Top 10 of the Most Relaxing Vacation Destinations in USA 

Cannon Beach

This northern Oregon jewel was meant for escape. To avoid parking and ride-share issues, explore this town on foot, whether you're browsing art galleries or hiking in Ecola State Park. 

Pagosa Spring

Active outdoor types Pagosa Springs, a mountain community in southwest Colorado, offers great hiking and river rafting as well as more relaxing activities. 

Amelia Island

Amelia Island offers horseback riding on the beach, paddleboarding on sparkling inlets, and walking past Victorian buildings. Unspoiled beaches await on this Florida barrier island near Georgia.

Carmel-by-the-Sea

Picturesque The wealthy hamlet of Carmel-by-the-Sea on California's central coast is a storybook setting for a stress-free vacation. Visit Carmel Beach for its smooth white sand and stunning sunsets after strolling around.

Gatlinburg

For a quiet getaway with mountain views and nature, rent a cabin in the Gatlinburg woods. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most driveable, is accessible from Gatlinburg via Newfound Gap Road or the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. 

Savannah

Savannah's appeal calms even the most restless. Whether you explore this Georgia town's rich history or stroll the Spanish moss-filled squares, your worries will melt away.

Hot Springs, AR

This Arkansas town's hot springs are best enjoyed in a local bath house like Buckstaff Bathhouse or Quapaw Baths & Spa on Bathhouse Row. Mineral bathing is said to invigorate tourists.

Laguna Beach

Retreat to Laguna Beach and live Southern California's laid-back lifestyle. For outdoor relaxation, this Orange County destination has near-perfect weather year-round and luxurious resorts.

Topsail Island

Relaxation is easy on this 26-mile North Carolina barrier island. Stay on the island's crowd-free beaches and look for dolphins and sea turtles. Ride a riverboat or take an environmental tour on the Intracoastal Waterway when you're not in the sand. 

Nantucket

Nantucket's tranquility and isolated seashore will relax you. Steps Beach's calm surf and stunning vistas are ideal for lounging on the warm sand while reading the latest Elin Hilderbrand novel. 

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