We all love a good adventure. And with so many incredible travel destinations to explore, we want to see ALL the places and ALL the things. To be honest though, we usually try to cram so much into one trip that we tend to need a vacation from our vacation. Know the feeling? If you’re looking for a destination in which you can truly relax away from all the hustle and bustle, here are 12 vacation spots to consider.
1. Tulum, Mexico: Tulum has become a low-key escape for many, and it’s no wonder why. For those interested in relaxing, the quaint city is full of beautiful blue beaches, artisan shops and restaurants. There are also caves, hiking trails and Mayan ruins for the more adventurous type. If you’re not sure where to start, check out ToDo Tulum for private tours and excursions. (Photo via ToDo Tulum)
2. Boardman State Park: The entire coast along the Pacific Northwest is absolutely breathtaking, but we have our wanderlusty eyes set on a camping getaway to Boardman State Park in Oregon. With a 27-mile-long coastal trail full of sandy beaches and lush green forests, this is the ultimate retreat for nature lovers. (Photo via Oregon State Parks)
3. Kauai: Hawaii is a dream getaway for many, but sometimes the islands can get a little overcrowded. Kauai is the perfect spot for those who want a tropical getaway without the touristy vibes. It also has loads of beautiful hiking trails, snorkeling spots and sandy beaches to relax on. (Photo via Kauai.com)
4. Orange Beach, Alabama: When thinking of a beach vacation, Alabama probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. But given its white sand beaches, warm gulf water and picturesque sunsets, we may be rethinking that. (Photo via Joe Raedle/Getty)
5. Portland, Maine: Nestled away on the Northeast Coast, the city of Portland, Maine is a cute little coastal town full of scenic views and LOTS of lobster. With an ample number of farmers’ markets, restaurants and local breweries, this getaway is a foodie’s paradise. (Photo via Justin Sullivan/Getty)
6. Big Sur, CA: Nestled along California’s central coast is beautiful Big Sur, which is full of stunning beach views, mountain hikes and camp sites. It is also home to numerous local art galleries, including the Henry Miller Library. (Photo via California Department of Parks and Recreation)
7. Iceland: So we’re still not entirely convinced that Iceland is a real place, but it’s one we totally want to visit. Aside from its capital, Reyykjavik, Iceland is full of small villages and a lot of land that is still uninhabited. Take the time to enjoy relaxing in the blue lagoon or one of the many naturally occurring hot springs. (Photo via Matt Cardy/Getty)
8. Thailand: Avoid touristy Phuket and explore more low-key spots like Ko Lanta or Railay. With beautiful resorts and beaches right in the middle of some pretty epic tropical forests, it’s a great place to truly get away from anything and everything. (Photo via Paula Bronstein/Getty)
9. Bora Bora, Tahiti: Just one look at the bright blue water has us wanting to renew our Passports and head to Bora Bora. The island is perfect for snorkeling, swimming and relaxing. If you want to go all out, book a stay at the luxurious Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa. (Photo via Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa)
10. Catalina Island: Catalina was a popular hideaway for celebrities in the 1920s, and it’s no wonder why. Just an hour and a half boat ride from Los Angeles, Catalina is a quick trip. Stay at one of the numerous bed and breakfasts, bike through town or visit hidden coves where remnants from movie sets can still be seen. (Photo via Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce)
11. Coronado: Just a quick drive over the bridge from San Diego is the quaint little island of Coronado. Be sure to visit the Hotel del Coronado for an experience a la Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, or stroll through the streets for the cutest boutiques and restaurants imaginable. (Photo via Hotel del Cornado)
12. Road Trip: If you can’t choose just one destination, a road trip is the way to see multiple spots in a short amount of time. The best part? Because you’re driving, you aren’t tied down to any one specific destination so you can go wherever the road leads. (Photo via David McNew/Getty)
What are some of your favorite low-key vacay destinations? Let us know in the comments!