Humans love to make a racket. From our car horns to jackhammers, noise is a constant companion wherever people come together to live, work and play.
So where can a person go to find some peace and quiet?
Thanks to data gathered by the National Park Service, it’s now easy to find the nation’s sanctuaries of silence. Researchers conducted more than 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring at 546 different sites to construct a map (above) that shows the average noise levels throughout t