Part hot springs, part resort, this soaking haven has been attracting visitors to its healing waters ever since it was discovered by miners in 1905. The composition of the 106°F water contains a medley of minerals said to bring relief to any number of ailments, from muscle strains to arthritis, and an onsite spa can help relieve any additional kinks via a Swedish or deep tissue massage. Come nightfall, it’s possible to spot the aurora borealis mid soak thanks to its location in central Alaska.
Depending on where you live, a visit to the beach can sometimes require the same level of organization as an expedition across the Sahara. But when you tire of shlepping cargo across sand, a dip in a local swimming hole is a just-as-stunning option for a day at the water – especially if you’re trying to avoid crowds during the hot and sticky summer months.
Thankfully, the US is peppered with spots to swim and soak and spend quality time becoming one with nature. Here are eight places that top our list, from Alaska to Utah. Some do require permits to access and others can only be reached on foot, so plan accordingly, but you’ll find that after dipping a toe in the crystal-clear waters, it was well worth the journey.