You may be surprised to note that you don’t need to travel overseas to find your Zen. You can stay right here in the good old USA and its territories and find some of the most beautiful, luxurious and calming places. These five Zen places in the USA you must see before you die will help you disconnect from the world and relax. Isn’t that what vacationing is all about?

Sedona, Arizona

In Sedona, you can bike, hike, enjoy art galleries, visit a little café, go to outdoor concerts and more. But, mother nature offers the very best entertainment under starry clear skies like none you’ve seen before.  The red rocks contrast with the deep blue sky that seems to go on forever.

Sedona Spirit Yoga & Hiking Retreats is an amazing place to start your journey. Whether you want to get away alone or with your partner there is an event for you. You can participate in guided meditation, Yoga, and more among spectacular views. There is no way you can’t relax and find your Zen here.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Home of the deepest, bluest, cleanest, rain and snow-fed lake in the United States, surrounded by breathtaking cliffs, this lake in Crater Lake, Oregon is a must see before you die. Formed by a collapsed volcano, there are many amazing features to explore. There are many different lodging options available as well as planned activities to get involved in. Don’t forget to explore the old-growth forests too. You might see black bears, mountain lions, elk or even a spotted owl.

Hawaii, Hawaii

It’s a pretty obvious choice to experience relaxation and Zen, but most people don’t realize that the mainland or the big island is a lot less expensive and crowded compared to some of the other islands. There are amazing Dharma centers in Hawaii on the big island to visit the largest being Kalani. You can get the whole Kalani experience via one of their all-inclusive packages but you can also look at their volunteering and sabbatical program options too which includes meals, classes, special events and more. All of which are designed to help you relax and learn.

U.S. Virgin Islands

This U.S. territory is full of surprises you may have thought you could only find elsewhere. Soak in the history in St. Croix, St. Thomas and/or St. John. It depends on what you’re looking for but every island has its specialties. Try a virgin island food tour, go on a church tour and see the opulent architecture of churches from the 1800’s. When you’re done relax on the beach and enjoy the deep love and kindness of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands who always seem to be able to laugh and make jokes no matter what. You can learn more via the U.S. Virgin Islands Tour Site. On a side note, look at this amazing rental from Airbnb.com that could make your trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands even more Zen.

Yellowstone National Park

Named for the Yellowstone River which runs through it, this park is mostly in Wyoming with a little bit in Montana, tells you that the nature scenery is going to be spectacular. Blue water and big blue skies contrasted with all the colors of nature with mountain views and vast wide open spaces in all its splendor. In fact, this is a place that nature likes to show off. See geysers, grizzly bears, elk and even wolves.

In addition to hot springs, old faithful, biking, hiking and other wildlife opportunities. Everything is designed to help you get back to nature and relax. Consider staying in Silver Gate, Montana at the Range Rider Lodge for a true get back to nature experience right outside the gates of Yellowstone National Park.

To really experience life at its most abundant and peaceful it’s important to find a way to get back to experiencing nature. To walk barefooted in the grass, to sleep under the stars, and feel the sun shining in your face every single day is the best way to bring Zen into your life.