As the pressures of everyday living add up, you may be looking for a escape to restore your tranquility and balance. But where can you go to get that health and energy boost necessary for your overall health? Here are ten ideas for your consideration.
Key West is a Florida getaway that makes you feel as if you’re not even in the U.S. anymore. It’s filled with beaches, strange people and a vibe that’s all about relaxation. Whether you’re going solo, or with a loved one, you can take a boat tour, visit Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park, ooh and aah at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and lie in the sun at Smathers Beach.
If you’re on the West Coast, Napa Valley, California is a fantastic weekend getaway for you and a companion. There are few more beautiful places in the U.S., as Napa undulates with green vineyards, and rolling hills. And you don’t have to be a wine expert to take a tour, sample the offerings and just chill in the pace and quiet of a vineyard.
Arizona is known as a ‘desert state,’ but the truth is more complex, because there are numerous scenic locations here that are perfect for a relaxing trip that can reinvigorate you. Located about an hour’s drive north of Phoenix, Sedona is arrayed with gorgeous red rocks, buttes and hills that are made for hiking and walking. But if you don’t feel up to a lot of activity, chill at the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa, where you can get a full-body massage and eat decadent food.
East Coast lifers will enjoy taking a break from the fast-moving city life and heading to this slow-down-and-smell-the-roses Massachusetts cape and peninsula that offers more than 50 miles of coastline. Cape Cod’s main vibe is about jumping off the treadmill of life, and enjoying the bed-and-breakfast life. Take long, leisurely walks, enjoy the sand dunes and bike trails and forests and just remember why nature is its own reward.
Monterey, California is a city in Monterey Bay in the central part of the state. It has less than 30,000 inhabitants, and it features breathtaking views of the ocean. Monterey is an ideal weekend getaway for couples that want to renew their intimacy, enjoy gorgeous scenery and eat wonderful seafood that tastes authentic. You can also tour some of the nearby vineyards in Carmel Valley, book a round of golf, visit a health spa for a day of pampering and shop at Carmel-by-the-Sea, a coastal village with small cafes where you can people watch and enjoy the serenity of a world that moves at its own leisurely pace.
Canada’s Vancouver Island in British Columbia is an outstanding getaway if you enjoy the tranquility of farms, markets, fish docks, vineyards, breweries, wellness centers, spas and boat tours. There’s really no mode of relaxation that isn’t available on this island, which is why it’s such a popular destination for couples who want to have time away. The spas here use natural treatments sourced from the land, such as seaweed, berries and wine. In addition, you can steal away to Hot Springs Cove, and enjoy hours of luxuriating in hot water that will ease your muscles and relieve your tension, as you take in the sights of the Pacific Ocean.
If you’re overwhelmed by the stress of city life, then make a getaway to Yellowstone in Wyoming. This national park is a reminder of how the natural world offers healing for the mind and body. When you experience the wonder, majesty and peace of the hot springs, forests, hills and forests of this historic area, all your troubles will fade away. Yellowstone offers famous sights such as Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone Lake and Hayden Valley. Restore your energy and renew your health by fishing, horseback riding, walking, hiking or just sitting on a hill and watching the wildlife. This is one of the few places in the country where grizzly bears, moose and bison all co-exist.
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