Picture yourself unwinding in a steaming, natural hot spring, enveloped by verdant foliage, with no other human being in sight for miles around. The United States abounds with these secluded and easily reachable thermal springs, open for anyone to relish!
While I have my preferred choices, also getting to know some fellow travel bloggers’ favourites, I have a rundown of the most outstanding hot springs that are conveniently within reach in the United States. So sit back, relax, and relish the list!
Travertine Hot Springs, California
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Nestled in the eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, you’ll find Travertine Hot Springs. This remote area of California is characterised by its arid landscape, majestic peaks, and intriguing geology. The first advantage is that despite their seemingly remote location, the Travertine Hot Springs are conveniently accessible, just a fifteen-minute drive from Bridgeport and reachable by car. Another plus point is that the springs are completely free to access. They are situated in open spaces on state parkland, without entry gates, and a spacious parking lot is available for visitors.
Penny Hot Springs, Colorado
Due to its tranquilly, relaxation, and breathtaking river views, The Penny Hot Springs is a well-known après-ski attraction for locals. The pools divided from the river by big boulders are filled with scorching hot water bubbling up from the earth. The pool’s water temperature is lowered by the passage of chilly river water. Conveniently situated close to Aspen, past the hamlet of Carbondale, the hot springs are on the Crystal River‘s brink.
Rainbow Springs State Park, Florida
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If you’re travelling to Orlando, Florida, for Disney and Universal, think about spending a day in Rainbow Springs State Park relaxing after several tiring days of walking about. Formerly a favourite fishing place for Native American tribes, this stunning state park in Florida has water that is consistently 73 degrees year-round.
Later, it was transformed into a theme park where guests could ride in a glass-bottom boat and see the emerald-blue water, which is one of the most well-liked activities in Florida. Currently, one can bask in the serene waters alongside several indigenous Floridian families by paying a nominal fee to immerse oneself in the balmy springs.
San Antonio Hot Springs, New Mexico
The San Antonio Hot Springs, often referred to as Jemez Hot Springs, are a collection of natural pools with views of the valley below that are nestled away in the Jemez Mountains. In the midst of the pristine splendour of the surrounding nature, it is the ideal location for a peaceful and soothing bath. Additionally, considering that the nearest main road is 5 miles away, you’ll truly feel like you’re off the grid! Because the water at the pool at the top is the hottest—at 105 °F—it is also the most popular. You can be happy and anticipate sharing space with other people at the four total pools.
Terwilliger Hot Springs, Oregon
About an hour from Eugene, Oregon, Terwilliger Hot Springs, sometimes known as Cougar Hot Springs, is situated in the Cascade Mountains. Up til you get to the entrance of the hot springs, you must travel on a twisting mountain route. After paying a minimal admission charge to support the spring’s maintenance, you go on a quick and simple walk.
In the centre of an old-growth forest, the hot springs are a collection of several brilliant blue cascading pools. The temperature of the pools decreases as you get away from the source, from 115° F to 95° F, and this is a clothing-optional Hot Spring.
Fifth Water Hot Springs, Utah
Fifth Water Hot Springs’ milky-blue, viscous water appears straight out of a fairy tale. The most well-liked destination for visitors is the finish of the climb, where there are several soaking springs with breathtaking canyon views. The water becomes slightly colder as you travel further downstream, but the swimming holes are all yours.
The breathtakingly lovely, tranquil pools will beckon you to stay in them all day. The earlier you start your walk, the more time you’ll have to soak. All of the pools are warm, although those closest to the top cascade are the warmest.
Dunanda Falls Hot Springs, Wyoming
The most beautiful hot springs I’ve ever loved are in Yellowstone National Park, near Dunanda Falls Hot Springs. The pools are in an isolated position at the foot of the 150-foot Dunanda Waterfall. The area is picturesque, isolated, and covered with lush trees. Depending on the pool you choose, the hot spring water is comfortably hot or warm. The pool’s temperature is raised by mixing hot river water with cold water. There are several pools available, and they range in temperature.
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