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Boundary Waters near top in quiet, affordable places to sleep

A survey looked at the cost to stay overnight in North America's quietest places.

A canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
A survey has found the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildernes is one of the less expensive places in North America to find a quiet night's sleep.
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A recent survey found that Canada’s Grasslands National Park offers the cheapest stay in North America for those looking for the ultimate quiet night sleep in naturally silent locations, with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness tieing for second place.

The study was conducted by Amerisleep, an online mattress and bed company, and rated the least expensive quiet-night areas in this order:

  • Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada, $116 per night.
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota, $124 per night.
  • Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Canada and U.S., $124 per night.
  • American Prairie Reserve, Montana, $142 per night.
  • Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, $233 per night.

The research analyzed the cost of a one night stay in nine “wilderness quiet parks," which have been chosen by Quiet Parks International for their healthy balance of bioacoustic activity with long noise-free intervals. They looked at nearby hotel rooms, vacation rentals and campsites.
Grasslands National Park offered the cheapest quiet night’s sleep in North America. The area is one of the most sparsely populated locations on the list, making it a top pick for a quiet night. With a handful of local hotels, nearby vacation rentals and wilderness campsites, the prairie is home to sweeping grassland and preserved wildlife, boasting a starry night sky encouraging quality sleep.

The BWCAW is 1 million acres of lake-studded forest. Canoeing is the main means of access to this area, with hundreds of miles of canoe routes, perfect for those looking to escape everyday hustle and bustle.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park , a combination of two parks spanning the U.S.-Canadian border, offers its 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 huge 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.

“It’s important for people 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," said April Mayer of Amerisleep. People “have a variety of choices, with the option of a silent night’s sleep in beautiful locations for under $200.”

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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