The United States of America is a fantastic place in many ways and a not-so-fantastic place in many others, but for the most part, you learn to live with it. When we think of remote we think of vast plains of nothingness. But we're here to show you that in reality, there's a heap of potential out in the emptiness. In fact, it's not even empty at all.
In a land full of big, famous cities, we often overlook the hidden gems scattered throughout rural America. What we aren't going to suggest is that you spend all of your cash in Vegas or head to Atlantic City for a long weekend, because that isn't productive for anyone. Instead, going to a secluded destination in the States where you have the time to sit back and think can really clear your mind in the best way imaginable.
A few of these entries may seem a little bit more bizarre than others as well as being quite 'out there', but this isn't some kind of ASMR type piece that has the intention of making you fall asleep (although that would be awesome). All we're trying to do is showcase some of the many possibilities that lie out there.
25 Bonneville Salt Flats - Nothing For Acres
Salt flats are really cool and interesting and if you don't think so, then you've clearly never been to one before.
The Bonneville Salt Flats, over in Utah, are particularly interesting because they're located in a state where we're so used to seeing larger than life mountains and plenty of wildlife. The flats represent some kind of 'end game', and if you were to lie on them for even just five minutes, we think you'd have an experience that would stick with you for a lifetime.
That sounds over the top, but salt flats are therapeutic in a lot of ways and we aren't kidding around.
24 Four Corners Monument - Give It A Try
The odd thing about the Four Corners Monument, which serves as the meeting point for New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah, is that it isn't actually all too remarkable. That might sound like a harsh statement to make but it's true, and yet, it's oddly peaceful.
Something so simple like four different states connecting with one another can make you feel emotions that you weren't aware that you had, if only because it allows you to make all different kinds of important decisions. Why? Because if nature allows for something this remarkable to happen in such an unremarkable place, then there must be hope for all of us.
23 Big Sur - Just Wow
Big Sur is viewed as being nothing more than just a piece of the coast, when in reality, it's one of the best places on Earth to spend a long weekend. It doesn't matter if you're hiking, chilling out on the beach or just taking in the views, because you're going to have a splendid time one way or another.
This is a popular destination for folks who engage in a California road trip, because you're forced to look out and marvel at what is in front of you.
Trust us, there's so very much more to the state of Cali than just San Fran and Los Angeles.
22 Glacier National Park - A Big Step Up
When a mountain goat is your park's official symbol, then you know that you're onto something pretty powerful.
From movies being filmed here to marriage proposals being issued, Glacier National Park is everything you'd expect it to be and so much more.
It's just so intriguing because there's still so much we don't know about it, with some scientists estimating that all glaciers in the park will be gone by 2030 - but of course, nobody actually knows for sure and we absolutely love that.
If you want to experience what it's like to have a movie play out before your very eyes, then go here. Go here and soak it all in.
21 Boulder - So Peaceful
Colorado is a wonderful place and, unsurprisingly, you're going to discover that on more than one occasion throughout the course of this piece. We're going to kick our personal obsession off with a trip to Boulder, which is arguably one of the greatest places in the United States of America.
From the greenery to the winter conditions to the astonishing views and beyond, it's just a happy place to live. Beyond that it's also a really happy place to visit, and the reason for that is probably because it tends to be pretty expensive.
Either way, though, there are few places better for a self-imposed mental rejuvenation trip.
20 Alaska - Cold Yet Cosy
Yup, we're gonna go ahead and include a whole state in here. Why? Because Homer Simpson was right.
Yes, you need context, we understand. Essentially, when Homer wanted to kickstart a new life for himself and his family, the first place that came to mind was Alaska - and it's not exactly difficult to understand why.
You could go from being one type of person to a completely different one in the blink of an eye, and doesn't that just sound like the most wonderful turn of events anyone could ever experience?
Visit Alaska, kids. You won't regret it one bit.
19 Yellowstone National Park - Ignore The Conspiracies
Yellowstone National Park has that aura of danger surrounding it, based on the many conspiracy theories that surround a volcanic eruption could be utterly catastrophic for the surrounding areas.
Yet, with that idea in your head, visiting does tend to make you feel like you're on the edge of somewhere really special. It clears your head in a way that nothing else can, to the point where you're left sitting back and marvelling at the beauty of your surroundings.
It really is quite something, and it deserves its place amongst the greats in terms of nature parks - in our humble estimation.
18 El Matador Beach - Yes Please
Ah, El Matador Beach. Not only does it have an incredibly cool name, but it's also incredibly cool in a general sense.
The feeling of unsuspecting danger can serve as an adrenaline rush to some people, and we think that kind of attitude can be adapted to the beach here. From the uneven rocks to the unpredictable ocean, it's the silent equivalent of taking on a jiu jitsu specialist in an MMA fight - because you never know what's going to happen.
If you're into that kind of thing, and you need a bit of a break from your better half, then we'd consider this to be a good use of your time.
17 US Route 50 - The Lonely Road
Route 50 is the loneliest road in the United States of America, and isn't it just so typical of the USA folk to actually gift a road that kind of title? Seriously, we consider it to be beyond belief that this is an actual thing, but here we are.
Driving in general can be quite soothing, though, and we'd imagine that the same is true of Route 50. The possibility of not seeing another car for miles can be quite daunting or potentially even quite satisfying, as if you're stuck in some kind of post-apocalypse reality. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.
16 Maui - Just Chill Out
Hawaii as a whole is just a tremendous place and if you disagree with that theory, then you've clearly never been there. It's considered to be a part of the United States of America but in reality, it's a whole different entity in itself and we can appreciate that.
The 'home away from home' statement couldn't be more accurate here, especially with somewhere like Maui. Honolulu is nice too but it just tends to feel a little bit more commercial, whereas Maui gives you that 'something different' which we all need from time to time. If you say you don't, then you're kidding yourself.
15 Biltmore Estate - Something Different
This is the first of two entries featuring the region of Asheville, although this is a little bit different to the one that we're going to talk about later. Biltmore Estate is the kind of private estate and tourist attraction that you only come by every so often in the States, which is what makes it so special.
It's interesting to see how the other half live from time to time in order to remind yourself of what you already have, because that contrast is what makes the United States so 'divided'. That sounds like a negative point to leave the entry on, but these are the type of things you'll end up thinking about when visiting.
14 Napa Valley - Get The Wine!
Do you like wine? If the answer is yes, then Napa Valley will be right up your alley.
If your answer is no, then Napa Valley will still be right up your alley. Why? Because it's different. Some would suggest that Napa is reserved for the elite of the elite in US pop culture, but literally anyone could visit here and end up having a great time.
Some of the views will make you consider retiring right on the spot in order to start your new life in Cali, but it should also (again) make you think about the future.
13 Nantucket - For The Elite
Most people think of Nantucket and picture the kind of place that you and I could only dream of visiting one day. In reality, though, there's so much more to Nantucket's character than meets the eye - which should teach us all a very valuable lesson.
Judging a book by its cover is the worst thing you could possibly do and in Nantucket, that lesson will never be more evident. You'll go thinking one thing and then you'll come back with an entirely different viewpoint, and that's refreshing.
Either way, you could always just go and enjoy the annual Cranberry Festival. That sounds like a good time for us.
12 Oregon Coast - America's answer to Cornwall
Oregon is a great American state full of wonderful cities, countryside towns and niche pieces of US culture. The Oregon coast, in particular, serves as a shining example of that and in many ways, it reminds us of somewhere else that we love to visit.
That 'somewhere else' is Cornwall, and if you've ever had the pleasure of visiting the English county, then you'll understand the analogy here.
Oregon is misconstrued more often than not as being a pretty irrelevant part of the country, and that message can often resonate through so many men and women out there - when in reality, you're all special.
11 Asheville - What A Place
Ah, other Asheville.
We say other Asheville because aside from the world of estates and luxurious cars, you've got the kind of camping destinations that would make most kids scream out with joy. Of course, it's not just kids that are into camping, because adults can use it as a way to 'release' themselves from their everyday lives, which is always important.
To be perfectly honest with you, we could've included 95% of camping spots around the country, but Asheville, as a city, feels like it fits the bill more than most. Some might argue that entire cities can't be secluded by default, but you'd be oh so wrong.
10 Joshua Tree - Yes, That One
While this may look like somewhere located deep in the annals of the Mexican desert, as it turns out, that isn't the case. Joshua Tree (yes the one you hear about all the time) is a National Park in California.
Some may say that it lacks character but we believe that couldn't be any further from the actual truth, and from a sheer size perspective, the fact that it's slightly bigger than the state of Rhode Island tells you all that you need to know.
It doesn't matter whether you're walking through it or just stopping to sample it, because Joshua Tree is pretty cool in our eyes.
9 Winnett, Montana - Go Get That Ranch
Winnett, Montana is everything you'd expect a tiny Montana town to be and so much more, with a three-digit population and a whole bunch of ranches.
Why is that important? Because it exemplifies why America is such a weird and curious place. The majority of you reading this will have a lovely home, a lovely partner and a lovely community, and while Winnett may have all of that and more, how are we to know?
There should be no poverty in a country like the States, and yet places like Winnett still exist. Baffling. If nothing else, you should go there out of pure intrigue.
8 Crested Butte - We Love Colorado
The mountain summit of Crested Butte sticks with the kind of theme that you'd expect of Colorado, in the sense that you never quite know what you're going to get. From the snowy hilltops to the beautiful green grass background, this could be anything from a place to walk the dogs to a place to ski down at 50 mph.
In a way the state of Colorado reminds us a lot of Hawaii, with that 'this doesn't even feel like America' kind of vibe to it. It's important for those states to exist because without them, and without their forward thinking viewpoints, the US could be in a much worse place.
7 Diablo Lake - What A Name
If you like kayaking or canoeing, Diablo Lake is the place for you. If you like looking at beautiful landscapes while getting the chance to reflect on life as we know it then Diablo Lake is for you.
If you like anything and everything that is beautiful in this world, then Diablo Lake is for you.
It's just magnificent, you guys, and we can't say enough good things about it.
6 Marfa - The Texan Silence
When we think of Marfa, Texas we think of a few things - the fact that a 'city' has less than 2,000 residents, and the fact that around 30 miles outside of it, you have the Prada Marfa sculpture.
It's quite the spectacle to behold and we'd argue that it's one of the most fascinating design pieces that we've seen in an awfully long time. We might be overestimating that, but the idea of something so wonderful and 'prestigious' being located in the middle of nowhere is really intriguing to us.
It kind of makes you think, doesn't it? Yeah, it does.
5 Letchworth State Park - The Hub Of NY Culture
The state of New York is big and bold, and more than that, it's misunderstood.
New York City itself isn't everyone's cup of tea and we can completely understand why, and it certainly isn't the kind of place you'd go if you wanted a 'secluded' trip away from your family.
Letchworth, though, is.
From the waterfalls to the surrounding greenery it's as if you're living inside of a painting, and that's a really neat contrast to have. It's a powerful place to experience up close in more ways than one, and we'd suggest that you all give it a go.
4 The Hamptons - For The Really Elite
Big houses. Beautiful gardens. Rich people. What's not to love?
Going to Hollywood is all well and good but it's so crowded over there that you'll barely be able to hear yourself think. When you go to the Hamptons your experience will be completely different, mainly because everyone there is just a lot more chilled out.
It's not like you can walk into every single house and look around but you can certainly enjoy the fresh New York air as well as the complete contrast from somewhere like Times Square.
Plus, your partner would probably go crazy when she finds out! She'd be more than happy to let you leave her there indefinitely.
3 Sedona - Seclusion In Arizona
Don't think. Just do it.
We understand the second half of that statement tends to be attributed to Nike more so than anything else but come on now, Sedona is just different.
You expect to get lost in your thoughts when you go somewhere like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but that's kind of a poor representation when you consider just how many tourists you have to deal with.
Sedona is much more peaceful than that, and it allows you to cut out the excess of everyday life, if only for a few hours. Doesn't that sound really lovely?
2 Mount Timpanogos - Up In The Mountains
Remember when we told you about Utah's mountains? Well here we are.
Located at 11,752 ft (3,582 m) above sea level, you can understand why this is somewhere that isn't your everyday vacation spot. Obviously not being your everyday vacation spot doesn't sound very appealing to most folks, but it depends what you want to get out of your getaway.
If you want to challenge yourself in ways that you never thought possible then you should absolutely commit to going here at some point in your lifetime, because it truly is bucket list stuff in our view.
1 Mount Rushmore - Believe It Or Not
You're probably thinking that this is some kind of mistake, but trust us, it really isn't.
Mount Rushmore is a magnificent piece of architectural beauty in our mind, and we aren't just saying that for the sake of it.
As it turns out not as many folks visit here as you'd think, and that should offer up the perfect opportunity for you to go somewhere to be alone with your thoughts. It's rather secluded, there's no doubt about that.
Or, you know, if you and your buddies just want to go and stare at it for a while, that's cool too. Either way it's a lot of fun.