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The Edisto River Tree Houses (from $160 per night, canoesc.com) in
Canadys, South Carolina, offer an even more private experience. The
three tree houses are built on a 50-acre property, and they’re out of sight
from one another and accessible only by canoe. Swim, paddle, and hike
during the day, then relax on the riverfront porch at night.

An Ultraluxe Private Campsite
The term glamping doesn’t do justice to the Dunton River Camp (from
$1,650 a night, duntondestinations.com) in Dolores, Colorado. The camp-
site is set on 500 acres of fields, meadows, and forest and is home to eight
640-square-foot tents, each with luxury-hotel-level amenities, like soaker
tubs, showers, and towel warmers, plus two private mountain bikes. The
local, organic meals are cooked by a chef and served with wine pairings.
Under Canvas (from $99 a night, undercanvas.com) is another
glamping resort with locations around the U.S., including at national

parks like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, and the Great Smoky
Mountains. Each offers unbelievable views and easy access to trails, as
well as comfy king-size beds and a wood-burning stove, and a few even
have en suite bathrooms. Some tents are more secluded, while others are
closer together, but each location hosts only a handful of them, and you’re
just a few steps from total wilderness.

The Quietest Spots in the Country
Locations free of man-made sound are rare, but there is at least one in the
U.S.: the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park in Washington. Head
for the Hoh River Trail, which is accessible via a three-mile hike from the
Hoh Visitor Center. Once you’re there, tune in. You may not realize how
accustomed you are to hearing noise from airplanes and cars until it’s gone.
If you really want to soak in the silence of the great outdoors, pitch a tent
in a densely wooded spot in the Hoh campground (from
$20 a night, first come, first served) near the visitor center.
Another way to tap into the serene power of quiet is on
a silent retreat. If total silence seems intimidating, con-
sider the Art of Living Retreat Center (from $1,235 for
four nights in a private room, artoflivingretreatcenter
.org) in Boone, North Carolina. Periods of silent contem-
plation are punctuated by guided meditations, lessons on
breathing techniques, and even talking exercises meant to
deepen your appreciation for your inner quiet.

A secluded trip gives you an

opportunity to pull back

from your regular routine and

reconnect with yourself.

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