimate reconnection with nature. The northernmost outpost is stunningly serene—you have to take a 4×4 vehicle to get there; there are no hotels or stores; and the roads are just sand. You must see the wild horses there—it’s like a scene out of a movie.
3. Stowe, Vermont
Vermont in general is a beautiful place to visit, but Stowe gives you everything that is quintessentially Vermont. From mountains, rivers, and covered bridges to horseback rides, ski resorts, and spa getaways, there’s something for everyone. The food’s amazing, the drinks are endless, and the people are so welcoming that you’ll think you’ve lived there for years.
4. Lenox, Massachusetts
At first glance, this town may not catch your eye, but that’s exactly why it’s perfect for this list. There’s not too much going on, so you won’t be overwhelmed with activities, and you’ll truly get to relax and reconnect. Canyon Ranch, a wellness retreat chain that won’t be crowded with celebrities, allows you to spend time focusing on yourself—solitary activities are their specialty.
5. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
An artsy alcove on the California coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea has gorgeous ocean views, and Big Sur is practically its backyard. Stay at a quaint inn and take in everything Carmel has to offer, from wineries to art galleries. You’re sure to find a way to unwind here; head to Carmel Beach for some Vitamin D, and you’ll begin to visibly relax.
6. Kennebunkport, Maine
One of the country’s most dedicated Christmas towns, Kennebunkport is a fabulous spot any time of the year. In the summertime, it boasts beautiful scenery, quiet beaches, and plenty of charming hotels to stay at. While the colder seasons are picture-perfect, Kennebunkport is always glimmering no matter the holiday. You’ll never want to leave this storybook town.
7. Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Head to the Olympic Peninsula if you’re a true nature-lover. Here you can camp at Olympic National Park and truly embrace the immense beauty of Washington. If camping isn’t your thing, the small-town feel is more than enough of a reason to visit. You’ll find relaxing retreats, quaint inns, and cute cabins, and they all focus on a reconnection between nature and your mind and body.