The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the most relaxing places in the world, a new study says.
The BWCAW ranked No. 5 on Unify Cosmos' list of the most relaxing destinations as part of a project to find the most relaxing sounds in the world.
Unify Cosmos – a personal development and personal growth website that promotes meditation and spiritual initiatives – says the Boundary Waters' network of waterways, vast landscape and sheer size "make it a perfect destination for both those looking for recreational activities and for those in pursuit of relaxation and escapism."
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This is the latest acknowledgment of the BWCAW's peacefulness. Last month, the International Dark Sky Association certified it as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, making the BWCAW the 13th Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world, and also the largest.
For the Most Relaxing Sounds study, Unify Cosmos used search volume data to find the most searched for relaxing spots and curated a soundboard of the 50 most relaxing places so people can listen and experience the destination from anywhere during a time when travel is restricted or not recommended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The No. 1 most relaxing destination is Yosemite, California. Onda Beach in the Dominican Republic is ranked No. 2, followed by Jökulsárlón, Iceland, at No. 3, with the Aegean Islands, Greece, ranked just ahead of the BWCAW at No. 4.
Rounding out the top 10 are: Siargao Island Beach in the Phillippines at No. 6, Mount Fuji, Japan, at No. 7, Nova Scotia Shores, Canada, at No. 8, Makena Beach in Maui, Hawaii, at No. 9 and the Tatra Mountains in Poland at No. 10.
According to Unify Cosmos, taking time to stop and listen to your natural surroundings can boost wellbeing, increase generosity, enhance life satisfaction and calm senses, adding that sounds can help your brain feel free, remove any distractions and bring focus back to the feeling of self.
“Take a second to close your eyes, pause, breathe in these sounds of nature, and dream a little, regardless of where you are – because listening to crashing waves, or birds in the trees can bring many other things to your life," Unify Cosmos owner David Foley said in a statement.
To listen to the most relaxing sounds in the world, see below or click here.