If you are trying to plan a natural vacation that is just as beautiful as it is relaxing, why not visit one of the many hot springs across the US? Whether you are more of a “spa enthusiast” kind of person or prefer to dip in nature, you have a lot of different options all over the country that will suit your needs and desires. And to narrow down your options and make your life a bit easier, we bring you a list of the 10 best hot springs in the US. However, keep in mind that hot springs can be quite dangerous – only swim in safe areas and be extra cautious.
1. Calistoga, California
If you are really into hot springs, Calistoga, a city located in lovely Napa Valley, is the place for you! There are several hot springs you should visit in this city alone. And if you enjoy a relaxing spa treatment, there are many resorts in the area where you can enjoy mineral pools and waters. Splurge a little and treat yourself to a geothermal pool experience in one of the many fancy hotels.
2. Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming
Because of the abundance of natural hot springs, this park has earned the congratulatory name of Thermopolis. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, know that you can use the public waters for free, and soak at a comfortable 104-degrees. While you are there, visit the Legend Rock and take a look at the fascinating petroglyphs. But be careful with bison!
3. Travertine Hot Springs, Bridgeport, California
Looking for a more natural vacation? Just off Route 395 you can enjoy the wilderness of the Sierras of the California State Park and enjoy some nice baths on the natural Travertine Hot Springs. The pools might be small and rustic, but they are just what you need to relax after a long day of hiking through nature.
4. Chena Hot Springs Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska
We couldn’t talk about hot springs without mentioning hot springs in Alaska, could we? We know it’s a remote location, but it’s also a very special one. Located in Fairbanks, the Chena Hot Springs Resort is a complete dream. Inside, you can visit the Aurora Ice Museum, and enjoy all sorts of exciting activities. The winter can be quite hard around Fairbanks, but the hot springs are super cozy. And if you are lucky enough, maybe you’ll get to observe the magical northern lights during your visit.