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Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

Because vacation time and a respite from daily life are hard to come by, U.S. News Travel ranked the best domestic destinations for maximizing your days off. This list spans locations that are on the beach or among nature, yet nearby and easily accessible for U.S. travelers. In addition to considering these factors, we compiled our rankings based on the views of travel experts and thousands of readers — now cast your vote below to weigh in on next year's list. 

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Why Go: The scent of the leis or Kona coffee, 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: 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»

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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 as they explore hiking trails and lakes. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Yellowstone

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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 opportunities for horseback riding, windsurfing and fishing. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Outer Banks

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Why Go: Naples, Fla., 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»

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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 or pamper yourself with a replenishing spa treatment before retreating to a boutique resort hidden in Sedona's landscape for some respite. Read More»

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Why Go: With opportunities to unwind at the spa and meander lazily through art galleries, Santa Fe is one of the most relaxing destinations in the Southwest. On the downside, accommodations can be pricey; those looking to relax on a shoestring might be disappointed. Read More»

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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 Lanai

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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: a joyful train ride, gourmet dining, heavenly spas and cozy hotels. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Napa Valley

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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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Maui

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Why Go: Martha's Vineyard stands as hideaway for the rich and famous, including President Obama and actors Bill Murray and Reese Witherspoon, but that's not the picturesque 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: This small island off the South Carolinian coast is tailor-made for R&R. When you're not hitting golf balls, you can spend your days lounging on the sands of Alder Lane or Coligny Beach. When nighttime rolls around, you can enjoy a plate of seafood and a refreshing drink. Read More»

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