Everyone needs some rest and relaxation in their lives. If you are ready for a break, why not take a wellness vacation? There are several towns, retreats, spas, hotels, nature, and other wellness destinations in the United States that are worth seeking out when you need a relaxing break from work or life. Whether you want to spend a few days at a fancy spa, become one with nature and soak in some hot springs, or spend some days in silence, there are plenty of options to explore for a wellness vacation that you will enjoy.
People come to Sedona, located north of Phoenix and just south of Flagstaff, for the beautiful desert scenery, the art community, and the New Age vibe. But there are also spas and chances for hiking and soaking in natural pools to make for a great wellness-focused vacation. Hike to the Seven Sacred Pools and take in the surrounding scenery. Note that while there are actual pools here, they may not be filled with water since they are fed by a stream.
Palm Springs, California
If you are searching for a place to relax with spas and luxe accommodations, Palm Springs in Southern California might just be the ticket. There are multiple resorts that have spas, many of which you can access if you aren’t staying there, like the classic Miracle Springs Spa. You might also be interested in a float spa, where you float in a warm pool and experience sensory deprivation.
Park City, Utah
You will find many opportunities for wellness activities year-round in Park City and the surrounding area. In warmer months, you can go hiking on the Union Pacific Rail Trail and then soak your sore muscles at one of the local spas. Or hit the world-class ski slopes in the winter and then indulge in a massage.
If you want a wellness-focused getaway in Northern California, head to the small, quaint town of Calistoga. There are natural hot springs, and spas offering a range of treatments including mud baths. And after you are totally relaxed, you will be ready to visit some of the local wineries in the Napa Valley or Sonoma Valley and enjoy some of the world-class restaurants in the region. Also, be sure to see the Old Faithful Geyser of California while you’re visiting!
For a low-key wellness destination, head north to Stowe, Vermont. While you won’t find glamourous resorts here, you will find forests and mountains where you can go hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. There are multiple Alpine-style lodges to stay at in the area offering wellness facilities and outdoor activities. You can also go hiking on Mount Mansfield or in the Mt. Mansfield State Forest.
Omni Homestead Resort, Virginia
Located near Hot Springs, Virginia, the Omni Homestead Resort has been making good use of the natural hot springs for more than 250 years. Yes, you read that correctly! This historic resort in the Allegheny Mountains has hosted 23 presidents who came to soak in the mineral-rich hot springs, including Thomas Jefferson. In addition to a luxury spa and pools, there are also two 18-hole golf courses and other activities to partake in.
The Hawaiian island of Maui offers a range of wellness retreats, whether you are looking for something rustic or a bit posher. Learn about native Hawaiian cultural practices in a group setting, or stay on an authentic Hawaiian plantation on the North Shore and relax while enjoying meditation, yoga, and water activities.
Hot Springs State Park, Wyoming
As the name reflects, Hot Springs State Park is home to natural hot springs for you to soak in. And the best part is you can do it for free year-round! The park is near the town of Thermopolis along the Bighorn River in central Wyoming. In addition to springs that are at a temperature of about 128 degrees F, there is also a bathhouse with a slightly lower temperature. If you get tired of soaking in the hot springs, you can also enjoy hiking trails, go fishing, or look out for the herd of bison that roam the park.
Palm Beach, Florida
If you want a beach-focused wellness destination for your next vacation, look no further than Palm Beach in southern Florida. Located on an island, separated by water from West Palm Beach, this is the place to go for a glitzy stay at a beach-side hotel and spa. Take sunrise yoga on the beach, go for a bike ride or play a round of golf at one of the nearby courses. The best part is that the weather is great in Palm Beach, even in the winter, so it’s an ideal winter wellness destination if you need some sun.
Springwater Center, NY
For a different kind of wellness vacation, why not spend a week in silence? Springwater Center near the village of Springwater, New York is a destination for meditation and contemplation in silence, although you will share meals and work with others doing the same thing. There are also forests and walking trails so you can enjoy nature. While this retreat is roughly 5 hours by car from New York City, you can also fly into Buffalo or Rochester and get there in 1.5 hours and 1 hour respectively.