World’s Best Spots for Serious Peace & Quiet

Posted on June 15, 2011

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InSearch of Silence: Namib Desert

According to the Guinness Book ofRecords, the quietest place on Earth is a non-echoing chamber found at OrfieldLaboratories Inc. in Minnesota. Sure, it’s perfect if you want absolutesilence, but not so great on room service and amenities, so here are otheroptions for weary travelers seeking a place to unplug, unwind, recharge andjust relax.

Text by Heidi Schuessler, Bing Travel; photo editing by Connie Ricca.

The Namib Desert, which covers an area the size of Switzerland in Namibia, is theoldest desert in the world. The dramatic wind-carved red sand dunes remainlargely unpopulated save by geckos, kudu, rare mountain zebras and otherdesert-dwelling critters. Drive with a tour about an hour from the entrance ofNamib-Naukluft National Park and you reach Sossuvlei and the tallestsand dunes in the world — some topping 1,000 feet. Enjoy the rarified feelingof solitude and silence while walking among the dunes, or among the many hikingtrails in the park.

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