The 7 Most Relaxing Vacation Spots That Aren't Mexico

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Security lines. Customs. Realizing you forgot your passport just as you pull up to the airport. Yeah, international travel can be stressful. So if you’re looking for100 percent pure relaxation, here are seven places to get some serious R&R while staying totally domestic.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A summer vacation on the cape is as all-American as it gets. By day, guests are heading to Outer Beach--an exclusive stretch of sand only accessible by boat from the resort. By night, expect live jazz, s’mores and spectacular stargazing.

Where to stay: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

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Santa Monica, California

Cali has tons of beaches, but Hotel Casa del Mar is one of only two truly beachfront properties in Santa Monica, and its panoramic views are enough to immediately put you into the most precious [[?]] state of zen. Scared of the waves? Hit up the Sea Wellness Spa or the fifth-floor pool.

Where to stayHotel Casa del Mar

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Palm Desert, California

It’s not too late to cure your serious case of Coachella FOMO at this 450-acre Palm Desert destination. We’ve got our eye on the Midweek Mindfulness Package, which includes a de-stress app, adult coloring book and pencils, and passes to the day spa Sunday through Thursday. The best part? Rates for this package start at just $179.

Where to stay: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa

Aspen, Colorado

If you’ve never experienced the healing powers of fresh Colorado air, we strongly encourage you to do so ASAP. Take one of the property’s cruiser bikes for a ride, and then head to Remède Spa for a massage.

Where to staySt. Regis Aspen Resort

Charleston, South Carolina

Let’s talk Southern cuisine. If the thought of shrimp and grits or fried chicken and waffles makes you weak in the knees, a trip to this fancy foodie destination is the perfect spot for you.

Where to stay: Zero George Street

The Confidante

Miami, Florida

This sizzling southern Florida relaxation destination is packed with chic hotels ready to feed, relax and massage you. Formerly the Thompson Miami Beach, The Confidante is the newest hotel in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. We can say with confidence that the only thing that might be able to pull you from the posh pool is the rooftop spa.

Where to stay: The Confidante

Four Seasons

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sante Fe wins for many reasons. The weather is warm when you want it to be and cool when you’re craving it. There’s also no better place in the Southwest to source amazing art. And don’t even get us started on the turquoise jewelry you’ll come home with.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Rancho Encantado

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Dallas Editor

Diana Oates is a freelance writer living in Dallas with her husband and three kids. When she’s not telling you about the best new restaurant in town or the hottest hotel to escape...