Top Five Peace-and-Quiet Getaway Destinations: Leave World Cup Crazy Behind

Has the screech of the vuvuzela got you down? Or maybe you’re finding that watching World Cup action at the best sports bars in the U.S. is also just a little too noisy?

You need some quiet.

So check out FareCompare’s Where-to-Go Getaway Map – and find yourself a cheap flight from your own airport to a little slice of serenity. A place where you can breathe – and have some fun, too.

Quietest Place on Earth

These spots do not include the “quietest place on earth” (that honor goes to an anechoic chamber at an acoustics lab in Minneapolis – certified by Guinness!) – but these destinations include favorites of a lot of people who seek peace and quiet.

Five Favorite Quiet Destinations

We think you’ll like these. But please tell us about your own favorite “peaceful places” – we’d love to hear about them. In the meantime, take a look at these:

1. The Beartooth Highway – Montana, Wyoming

Fly into Billings or fly into Bozeman then rent a car and hit the road – specifically, the Beartooth Highway – sometimes called, the most beautiful road in America. It meanders for 64 miles from Red Lodge to Cooke City over an elevation of nearly 11,000 feet, and features stunning scenery including tundra, crystalline alpine lakes, and occasional mountain goats and big horn sheep.

  • How quiet is it? Watch the eagles soar overhead; you will swear you can hear the flap of every wing…

2. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – California

Fly to Los Angeles or fly to San Diego to explore this vast realm that combines wilderness and desert. Awesome views, plus wildflowers, palms and cacti. It’s also home to roadrunners, golden eagles, foxes, deer, and iguanas and if you’re lucky, you’ll see some.

3. Badlands National Park – South Dakota

Fly to Rapid City, S.D. to see some of the most ruggedly beautiful and loneliest scenery in the world. According to the National Park Service, it has one of the world’s richest fossil beds – once home to the saber-toothed cat, and ancient rhinos and horses. Today you’ll see bison, bighorn sheep and lots of prairie dogs. And tourists.

  • There is plenty of room for roaming here to get away from them – and get away from it all.

4. Loch Lomond – Scotland

Fly to Glasgow and within minutes, you can be at this beautiful loch (lake), the largest single inland waterway in Britain; yes, it gets lots of visitors, but there is enough serenity here (not to mention gorgeous views and the ruins of a 14th century castle) to keep you tranquil.

  • Don’t worry about interruptions from Nessie – the monster resides in that other loch.

5. Cape Cod – Massachusetts

Fly to Boston and head southeast to enjoy this charming New England seashore. Now, I love Cape Cod, but I don’t know that I would characterize it as an “oasis of silence” as Forbes did – there are too many people enjoying the ocean there for that. On the other hand, it’s easy to lose yourself hiking in the dunes.

  • Some think the true beauty of the Cape emerges only in the stern and forbidding New England winter – when a tramp on the beach really is an exercise in solitude.

Badlands photo by geoftheref on flickr

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Published: June 25, 2010