The best relaxing vacation destinations can vary for different individuals.
Some may like the mountains, with a wide array of foliage to ease a troubled mind and an aching body.
Others prefer a beautiful lake environment for their revitalization efforts.
Still, others will choose a specific resort whose sole purpose is geared towards relaxation and rest.
But where do you find these lesser known, off-the-beaten-path vacation havens?
Today, we have at our fingertips so many resources to assist us in our search. From social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, to the powerful Google web portal.
In this article, I will give you a few examples I found from the categories above…
Go Jump In The Lake
Well, maybe not literally, depending on the time of year! LOL
But spending some moments near a peaceful, serene lake can do wonders for the body, mind, and soul.
Though scientists haven’t discovered exactly why, that “blue space” has always seemed to make us calmer and able to think more clearly.
Maybe it’s a deep sense of awe we feel taking in such pristine beauty. Perhaps it is a spiritual connection that releases us from our everyday worries and concerns…
Whatever the explanation may be, I just know I feel extremely carefree and laid-back sitting by a lake.
How about you? Agree?
Then here are some awesome destinations you might really enjoy:
1. Mono Lake, CA
Talk about your large bodies of water!
Measuring a whopping 69.5 square miles in size, this shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California fills up a natural basin to create a huge type of inland sea.
It happened around 760,000 years ago, so its historical value is significant.
Because there is no outlet for the lake, a high amount of salts have built up in the water. Heck, it even smells like the ocean:)
The area notably features unusual limestone formations along the shoreline. People are drawn from all over to check out these odd structures, and they are quite captivating.
Visitors can also enjoy the scenic, snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains reflected in Mono’s sparkling surface.
If you like birds and taking pictures of nature at its finest, this place is a paradise!
Hike along the many trails, or even do some kayaking for a relaxing bit of exercise.
And don’t worry, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts close by, as well as other comfortable lodging to rest after a long day in these parts.
2. Sylvan Lake, South Dakota
We have to thank Theodore Reder for this beautiful refuge. He built a dam across Sunday Gulch Creek way back in 1881 which created Sylvan Lake.
To this day it remains a popular spot for:
- trail hiking
- going for a swim
- rock climbing
- small boat or paddle boat rentals
As a matter of fact, it was even highlighted in Disney’s 2007 film “National Treasure: Book Of Secrets.”
The combination of breathtaking scenery and its comprehensive display of wildlife make it an ideal location to relax and unwind.
Go for a hike around the lake. With a distance of about 1.1 miles, you can take your time and really enjoy the experience. Our younger generation might even like climbing on the various rock structures along the perimeter.
Oh, and make sure you have plenty of data space available on your phone…you will be taking lots of pics to share with your friends on social media! (After the trip!) LOL
3. Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe Nevada
Lake Tahoe can boast a claim of being the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. (Just kidding. It’s a body of water, it can’t boast anything silly! (HaHa)
Situated on the lake’s northeastern section is a Stae Park highlighted by Sand Harbor Beach.
If you’ve had enough of the sun and surf, this pristine beach can be an ideal destination. There are pines and cedar trees to provide comforting shade, and a picnic area including barbecues and tables.
With plenty of activities to partake in such as scuba diving, water sports, and fishing, it’s no wonder over a million people visit the park every year.
I particularly find the backdrop of mountains over the water, while sitting on the beach, quite majestic.
In such an environment, one can’t help but let go of all negativity.
Step Into The Wilderness
If you live in the city, like myself, you can often lose touch with the natural beauty of the Earth.
That’s why planning a getaway to an uncrowded spot far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, can be a perfect idea.
After a short while your brain will begin to quiet down. Your tensions melt away. All of your senses will begin operating at optimal levels once again.
You may even shed your business suit for a loincloth! (Okay, maybe I’ve gone too far on that one!!! LMAO)
But seriously, spending some quiet time in the wilderness is a great alternative to common vacation destinations, when seeking relaxation and rest.
Here are a few suggestions…
1. The Poconos, PA
I chose to begin with this remarkable, wooded acreage because it is not far from where I live.
There are just so many things to do in this mountainous region, I don’t know where to start! But since this post is directed towards relaxation on vacation, I’ll just focus on that topic.
How about horseback riding on some beautiful, scenic trails? With plenty of local stables and ranches scattered about, you’ll have no trouble finding one to accommodate your needs. And what a great way to forget any worries:)
Next, check out the nearby waterfalls, such as Bushkill, Dingmans, Silverthread, and others.
Or perhaps you’d like to raft or tube on The Delaware River…kayaks and canoes are also popular.
I’ve even heard about a train car ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. Soak up breathtaking views of wildlife lurking in the mountains, formidable cliffs, and those waterfalls mentioned above. Imagine how awesome this trip would be in the fall, with the picturesque colored leaves everywhere…
2. Stowe, Vermont
True, hard-core adventurers will find plenty to do here at the foot of Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield. But you lovers of all things quaint will not be disappointed.
It’s a year-round getaway comprised of rivers, covered bridges, spas, and mountains that you can ski in the winter…and hike in the summer.
The Stowe Recreation Path has won quite a few awards.
Relish in spectacular views along this 5.3 mile trail anytime of the year, especially in the autumn months.
As you stroll through the village, you may even begin to feel as if you’ve entered a storybook atmosphere. Let go of those inhibitions, laugh, smile for no reason…no one will care in this “neck of the woods.”
And believe it or not, this charming little community is also is reputed to have a food scene for almost all culinary curiosities. It ranks up there with the best in the New England area!
You can find everything from Mexican, Italian, Thai, and sushi, to wood-fired and Austrian dishes too.
I know one of my favorite things about going on vacation is trying out the local eateries. I like sampling stuff I haven’t had before, and this is a perfect place to do just that.
If your direct incentive is to relieve stress and anxiety, then choosing a resort getaway specifically geared towards this ambition is a great idea for a most relaxing vacation.
I found a couple you might consider, but there are so many more to choose from with a proper search.
1) L’auberge De Sedona (Sedona, AZ)
The mid-western region of the United States has always been revered for its wide-open spaces and natural beauty.
Sitting on the banks of Oak Creek, in the middle of Sedona, is a place called L’auberge De Sedona.
Here you can connect with your inner self, relax, and heal old wounds on the soul.
They have 62 luxury cottages, and 21 lodge-style guest rooms to accommodate travelers.
If you’re fortunate enough to secure a private, creekside cabin, you will bask in spectacular natural landscapes. These abodes also come with a Jacuzzi, fireplace, and porch to spend some pleasurable moments, I’m sure.
For the adventurous among you, the resort can also arrange a hot air balloon ride or helicopter flight over the expansive desert.
Those who prefer their feet a little closer to the ground, can book a driving tour of The Grand Canyon.
After a visit here, you cannot help but feel more harmonious with the earth and spiritually alive!
2) Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttaranchal, India
Individuals who would like one-on-one guided meditation sessions, indoors or outside, which will incorporate yogic breathing methods and Buddhist teachings, will certainly find solace here.
These sessions can last for an hour, or fill up your entire afternoon or morning.
Though this region is steeped in ancient mystical traditions, this facility is a bit more modern. It features a 24,000 square foot spa, meditation and yoga pavilions placed among gardens, and an elegant tea lounge with an antique billiards room in former resident Maharajah’s palace.
The 78 luxurious rooms, suites, and villas feature large windows to scope out the mountain scenery. They additionally come with minibars and a TV, which you normally wouldn’t find in this sort of retreat.
It’s a place to restore and refresh, without totally losing touch with your former world.
The above ideas are just meant to open up your own creativity.
They’re what I came up with while seeking out the best relaxing vacation destinations.
But I’m sure there are so many more cool places like this in all parts of the world. It’s just a matter of looking beyond the norm, and uncovering a whole new experience.
Once in a while it’s good to pursue activities that will benefit our well-being…even on vacation!
I would love to hear your views on this subject, and also any little-known, tranquil destinations you may have discovered.