In 2016 alone, around 37 million Americans traveled in and around the U.S. While there are plenty of great destinations in the country, sometimes what you crave for is peace and quiet. If so, be sure to add these secluded destinations to your itinerary.
Dry Tortugas, Florida
Florida is famous for the Everglades, but if you want a destination that’s anything but touristy, head over to Dry Tortugas, an island about 70 miles off Key West. Discovered by Ponce de Leon back in the 1500s, this secluded island is reachable only by boat or plane. It’s home to stunning beaches that are ideal snorkeling spots, as well as a national park.
Colorado is a popular skiing destination, but there’s plenty of reasons to visit it in the summer too. Case in point: Snowmass. Once the snow melts, picturesque mount vistas are revealed, while vibrant wildflowers blanket the landscape. With the winter crowd away, you’ll have the place almost all to yourself—and at an off-season price, to boot.
High Peaks Wilderness, New York
If you’re looking for secluded vacation spots, New York is probably nowhere near the top of your list. And yet, it’s home to one of the most tucked away hiking trails in the country. High Peaks Wilderness Park trails are about six miles away from the nearest highway, and takes about 10 days to hike completely. During that time, you’ll trek across low-lying swamplands to the summit of Mount Marcy.
Wildcat Beach, California
On paper, heading to the beach should be a relaxing experience. But when said beach is blanketed by people as far as the eye can see, it can be anything but relaxing. Luckily, there’s Wildcat Beach in California. Thanks to a 5.5-mile hike, only the most devoted beach goers head here. That said, you’ll be well rewarded by the sights there, including the stunning Alamere Falls.
Angle Inlet, Minnesota
You know a place is secluded when you literally have to pass through Canada first to reach it. Such is the case for Angle Inlet, a part of the Lake of the Woods, a 1,700-square-mile freshwater body that’s home to walleye, muskie, bass, trout, and other fish.
If you seek to unplug and recharge, a vacation to a far-off destination might just be what you need. You’ll discover plenty of amazing sights, and perhaps discover a little bit more about yourself, too.