The 5 Best Hot Springs Destinations in the World
There are few natural phenomena that are as relaxing and rejuvenating as a hot spring. These geothermal features are a bit like nature's own hot tubs, often offering a relaxing soak in some surprisingly remote and beautiful locations. The United States has more than its fair share of incredibly hot springs, to be sure, but there are plenty in other parts of the world as well.
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Here are our picks for 5 of the best to visit!
1. Takaragawa Onsen (Japan)
Visitors to Japan's Takaragawa Onsen hot springs come for the promise of healing waters but stay for the majestic views. Nestled in a tranquil forest setting and surrounded by mountains, it's hard not to feel at one with nature while enjoying the therapeutic waters. In a country that is known for having more than its fair share of hot springs to enjoy, this is one of the best destinations without a doubt. For the complete experience, be sure to book a stay at a nearby hotel and really immerse yourself in the culture.
2. Challis Hot Springs (Idaho)
The natural spring water bubbles from the ground and drains through the gravel and the river bed to reach the two hot springs at Challis located in Idaho. The temperature of the outdoor pool is regulated to be comfortable for swimming, while the temperature of the indoor therapy pool is left entirely to Mother Nature. Visitors can also stay at the small inn, which is comfortable and quaint. For a more rustic experience, camp on the banks of the Salmon River, a short distance from the springs.
3. The Blue Lagoon (Iceland)
Perhaps the most famous hot spring in the entire world, Iceland's Blue Lagoon is as relaxing as it is picturesque. The water temperature fluctuates between 98 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit at all times, making it an attractive place to take a dip. The mineral-rich waters are also good for the skin, while the hot vapors remove all kinds of toxins from the body. If you plan to visit Iceland, you should definitely visit this place - it is as good for the soul as it is for the body.
4. The Boiling River (Yellowstone National Park)
It's an easy, flat walk to the Boiling River in Yellowstone's northwest corner, making this destination easily accessible. The National Park Service allows divers (dressed only) to enjoy the Boiling River during the day. Every year, people use rocks to create pools along the riverbank, where the hot water from the hot springs mixes with the cold water from the Gardner River, creating makeshift hot tubs as a result.
While you're in the area, you can also visit Mammoth Hot Springs, much to your delight, as no soaking is allowed. If you're not heading north to Yellowstone, visit the Firehole River in the south. While Firehole offers warm water and some rock jumping opportunities, it is not as warm and relaxing as the Boiling River and accessing it can be more dangerous if the waters are moving fast.
Believe it or not, you can soak in Yellowstone's hot springs year-round, including winter. There is no better way to beat the cold and many find it more relaxing at this time of year.
5. The Springs at Pagosa Springs (Colorado)
The 23 pools at The Springs form a terrace on the east bank of the San Juan River in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Guests can head downstream from the hot springs or watch the kayaks and rafters lazily pass by. If you need a break from the hot pools, which range between 33 and 114 degrees Fahrenheit, you can simply take a dip in the icy waters of the nearby river. In addition to being named "The Deepest Geothermal Hot Spring in the World", the Guinness World Record, the springs offer many unique features, such as a pool that can only be reached via a partially submerged boardwalk in a lake populated by goldfish and goldfish.
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