Best for Quietude
Long Point, Georgia
Solitude abounds on Cumberland Island, a barrier island four miles longer than Manhattan that only allows 300 daily visitors. Those who trek to the northern end of the 17-mile beach will be rewarded with centuries-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss, former Carnegie mansions (one now the stunning Greyfield Inn) and 50-foot dunes. A recent visit offered wild horses, loggerhead turtles, raccoons cracking lunch on oyster beds, even a gator using its body as a surfboard in the waves – but not a single human soul.