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Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

You work hard for your vacation days, and you deserve a little R&R. With that in mind, U.S. News ranked the best domestic destinations for maximizing your days off. This list of vacation spots ranges from quiet beaches to natural wonders, all of which are nearby and easily accessible for U.S. travelers. Based on reader votes and expert input, we compiled this list to help you start planning your next getaway. Cast your vote below to weigh in on next year's list. 

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Why go: The scent of Kona coffee, the sound of waves reaching the shore, the sight of bubbling red lava, the feel of soft sand — is there any need to go on? The Big Island encompasses the best of the Hawaiian islands without the thick crowds found on Oahu and Maui. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Hawaii - The Big Island

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Why go: Maui's golden beaches and luxurious resorts make this Hawaiian island a favorite among vacationers. Though you'll find more crowds here than you would on Lanai or the Big Island, Maui's got enough golden sand to satisfy everyone. Read More»

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Why go: Some of the USVI's beaches — like sandy Trunk Bay and secluded Magens Bay — are considered the most scenic and unspoiled in the Caribbean. Life moves at a slower pace here, and you can breathe easy knowing you don't have to deal with international travel. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in U.S. Virgin Islands

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Why go: The Outer Banks were long unnoticed by the general public. For this reason, the beaches here are sans boardwalks, spring breakers or monstrous resorts. Instead, OBX will treat you to wide stretches of sand and ample chances for horseback riding, windsurfing and fishing. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Outer Banks

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Why go: Something about the red rocks and mystical vortexes erases all the worries visitors bring with them to Sedona. You can enjoy casual hikes, shop for Southwestern art or pamper yourself with a replenishing spa treatment at one of the tiny town's upscale resorts. Read More»

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Why go: Unwinding with a glass of wine is more than a pastime in Napa Valley — it's a lifestyle. And if a little vino won't relax you, then you need only look to the other available distractions: gourmet dining, heavenly spas and cozy hotels. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Napa Valley

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Why go: The scenery — composed of waterfalls, geysers and abundant greenery — is a natural elixir for stress. Yellowstone offers nothing for travelers who find solace in the great indoors, but nature-lovers are ensured a recharging of batteries and a good dose of fresh air. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Yellowstone

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Why go: With the lake spanning over 200 miles, visitors can enjoy everything from hiking to fishing to boating, all while taking in the beautiful scenery. If you're visiting in winter, you can expect to hit the slopes or just curl up in front of a fire. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Lake Tahoe

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Why go: The Hawaiian islands are inherently relaxing, but Lanai elevates "taking it easy" to the next level. You won't find a single stop light, long line or crowded beach. Expect to be waited on hand and foot at your hotel and to be left alone on the island's remote beaches. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Lana'i

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Why go: Martha's Vineyard stands as a hideaway for the rich and famous, including President Obama and actors Bill Murray and Reese Witherspoon. But that's not the island's only draw. The Vineyard is home to scenic nature trails, sandy beaches and quiet seaside hotels. Read More»

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Why go: The middle of the California desert is the perfect place to get away from it all. Palm Springs has a laid-back yet sophisticated feel for those looking to indulge. A visit here includes a lot of sunbathing or hitting the links. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Palm Springs

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Why go: Naples practically begs you to leave your children at home. Doing so leaves more time for a golf game, a spa session and sunbathing. Plus, Naples will give you a chance to exercise your credit card with plenty of gallery-hopping and high-end shopping. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Naples

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