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Here at Travelocity, we know a thing or two about bucket list travels. In fact, we pride ourselves on seeking them out and sharing them with you. To help expand your bucket list a bit more, we asked Joe Miragliotta of Joe’s Daily to share with us a few hot springs in the US that are worth a soak on your next vacation.
Valley View Hot Springs: Colorado
If an out in the woods, rustic, clothing-optional hot springs experience sounds like your kind of vibe, then you will definitely want to check out Valley View Hot Springs. The isolated resort is located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo range, where several hot springs pools are situated around the woods.
Burgdorf Hot Springs: McCall, Idaho
The Burgdorf Hot Springs will forever hold a special place in my heart as it was the first hot spring experience I ever had. I was on a trip to Southwest Idaho to experience winter activities and this was at the top of my list. We took a 70-mile roundtrip snowmobile ride to the hot springs starting at the Brundage Mountain Resort. The ride was long and exhausting, but all worth it once we got in to soak. The 35-mile trek back didn’t seem like much after relaxing in the hot springs for an hour. And you just can’t beat the views.
Jemez Hot Springs: New Mexico
Formerly named “Giggling Springs,” Jemez Hot Springs located along the Jemez River reopened in 2016 newly renovated, featuring four outdoor pools with 17 healing minerals in the water. This particular hot springs accommodates up to 50 guests who can enjoy poolside service while they soak.
North Carolina Hot Springs: North Carolina
North Carolina Hot Springs, located in the town of Hot Springs less than hour from Asheville, is ideal for those looking to experience the benefits of soaking in the mineral-rich water, while also enjoying more upscale spa-quality accommodations. They offer a number of different tubs to soak in, as well as health-promoting massages and more.
Alvord Hot Springs: Oregon
The Alvord Hot Springs stands out for a variety of reasons. For one, it was used for many years almost exclusively by ranch hands and passing cowboys passing. Now, it’s one of the more popular hot springs in the US due to its beautiful setting. Picture a hot spring in a wide-open field where you can camp and soak whenever you want. Just imagine being able to stargaze at night from in the water, catching the morning sunrise or evening sunset, all while you’re soaking in mother nature’s hot tub. Not a bad thought, right?
Mystic Hot Springs: Utah
Mystic Hot Springs is the brainchild of producer, director and artist, Mike Ginsburg. In 1995, he discovered the springs after traveling home back to Denver from the last Vegas Dead show. Enchanted, he bought the property and has been working there ever since. Using his artistic talents, Ginsburg has added new soaking areas, restored cabins and used the location to promote concerts, create jewelry and much more.
Boiling River Hot Springs: Wyoming
Wyoming’s Boiling River Hot Springs is a unique piece of paradise located where two rivers meet: One’s boiling hot and the other cold, making it a perfect spot for hydrotherapy—provided by nature. Many visitors to the area claim it’s the highlight of their trip and it’s easy to see why with all the natural beauty of surrounding Yellowstone National Park.
Honorable mentions for popularity
If you’re reading this and thinking, “Hey, that one awesome spot my cousin mentioned to me last week didn’t make the list, what’s up with that?” Don’t worry, it probably is as awesome as she says. While the focus was to highlight lesser-known gems, here are some of the most popular and worthwhile hot springs in the US—just in case that’s more appealing to you:
Chena Hot Springs: Alaska
Hot Springs National Park: Arkansas
Dunton Hot Springs: Colorado
Glenwood Hot Springs: Colorado
Fifth Water: Utah
Hot Springs State Park: Wyoming
Saratoga Springs: New York
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