The Most Serene Spot In Every Single State

When your yoga class becomes more about sculpting your butt than calming your nerves, it might be time to take the zen show on the road. Give your body and mind the vacation it needs at one of these 51 serene places across the country. See? You’re feeling more relaxed already.

Alabama: Orr Park

This charming and unique nature preserve in Montevallo, Alabama, is peppered with the tree carved-faces from artist Tim Tingle—he transformed the storm-damaged cedars in the 1990s.

Orr Park

Alaska: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Oh, just your average secluded, calm lake juxtaposed in front of two active volcanoes emitting steam plumes.

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Arizona: Sedona

The Arizona desert landscape is sublime, but it’s the vortexes—swirling centers of energy believed to be conducive in healing, meditation and self-exploration—that will bring on the serenity.


Arkansas: Old Mill Park

You might recognize this hidden gem in North Little Rock from the opening scene of Gone with the Wind. Today, it features a historic re-creation of an 1880s water-powered grist mill, sculptures from Dionicio Rodriguez and landscaping that will make you want to journal.

Old Mill Park

California: Antelope Valley

Poppies as a far as the eye can see? That’s about as tranquil as it gets…as long as you don’t have allergies.

Antelope Valley

Colorado: Crystal Lake

There’s no shortage of beauty in Colorado. But this pristine lake, basically a mirror to the Red Mountains, brings on a certain calm.

Crystal Lake

Connecticut: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

The design—airy, with high-ceilings—and extensive grounds are enough to relax you almost as soon as you walk on the property. And since the art is constantly rotating, you have an excuse to catch your breath here as frequently as you want.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Delaware: Cape Henlopen State Park

Take an evening stroll on the sand to watch the sunset over the Atlantic, and repeat after us: Serenity now.

Cape Henlopen State Park

Florida: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The 16 tranquil acres of the Roji-en garden complex are just begging you to pop open that sketchbook and doodle your little heart out.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Georgia: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

It’s the kind of swamp that will make you want to be a swamp person.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Hawaii: Kauai Aadheenam (Kauai’s Hindu Monastery)

The spiritual sanctuary in Kauai, home to almost two dozen monks, was built in the traditional South-Indian style. Visitors are welcome to the lush gardens from 9 a.m. to noon every day.

Kauai’s Hindu Monastery

Idaho: Rolling Hills of the Palouse

It might look like you’re in the English countryside, but you’re actually in north central Idaho.

Rolling Hills of the Palouse

Illinois: Garden of the Gods

We were confused, too (if it’s not a photo of Lake Michigan, it’s gotta be corn). But this dreamscape is part of Shawnee National Forest. Take us there, please.

Garden of the Gods

Indiana: Bean Blossom Covered Bridge

Specifically: in fall.

Bean Blossom Covered Bridge

Iowa: West Lake Okoboji

The chain of glacier-carved Iowa Great Lakes bordering Minnesota cover nearly 15,000 acres. While the spring-fed West Okoboji Lake is heavily populated during summer, you can certainly carve out a quiet spot for yourself…and a good book.

West Lake Okoboji

Kansas: Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlands

The wildlife refuge in central Kansas is not only picturesque, but it’s also a key pit-stop for migratory birds, including sandhill and whooping cranes.

Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlands

Kentucky: Dog Slaughter Falls

Though its name does not bring about much calm, a two-mile hike to this 15-foot waterfall certainly will.

Dog Slaughter Falls

Louisiana: The Jungle Garden on Avery Island

The 170-acre tranquil semitropical garden is filled with azaleas, camellias and colorful bamboo, along with alligators, deer, snowy egrets and a Buddha statue believed to be over 900 years old.

The Jungle Garden on Avery Island

Maine: Portland Head Lighthouse

Not feeling your meditation app? The sound of the crashing waves will get you in the right headspace.

Portland Head Lighthouse

Maryland: Greenbrier State Park

Wave hi to hikers passing through on their Appalachian Trail journey. (And then be thankful you’re not heading anywhere.)

Greenbrier State Park

Massachusetts: Heritage Museum and Gardens

You’ll feel like you fell through the looking glass as you explore these grounds.

Heritage Museum and Gardens

Michigan: Nichols Arboretum

An idyllic walk through the 3.5 miles of trails in Ann Arbor’s “Arb” will take you to places like the peony garden and along the Huron River. Pack a sammie from Zingermann’s, and you’ll be in heaven.

Nichols Arboretum

Minnesota: Split Rock Lighthouse

There’s 1,000 watts of light to guide you into serenity. (Or at least a great photo op.)

Split Rock Lighthouse

Mississippi: The Windsor Ruins

There’s something so contemplative about the ruins of a 19th century Greek Revival mansion.

The Windsor Ruins

Missouri: Forest Park Jewel Box

Not your mama’s greenhouse.

Forest Park Jewel Box

Montana: Flathead Lake

Grab some cherries, apples or plums from a roadside stand along the east shore, and set up shop on your own little piece of paradise somewhere along the 185 miles of shoreline.

Flathead Lake

Nebraska: Sunken Gardens

Two ponds, tons of tulips and a healing garden—this place is your new zen home.

Sunken Gardens

Nevada: Bonsai Rock

A tree grows in Lake Tahoe. And it’s oh-so-peaceful.

Bonsai Rock

New Hampshire: Squam Lake

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire offers plenty of docks and shoreline, but Squam Lake is especially peaceful and pristine. In fact, the surrounding area feels like it belongs in a different era—it actually looks much like it did in the 18th century.

Squam Lake

New Jersey: Dukes Farm

Explore over 1,000 acres that’s entirely devoted to preservation and sustainability. Best of all, you can walk or bike through the landscape on your own. And after you’re done with all that self-reflection you can grab a scrumptious grilled cheese at the certified green Farm Barn Café.

Dukes Farm

New Mexico: White Sands National Park

In daylight, the white sand dunes roll against a backdrop of mountains. Come night, they radiantly reflect moonlight.

White Sands National Park

New York: Lockwood Lavender Farm

The 120-acre farm tucked in the hillside overlooking Skaneateles Lake is a purple respite come June or July during the harvest. Visit in those months for your own little slice of Provence.

Lockwood Lavender Farm

North Carolina: Craggy Gardens

Just outside Asheville, a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Milepost 364 feels as if you’re stepping into a fairy tale with its gnarled and twisted trees. But it’s the abundant rhododendron and 360-degree views that make the ideal backdrop for that tree pose Insta.

Craggy Gardens

North Dakota: Coteau du Missouri

It’s a prairie, but with way more personality.

Coteau du Missouri

Ohio: Amish Country

There’s a surprising amount of things to do in Ohio’s Amish Country, but the tranquil scenery is just the thing you needed.

Amish Country

Oklahoma: Natural Falls

If the 77-foot waterfall is bringing on the nostalgia, that’s probably because scenes from the 1974 movie Where the Red Fern Grows were filmed here.

Natural Falls

Oregon: Devil’s Punch Bowl

Crashing, foaming and swirling—it’s the type of distraction bound to give your whirling thoughts a rest.

Devil’s Punch Bowl

Pennsylvania: Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, was literally designed to make you feel more grounded and in harmony with earth. Ahh


Rhode Island: Castle Hill Inn

A stay at the historic Newport mansion means beaches, spas and fine dining right at your fingertips. But honestly, just looking at it from afar can calm your soul (and keep your wallet happier).

Castle Hill Inn

South Carolina: Hunting Island

Pristine beaches, marsh and maritime forest (see: graveyard trees), a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet—but honestly? We came for the sunrise.

Hunting Island

South Dakota: Sylvan Lake

You deserve a dip in these waters after dealing with all the tourists at Mount Rushmore.

Sylvan Lake

Tennessee: Cade’s Cove

In the valley of the great Smokey Mountains, you can roam the 11 mile one-way loop in the most relaxing way possible: via your own car.

Cade’s Cove

Texas: Caddo Lake

The East Texas swamp is home to the world's largest bald cypress forest. (Make sure you bring a waterproof camera in your kayak.)

Caddo Lake

Utah: Golden Cathedral

It might not have any flying buttresses, but you’ll definitely feel something otherworldly here.

Golden Cathedral

Vermont: Wilson Castle

Pretending to be rich has a way of soothing the soul, doesn’t it?

Wilson Castle

Virginia: Chincoteague Marshes

It’s like Bob Ross a painted our idea of serenity.

Chincoteague Marshes

Washington: Diablo Lake

This gem in North Cascades National Park might have a devilish name, but it looks like a big slice of heaven.

Diablo Lake

Washington D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Year-round, this memorial is a quiet place to sit with your thoughts; but come spring, the cherry blossoms take it to a whole new level.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

West Virginia: Glade Creek Grist Mill

There’s just something about an old wooden mill that lulls us our minds. (It’s basically a giant sound machine.)

Glade Creek Grist Mill

Wisconsin: Dells Mill

Yeah…we’re kinda developing a thing for mills. While this one’s not in use now, word on the street is that the new owner will renovate it to become fully functional again.

Dells Mill

Wyoming: T. A. Moulton Homestead

Breathe in, breathe out…pretend you’re frolicking through the fields in the Grand Tetons.

Moulton Homestead