As it gets chillier outside, it’s the perfect time to consider visiting some hot springs. A great way to relax or add something unique to your trip, the United States has no shortage of hot springs perfect for soaking! Here are 10 you’ll want to visit this winter.
1. Thermopolis (Wyoming)
Head over to Thermopolis, Wyoming to experience several relaxing spring-fed spots! You’ll want to check out Hot Springs State Park, which is home to a free hot spring-fed bathhouse as well as wildlife such as bison. If you’re looking for a longer soak, consider heading over to the Star Plunge or Hellie’s TeePee and Spa as well.
2. Deep Creek Hot Springs (California)
If you enjoy hiking, you’ll want to check out Deep Creek Hot Springs in San Bernadino National Forest. Located at the end of a 3.6-mile trail, the springs are well worth the trek. There are several natural pools of varying temperatures, allowing you to be able to choose the one you most prefer.
3. Wild Willy’s Hot Springs (California)
Wild Willy’s Hot Springs is located near Mammoth Lakes. Several pools make up these naturally occurring springs and typically range in temperature from 95-105 degrees fahrenheit. It’s also home to a unique heart-shaped spring that is perfect for photos! While the springs are open to visitors year-round, the roads surrounding them can occasionally close due to weather – be sure to double-check before heading out!
4. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)
Located in Garland County, Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park lives up to its name. In addition to viewing several springs, you can also go for a relaxing soak at one of the park’s two bathhouses. In addition to this, the park offers a unique opportunity to drink water from select springs – the higher temperatures kill most bacteria rendering it safe to drink.
5. Omni Bedford Springs Resort (Pennsylvania)
If you’re looking for a fully luxurious way of experiencing hot springs, Omni Bedford Springs Resort is the place for you! This historic hotel has offered guests rest and relaxation for over a century. It currently features the Springs Eternal Spa, which is fed by the most recently discovered spring in the area. The resort also has several other amenities including a golf course.
6. Chena Hot Springs (Alaska)
This remote hot spring resort is more than worth the trip required to get to it! The resort offers both indoor and outdoor soaking opportunities, as well as an additional unique attraction in the form of the Aurora Ice Museum.
7. Astoria Hot Springs (Wyoming)
This is a great option for those looking for a serene and peaceful spot that still features some amenities! Located on the outskirts of Jackson, Wyoming, Astoria Hot Springs features several pools of varying temperatures. It also features a children’s pool that is slightly cooler, making this a great option for the whole family!
8. Calistoga Spa Hot Springs (California)
Here’s another great option for those looking for all-inclusive amenities as well as warm waters. This resort and spa features several geothermal pools that you can relax in. They also offer additional features such as mud baths. You can also look forward to enjoying several other activities during your stay – opportunities for wine tasting, hot air balloon rides, and hiking are all nearby the hotel.
9. Sol Duc Springs Resort (Washington)
Sol Duc Springs Resort, located in Olympic National Park, offers both overnight accommodations as well as day access to their 3 spring-fed pools. Even better, you’ll be close to several other gorgeous locations such as the Hoh Rainforest and the coast!
10. Terwilliger Hot Springs (Oregon)
If you’re looking to get back to nature, consider visiting Terwilliger Hot Springs! These rustic hot springs consist of several pools that increase in temperature as they grow closer to the source. The lowest pool hovers around 85 degrees fahrenheit, while the upper pool is closer to 112. The pools are also surrounded by the lush foliage of the forest, and only require a short, quarter of a mile hike to reach. They are open year-round. However, road conditions can be rough at times, especially in wetter months – be sure to double-check they are suitable for your vehicle before heading out.
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