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Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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You work hard for your vacation days, and you deserve a little R&R. With that in mind, U.S. News used expert input and reader votes to rank the best domestic destinations for maximizing your days off. Destinations range from quiet to to natural wonders, all of which are easily accessible for U.S. travelers. Cast your vote below to weigh in on next year's list. 

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#1 Maui

#1 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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 shorelines to satisfy everyone. Read More »

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#2 Lake Tahoe

#2 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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

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#3 Hawaii - The Big Island

#3 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

Why go: The scent of Kona coffee, the sound of waves crashing ashore, the sight of bubbling red lava, the feel of soft sand – need we say more? The Big Island encompasses the best of the Hawaiian islands without the thick crowds found on Oahu and Maui. Read More »

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#4 Outer Banks

#4 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

Why go: The Outer Banks went unnoticed by the general public for a long time. For this reason, the beaches here are without boardwalks, spring breakers or monstrous resorts. Instead, OBX will treat you to wide stretches of sand and ample chances for various beach activities. Read More »

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#5 Yellowstone

#5 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

Why go: The scenery – composed of waterfalls, geysers and tons of greenery – is a natural elixir for stress. The park offers few for those seeking solace in the great indoors, but nature-lovers are guaranteed a good dose of fresh air, making it the best place to recharge their batteries. Read More »

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#6 Napa Valley

#6 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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 its other awesome distractions: gourmet dining, heavenly spas and cozy hotels. Read More »

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#7 Sedona

#7 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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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#8 Lana'i

#8 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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 »

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#9 Palm Springs

#9 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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 should include lots of sunbathing, golfing or hiking at the many nearby natural landscapes. Read More »

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#10 Savannah

#10 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

Why Go: Savannah's charm is so palpable it can quickly quell even the most restless of minds. Get immersed in the Savannah's rich history or stroll the Spanish moss-filled sanctuaries that are the town's picturesque parks and you'll soon feel any and all stresses wash away. Read More »

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#11 Martha's Vineyard

#11 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

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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#12 Hilton Head

#12 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA

Why go: This small island off the South Carolina coast is tailor-made for R&R. When you're not hitting the links, you can spend your days lounging on the sands of Alder Lane or Coligny Beach. When nighttime rolls around, indulge a plate of seafood and a refreshing drink. Read More »

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