It’s not just an Eat, Pray, Love fantasy. Taking a break from the monotony of one’s daily routine continues to top bucket-lists and prove an effective path to inner peace. While escaping to self-enlightenment seems outside of many people’s means, there’s plenty of relaxing, eye-opening locations right in the U.S. Consider these three destinations to de-stress and find your true self. Just make sure you sorted out your ESTA visa beforehand to remain stress-free on your decompressing holiday.
1. The Grand Canyon, Arizona
There’s nothing more appropriate than open space to clear the mind. The Grand Canyon, an entire mile deep, is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Despite the throngs of tourists that come to gaze in awe on both the Southern and Northern rims, it’s easy to find silence and solitude touring, hiking, and camping in the canyons.
Find yourself completely speechless among the rocky terrain, enjoy flying throughout in a helicopter tour, or fearlessly try water-rafting in the Colorado River rapids. If not camping, try the Grand Hotel on the Southern Rim for a cozy, lodge-feel.
2. Rochester, NY
Outside of the West’s treasures, Rochester offers the wandering soul a northern location full of historical landmarks and numerous parks, such as Highland Park, famous for its annual Lilac Festival, or Durand Eastman Park along Lake Ontario. Many include tennis courts or recreational pavilions, trails, sandy beaches, ice-skating rinks, and pools.
For the best access to the city’s assorted parks and museums, stay centrally with views of the River Genesse at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside or luxuriate in the Inn on Broadway, a boutique hotel in the historical University Club of Rochester building. Touring another famous home, the Susan B. Anthony House, is an essential for any woman or man looking to redefine their place in society.
To the southeast, ditch the city and find solace in the beautiful Allens Creek Valley and Corbett’s Glen in Brighton and Penfield. To get away from the typical brand hotel, try the quaint and affordable Towpath Motel. You’ll also be near the Erie Canal Locks, Lake Ontario, and the Historic High Falls district (the Genesee River’s small-scale Niagara) for further exploration.
3. Maui, Hawaii
Don’t think of Hawaii as just a touristy vacation or typical honeymooners’ spot. Rather, Hawaii’s islands boast beautiful scenery and many trails, parks, and beaches to explore. In Maui, find the perfect escape with waterfalls, black-sand and white-sand beaches, mountains, and even a dormant volcano to hike into at Haleakalā National Park.
Other must-sees extend to the Iao Valley State Park to hike and see the botanical gardens, Lahaina’s sixty-foot Banyan Tree overlooking the harbor, and a nearby night scene of the award-winning music, dance performances, and traditional food at Old Lahaina Luau.
For volcano plungers and hikers, stay at one of three wilderness cabins maintained by the Haleakalā National Park Service. Otherwise, Maui hosts a large variety of resorts for optimal relaxation, with the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea ranked number one in bookings often.
Take a chance, face your fears, and set sail on a journey of clarification. Wherever you choose, you’re sure to return a changed, more genuine person.