Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA
You work hard for your vacation days, so you deserve a little rest and relaxation. With that in mind, U.S. News used expert input and reader votes to rank the best domestic destinations for maximizing your days off. From quiet seaside retreats to historic hideaways, all of these locales are easily accessible for U.S. travelers. Cast your vote below to weigh in on next year's list.
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Savannah's charm is so palpable it can quickly quell even the most restless of minds. Immerse yourself in Savannah's rich history or stroll the Spanish moss-filled squares and you'll soon feel any and all stresses wash away. Unwind at the end of the day with a delicious farm-to-table meal at one of its many top restaurants.
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Once home to wealthy families like the Vanderbilts, Newport, Rhode Island, now beckons to travelers who want to unwind by the water. Tour mega-mansions such as The Breakers and Rough Point, and for an extra dose of relaxation, book a massage or facial at one of the quaint day spas in town. Then, hop in a sailboat or stroll the scenic Cliff Walk.
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Kennebunkport is a popular vacation spot for many East Coast-based travelers and with beautiful scenery and quiet beaches, it's easy to see why. Before retreating to one of the town's quaint hotels, you can spend your days lounging on white sand beaches and savoring some of Maine's fresh seafood.
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The best way to relax in this small southern city is to take advantage of its namesake hot springs at a local bath house. The mineral bathing ritual is said to have healing properties, which leaves visitors feeling rejuvenated. Travelers can also enjoy a round of golf or go for a stroll through Hot Springs National Park before retiring to their charming bed-and-breakfast.
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Nantucket's laid-back atmosphere and isolated beachfront setting will instantly calm you. When you're not biking the area's cobblestone streets, read a book and relax on the beach or look for osprey while hiking Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge's trails.
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With excellent year-round weather, Sanibel Island is a relaxing vacation destination during any season. The beautiful white sand beaches beckon to sun-seekers while the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge appeals to travelers who like to hike or bike to become one with nature. Book a sunset cruise to really take in the beauty of this Florida beach retreat.
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Martha's Vineyard stands as a hideaway for the rich and famous, including former President Barack Obama and actors Bill Murray and Reese Witherspoon. But that's not the island's only draw. The Vineyard is home to picturesque nature trails, sandy beaches and quiet seaside hotels.
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is best known for its historic battlefield, but the town also boasts a multitude of relaxing pursuits. Following a horseback riding excursion or a treatment at a local spa, vacationers can visit central Gettysburg for a wine tasting or some retail therapy.
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Kiawah Island#9 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA
Golfing the many scenic courses on Kiawah Island and relaxing on the miles-long stretches of sand are the best ways to enjoy Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Nothing beats reading a good book or soaking up the sun while admiring the waves lapping at the coastline. What's more, water lovers can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking through the local waterways.
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Carmel Beach#10 in Best Relaxing Getaways in the USA
Picturesque Carmel Beach is known for its soft white sand and incredible sunsets. Pack a picnic with some snacks and drinks and spend the day lounging before admiring the sinking sun. The beach is also backed by a scenic path perfect for morning strolls, plus nearby Pebble Beach is a bucket list-worthy course for golfers.
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