Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

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Attention all moms! Do you need a break from the rigors of life? Some time to relax, unwind, and recharge your batteries?

Of course you do.

Luckily, the US has many great vacation destinations that will help you do just that. Here are seven such places. 

Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

Smoky Mountains, Tennessee

Rustic–yet luxurious–cabins nestled in the Smoky Mountains packed with modern amenities make this part of the world a great place for moms to take a timeout from their hectic lives, even on vacation with the family. Many cabins come with Jacuzzis and hot tubs, fireplaces, and large porches where you can unwind with your favorite novel, sip a glass of vino and let your other half massage those tired feet. Gatlinburg cabins also feature multiple TVs, free WiFi, and game rooms with pool table and arcade games to keep the kids busy. Sleep in every day and let the family cook you breakfast in the gourmet kitchen. Use the included laundry room to wash the clothes before you return home! Nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers glorious scenery and outdoor activities such as quiet walks, hiking, tubing, swimming, and well as unmatched levels of peace and tranquility. 
Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. From Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

Seaside, Florida

The colorful little town of Seaside, Florida, offers Old World Florida charm and a laid back southern vibe. Its teal-green waters and powder white sand earned Seaside the title of "the Best Beach on Earth for Families" by Travel + Leisure magazine. Downtown Seaside has an abundance of eateries and over forty-one shops and galleries. Hundreds of rental cottages sprinkled throughout the area make a family trip easy in a home away from home, and living like a local adds to the fun of staying in Seaside. Seaside vacation rentals come with as many as six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Seaside cottages, the beach, the boardwalk, and downtown, are all designed to be an easy walking adventure, with safety for kids built in. 
Seaside, Florida. From Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US
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Sedona, Arizona

For more of a romantic or girls-only weekend, check out Sedona, Arizona. Its stunning natural beauty, quiet peacefulness, numerous spas, unique shopping, and local wineries make it the perfect spot for a long weekend or a long week's vacation. Enjoy the anti-aging Caviar-Fusion Facial or a Desert Stone Massage at the Sedona Day Spa. Nestled up in the beautiful red rock cliffs, Therapy On The Rocks offers pain relief through personalized myofascial release treatment. The self-guided Verde Valley Wine Trail includes stops at Winery 1912, Burning Tree Cellars, the Carlson Creek Vineyard, and the Pillsbury Wine Company, among others. 
Sedona, Arizona. From Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

Saint Augustine, Florida

Historic buildings, unique shops, cafes, and rustic Inns line the cobblestone streets of Saint Augustine's historic Old Town. Saint Augustine is the nation's oldest city, dating back to the 1500s, and its oldest surviving buildings date from the early eighteenth century. Popular attractions include the Basilica Cathedral of St. Augustine, the Plaza de la Constitución, and the Old City Gate. The oldest public street in the U.S., Aviles Street, features an interesting mix of museums, art studios, and eateries–all housed in historic structures. Nearby Saint Augustine Beach is the perfect place to unwind and relax while the kids build castles in the sand. 
Saint Augustine, Florida. From Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

Newport, Rhode Island

The historic town of Newport, Rhode Island, boasts one of the largest concentrations of Bed and Breakfasts in the world. Newport's Cliff Walk offers views of meticulously restored Gilded Age mansions on one side and stunning ocean views on the other. Notable historical attractions in Newport include Fort McAdams, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church– the wedding church of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier–and Touro Synagogue (America's oldest synagogue). The waterfront resort grounds of Gurney's Newport located on Goat Island are the perfect place to grab a drink, pull up a lounge chair, and watch the sunset. If the kids are in tow, Newport has several harbor tours, kayak and bike rental shops, and a minor league baseball team to keep them occupied.
Newport, Rhode Island. From Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

Lake George, New York

Along with gorgeous lake and mountain views, the verdant town of Lake George has more than enough attractions to let mom relax and keep the family busy, as well. Downtown Lake George has lots of attractions, including historic Fort McHenry, several arcades, and miniature golf on almost every corner. Take an evening sightseeing tour of the lake on the authentic sternwheel steamboat, the Minne Ha Ha. It operates daily throughout the warmer months of the year. For some fun time with the kids, the nearby Great Escape Amusement Park has rides for all ages, an excellent water park, and one of the country's largest wooden roller coasters. The Adirondack Winery & Tasting Room offers a large selection of locally hand-crafted, award-winning wines, many made right on the premises. 
Lake George, New York. From Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Along with one of our country's best beaches, Myrtle Beach also has over a dozen world-class golf courses, great shopping, a wide range of eateries, several amusement parks, a great boardwalk, and lots to do for every age group. Nightlife includes live music, comedy clubs, and special events suitable for the whole family. Take a short drive south to one of our nation's most beautiful and best-preserved cities, historic Charleston, and experience a little sightseeing and great food. Come back to Myrtle Beach to explore the shopping. Along with all the local shops lining the boardwalk, Myrtle Beach also boasts four major shopping complexes–Tanger Outlet Center, the Market Common, Barefoot Landing, and Broadway at the Beach. Each center has over fifty stores, a variety of restaurants, and even a theater or two.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US

Where is your favorite place in the US to go to relax?

Mom's Guide to the Most Relaxing Vacation Places in the US