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Newsmax's Top 20 Tranquil Vacation Destinations

Newsmax's Top 20 Tranquil Vacation Destinations
New York's Mohonk Mountain House (Aleksandra Alimova/Dreamstime)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 July 2019 02:31 PM

Spiritual leaders and psychologists have long-acknowledged the need for incorporating tranquility in our daily lives.

Of course, this is not always feasible. The busyness of family and professional demands can quickly overtake (and overwhelm) the pursuit of a state of overall calm, but one of the best ways to inject tranquility into our lives is to take vacations.

Forget about noisy urban centers like New York and Washington, D.C. Fortunately, for those of us feeling harassed and harried, our planet still offers plenty of locations to get away from, the noise of life.

Upon encountering these places, you immediately begin to feel a sense of serene calm, one which stays with you for some time.

Here are Newsmax’s top 20 tranquil vacation destinations:

1. Kyoto Japan

Kyoto is located in Japan's Kansai region. It was formerly known as "Heian-kyo," which is literally "capital of peace and tranquility." The number of Christian places of worship approaches 100. There are also hundreds of Shinto shrines. The number of Buddhist temples is over 1600. Peace of mind can most definitely be found there without much effort.

2. The Cotswolds, England, UK

The Cotswolds is a region of south central England in the UK containing some of the most beautiful small towns and villages ever seen. Much of the Cotswolds is lush green, and as one can imagine when it comes to England, some of the region’s trees, gardens, and expansive landscapes are globally the most incredibly beautiful known. Many Cotswolds villages exude peace and tranquility; upon entering the region it's not too long before that atmosphere is felt. There are the Cotswold Hills, a region of rolling hills, rising from the Thames river meadows. Villages like Upper and Lower Slaughter, Winchombe, and Stratford-Upon-Avon are some of the most charming and pleasantly ambient.

3. Rishikesh, India

Put simply, Rishikesh is a yoga capital. While visits to temples and hiking are known in Rishikesh, what better word association occurs when “yoga” is paired with peace or spirituality. Rishikesh has been described as a “holy city,” one offering retreats that not only include yoga, but exercises like meditation, etc. as well. Such escapes (or ashrams) are offered in varying ways. Visitors most certainly have “relaxation choices” in beautiful Rishikesh, India.

4. Lucca, Italy

Lucca, Italy, like the Cotswolds in England, is very much a perfect walking-tour destination. Even better, a journey to Lucca is like time-travel; one can see still-preserved Renaissance landmarks. Unlike busy Rome and Milan, Lucca is both peaceful and quiet, with an overall old world atmosphere. Dawn and dusk are the best times to walk or bicycle, taking in this sometime overlooked region in Italy’s north.

5. Mohonk Mountain House, New York

It may be hard to wrap your head around, but the Mohonk Mountain House is a only two hours north of New York City, in the town of New Paltz. Some have described the Mohonk Mountain House and its environs as being reminiscent of a "fairytale." The area even features lakefront accommodations, and there are multiple ways to just simply chill. On the gigantic property itself are trails suitable for hiking. There are also a private beach, Lake Mohonk, and an incredibly beautiful garden to enjoy as well.

6. The Dordogne Countryside, France

Some of the rustic farmhouses in Dordogne date to the 18th century. This helps lend a gentle and serene atmosphere to the region. The Dordogne River is a few minutes to the south. There are also pleasant lakes. Lac Neufont is only a few minutes away. France's Dordogne also is home to private cottages, beautiful gardens, and last but not least, the Dordogne countryside itself! This is a place for truly “reinventing oneself” vacations, offered in its own tranquilizing world.

7. The Natural Springs of New Mexico

New Mexico has some of the most rejuvenating springs in the world. Some believe that that there are actually life-renewing, healing mineral waters in those very waters. New Mexico’s natural springs offer a truly different way to relax. You can definitely restore mind, body, and spirit. Springs of note include: Giggling Springs, Jemez Springs, Spence Hot Springs, and the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs.

8. Eagle Rock, Virginia

Eagle Rock is a small town within Botetourt County. It's located along the picturesque James River between Iron Gate and Buchannan. Situated nearby is the Roaring Run Recreational Area. Some prefer “waterfall hiking,” or just like to take the scenery in. A few years ago the Tuscarora Trail was rerouted and now includes the Eagle Rock Trail, expanding the hiking experience for those who enjoy doing so.

9. Canada's Sunshine Coast

Canada’s Pacific Sunshine Coast is found where Highway 101 terminates. One will find there, the small village of Lund. Also there is the Pacific Ocean and rock pools. The aquatic life is both interesting and very colorful. A good beach and bathing spot is Savary Island. Canada’s Sunshine coast also has its share of trails, and is one of the best places in the world to picnic.

10. Germany’s Moselle Valley

The Moselle Valley is found in southwest Germany, northeastern France, and eastern Luxembourg. The valley is situated on the river valley created by the Moselle itself. If the Moselle is famous for anything, that would be its wine. While the Moselle attracts its share of tourists, its reputation remains intact for being rural, as well as happy, peaceful, and picturesque.

11. Ghent, Belgium

Ghent has a reputation for being “vegetarian-friendly.” So, if you’re looking to not only chill out, but escape the constant barrage of ads, promotions, and menus offering largely meat-oriented fare, Ghent is your spot. Ghent is approximately an hour drive away from Brussels. Thursdays are actually “veggie days." The city’s endeavors to move away from meat are supported by a variety of government, non-profits, and private sector organizations. Plus, Ghent’s medieval structures and guildhalls will quickly transport your mind and body away from today’s skyscraper urban hubs, and all the hustle and bustle (and noise) that goes with them.

12. Kangaroo Island, Australia

Kangaroo Island is approximately 10 miles off the coast of South Australia. It’s accessible by air or ferry from Cape Jervis. It has a reputation for possessing unspoiled, natural beauty. Kangaroo Island is also known for its limestone cliffs. There is also plentiful wildlife and white sand. All of these things combined will help you (re)discover a true sense of peace and tranquility. And, yes, there are kangaroos!

13. North Georgia Mountains

One of the best times to visit the mountains of North Georgia, in the United States, is during the fall, when the leaves start to change. The area is known for its ruggedness, which is coupled with picturesque beauty. The mountains are in a region that are a segment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. These mountains are over 1 billion years old. Appreciable parts of North Georgia’s mountains are included in acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest. For mountain lovers, North Georgia remains a place to visit and see what it means when “peace” is redefined wholly to one’s total enjoyment and benefit!

14. Boca Grande: Gasparilla Island, Florida

If you despise crowds and genuinely want to relax, Boca Grande is both a quiet and historic town on Gasparilla Island. The island is located (just under two hours) west of Ft. Myers. Nothing here is crowded or busy. Instead there under 10 miles beaches, a bicycle trail, and a park. As a rule, if the area “bustles” with anything, it’s wildlife. Boca Grande is also a great fishing spot; it lures tourists with fishing charters and multiple sailing possibilities.

15. Iceland

Iceland’s geothermal pools, waterfalls, and mountains are quite a magnetic attraction for anyone needing to completely wind down. Iceland is small and tranquil. There are times of the year when the island-nation is bathed in constant daylight. Iceland is also known for its caves and northern lights, and its interesting, quirky wildlife.

16. Waipio Valley Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

The best way to describe the beaches on what is known as the Big Island, is unspoiled. There is a section of black sand known for being very secluded. Towering over Waipio Valley Beach are extremely high cliffs. Some people go hiking there. The beach’s tranquil, blueish waters are indeed something to gasp about. Waterfalls include the Kaluahine Waterfall and Waiulili Falls.

17. Papagayo Beaches - Spain

Papagayo Beach is actually a cove in red rocks, but that doesn’t take away the fact that this makes for a truly expansive, dramatic, and beautiful scene. While there are several smallish restaurants, the beaches still tend to be less populated. There are several (low tide) coves, potentially enabling one to have their own private beach. Papagayo’s beaches though may be more suitable for adults, as nudists have been seen there.

18. Greece: Ikaria Island, Greece

Ikaria is also known as Nikaria. Making this location amazing is the sense of timelessness. Some of the healthiest people on earth living long lives reside here. Ikaria’s advantages are its beaches, which include: Seychelles, Na and Agios Georgios. Ikaria offers beautiful white sand, turquoise waters, and incredible natural scenery.

19. The Tea Rooms of Alaska.

If tea is your cup of tea (and coffee is not) you may be surprised to learn that Alaska is known for its tea rooms. Some of the best are found in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Nikolaevsk, and Nome. Apart from the unbelievably beautiful, pleasant atmospheres each offers, is the tea rooms’ hallmark of also being places instilling an overall sense of wellbeing -- while restfully sipping one of the world’s best-known and still-popular beverages.

20. The American Midwest

Have you given much thought to Iowa as a real get-away-from-it-all destination? The state boasts 10-plus places offerings for genuine relaxation. Missouri can make the same claim. Other (surprising) locations on the heartland offering peaceful getaways are Milwaukee; even Wichita Kansas (Botanic Wichita). Charlevoix, Michigan has a beautiful, small harbor, and three lakefronts. Other places to consider in the Midwest are Chesterton, Indiana (a white sand beach), and Bayfield Wisconsin – known for both sailing and kayaking.

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