After the whirlwind of the holidays, many of us crave space. Because while the holiday season is filled with fun and family, the need for peace and quiet come January and February is real. Luckily, there are lots of national forests, parks, and preserves across the country where one can do just that. “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness,” said John Muir, and we wholeheartedly agree. Heed the call and escape from it all in these rugged and remote wilderness areas in the U.S.

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What’s remarkable about spending time in nature is that, even if you’re alone, you’ll never feel lonely. When surrounded by the forest and wildlife, mountains and rivers, you’ll be in the very best kind of company — the kind that fills, not depletes, your bucket.

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Looking for more awe-inspiring places to experience in this beautiful country of ours? It’s hard to compare to the beauty of Maroon Bells. This place of sublime splendor is the culmination of more than 300 million years of geologic activity, including sedimentation, weathering, and erosion by wind, water, and ice. It’s one of Mother Nature’s finest masterpieces, and truly deserving of a place on your bucket list. For more travel ideas and inspiration, follow OnlyInYourState on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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