This article was originally published on BLAC Detroit.

We spend all day in front of phone screens, computer screens, and TV screens. And while these tools are helpful in our everyday lives, it’s important to unplug and disconnect to give your mind some time to relax.

If your weekly screen time report continues to surprise you, it means that it’s time to take a vacation to get away, and we’ve got the best recommendations. So, leave your phone and laptop behind because these places give you plenty to keep busy on your digital detox.


Sedona appears like a mirage in the middle of the Arizona desert. Yet, this desert oasis is the perfect escape where you can unplug and get in tune with your mind, body, and soul.

Native Americans have long discovered the unusual healing powers of the landscape surrounding Sedona. Hike into the red-rock cliffs of Cathedral Rock or Airport Mesa to experience the energy vortex phenomenon at these sites.


Rejuvenate your body and skin with a day trip to Verde Springs to soak in 100-degree natural waters or experience traditional massage techniques in the local spas.

Sedona is a trendy destination for yoga retreats with several studios, classes, and even outdoor yoga sessions in the mountains are the perfect remedy to clearing your mind.

Unplugging for a few days can give you a much-needed break from the news and information crowding our feeds every day. It provides time to listen to our mind and body to see what we need to feel good and stay productive. So, if you’re ready for a digital detox, check out these destinations and start planning your escape!


Nature heals all, so surround yourself in the lush forest-covered summits of the Poconos Mountains to see why it’s such a popular destination to unplug. Leave your phone behind and set off on a hike to Bushkills Falls or kayaking in Lake Wallenpaupack. Clear your mind while taking in views at LeHigh Gorge Scenic Railroad of the verdant landscape. Or treat yourself to a winter escape at the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.

Retreat to cozy accommodations designed for getaway trips. Immerse yourself into the environment with a glamping experience where nature is your alarm clock to wake you up to a day full of exciting outdoor adventures.


A lack of wifi while trekking through the Catskills Mountains means that you have no other choice but to be connected to nature. Located in Upstate New York, this mountain range is a popular destination for travelers looking to disconnect.

The Catskills Mountains offer charming bed and breakfast accommodations and mountain resorts equipped with spas, hot tubs with a view, and other guest amenities designed for relaxation. Hike through the Catskill Forest Preserve and uncover gems like the Kaaterskill Falls. Or ride the aerial tram to the Belleayre Mountain for panoramic views overlooking Hudson Valley. Finally, end the day at Sunset Rock to see nature’s greatest painting as the sun falls below the horizon. 


Looking down at your phone will keep you from witnessing the beautiful sights of Lake Tahoe right in front of you. The snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains setting the backdrop to this vast lake give scenery as perfect as your screen-saver.

Lake Tahoe sits on the border of California and Nevada with 72-miles of coastline. Splash around in the refreshing waters at Kings Beach, or book a boat cruise to enjoy dinner and a sunset on the lake. Hikes through Emerald Bay State Park let you encounter wildlife as you journey to overlooks providing lake views. Or visit for a winter getaway to enjoy alpine skiing at Palisades Tahoe on Olympic runs. 


Exploring the backcountry trails of Yellowstone National Park will surely take you outside of range from any devices. Now is the perfect time to brush off your maps because Siri won’t be around to give directions to the sights.

Millions of people visit Yellowstone National Park every year. This park is full of natural wonders, from the thermal water exploding 100-ft into the air from Old Faithful to views looking 1,200-ft into the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Yellowstone is truly a place to  unwind, where a hike up Tower Falls means seeing beautiful waterfalls instead of worrying about a dropped cell signal, and binoculars are the best way to zoom in on the herd of bison tramping across the landscape. It’s impossible to go wrong with choosing this gem as your go-to place to unplug. 

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