There’s little to beat a good night’s sleep, and one of the essential ingredients needed to enable blissful slumber is some peace and quiet. For this feature, we’re focusing on the places in North America where you’re pretty much guaranteed to sleep well and, best of all, they’re places that won’t cause your bank balance too much grief!
Our regular readers will no doubt remember the feature we ran on the best places for a quiet night’s sleep in Europe, which has Poland’s Bialowieza Forest taking the top spot. As with that feature, we’re once again using the research conducted by the sleep experts Amerisleep. They’ve crunched the numbers and found that the cheapest place to head to in North America is the Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, Canada, at $116 per night.
The other standouts that featured in the research are:
- Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota, USA ($124)
- Waterton-Glacier Int. Wilderness Peace Park, Canada & USA ($124)
- American Prairie Reserve, Montana, USA ($142)
- Most expensive was Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, USA ($233)
The Amerisleep research analysed the cost of a one-night stay in nine ‘Wilderness Quiet Parks’, all of which Quiet Parks International chose for their healthy balance of bioacoustic activity with long noise-free intervals. The research included hotel rooms, vacation rentals and campsites.
Grasslands National Park takes the number one spot for the cheapest quiet night’s sleep in North America. The national park is one of the most sparsely populated places on the list, making it a top pick for a quiet slumber-filled night. The Grasslands park contains a handful of local hotels, nearby vacation rentals and wilderness campsites. It is also home to sweeping grassland, preserved wildlife, along with a starry night sky encouraging quality sleep.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota is a wilderness area consisting of over 1 million acres of inviting, thriving forest. Canoeing is the main means of access to this area; with hundreds of miles of canoe routes, it’s perfect for those looking to escape the everyday.
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a combination of two parks spanning the US-Canadian border, offers visitors a diverse landscape of prairie, forest, and alpine terrain. The accommodation at this park is typically lodges and cabins, however nearby reasonably priced hotel stays are available, and campsite pitches go for under $10.
American Prairie Reserve in Montana is a vast nature reserve spanning 3 million acres, consisting of herbaceous grasslands and grazing wildlife. This vast area is more than enough on the eye to ignite the wanderlust in any explorer.
The most expensive American location for a truly quiet night’s sleep is in Maui, Hawaii, in the Haleakala National Park, home to the volcano of the same name. Most accommodation, apart from camping, is closer to the outskirts of the national park and coast of the island.
April Mayer from Amerisleep commented, “People need to know that true peace and quiet is still obtainable in the modern world. At times when we need an escape, we know that natural quiet is not out of our reach at affordable prices. Residents of North America have a variety of choices, with the option of a silent night’s sleep in beautiful locations for under $200.”
An alternative to travelling
Many of our readers will be craving a good night’s sleep, and we appreciate that North America and Europe might not be possible to visit at this time. The good news is that we know of an alternative that we’ve tested this year that enabled us to get a great night sleep in the comfort of our own homes. The Muse S Brain Sensing Headband comes complete with digital sleeping pills and audio guides that can help you to sleep with the minimum of fuss.
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The location images that were used in the feature were courtesy of Amerisleep.