Bucket List November 22, 2021
Relax All Your Worries Away At These 19 Jaw-Dropping Hot Springs In The U.S.
There’s little more satisfying than relaxing in a steaming hot tub on a chilly day, except perhaps relaxing in a steaming
hot springs on a chilly day. Consider these natural wonders Mother Nature’s mic drop; no matter the season, natural hot springs offer soothing, warm waters in the most sublime scenic settings. All across the U.S., you’ll find hot springs to fit every type of adventure, whether you’re looking to take a quick, post-hike dip or a lavish, spa-like experience. From Alaskan springs that offer front-row seats to the northern lights to a national park that’s world-renowned for its geothermal waters, these 19 jaw-dropping hot springs in the U.S. offer unrivaled, incomparable, bucket-list-worthy experiences.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs - Calistoga, California
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, 1006 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA
Northern California isn't just home to some of the most amazing vineyards and wineries in the country; it's also a place of immense scenic splendor and natural wonders -- like
Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
. In Napa Valley, Calistoga is well-known for its abundant geothermal pools and hot springs. Several resorts in the area offer mineral pools where visitors can enjoy these warm waters; Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, for example, has four geothermal mineral pools, including a hot whirlpool and a warm lap pool. Soaking in these springs while admiring the stunning NorCal scenery is sure to melt all your stresses away.
Wilbur Hot Springs Resort - Williams, California
Wilbur Hot Springs, 3375 Wilbur Springs Rd, Williams, CA 95987, USA
Another NorCal treasure, Wilbur Hot Springs Resort is located on 1,800 acres of incredible California countryside. In addition to its immense scenic beauty,
Wilbur Hot Springs
is unique in that it's a fully
off-the-grid, luxury spa experience
. The waters here are said to have medicinal, healing properties; but truly, every aspect of Wilbur Hot Springs Resort is therapeutic. Soaking in the healing waters while gazing upon the great California expanse -- this is a grounding, life-affirming experience. This nature sanctuary is sure to revitalize you from the inside out; all you need to do is show up, unplug, and let go!
Travertine Hot Springs - Bridgeport, California
Travertine Hot Springs, Bridgeport, CA 93517, USA
If soaking in 120 degree waters whilst gazing upon the sublime Sierras sounds like your dream come true, simply head to
Travertine Hot Springs
. One of the more
destinations on this list, Travertine Hot Springs is located on California State Park land off of Route 395 -- and these springs are well-worth seeking out. These
small, bubbling pools
are stunningly spectacular to see in person, and are the perfect stop after a long day of hiking in the California wilds.
Lithia Springs Resort & Wine Garden - Ashland, Oregon
Lithia Springs Resort - Oregon's Mineral Waters Retreat, 2165 W Jackson Rd, Ashland, OR 97520, USA
is a place that needs no introduction; this PNW destination has long been lauded for its healing powers. Located in the unique little town of Ashland, this resort's outdoor saline pool is perfect for soaking, and, during the warmer months, some poolside lounging might be just what you need to decompress from the stress of everyday life. There are 38 accommodations at this resort, and almost every room has its own soaking tub filled with the spa's healing mineral waters. The area has a
of providing relaxation and healing to local people; Native Americans and early settlers used the springs around Ashland for their curative properties for arthritis, skin conditions, and sore muscles. You can enjoy these magical mineral waters from the privacy of your room, for the ultimate relaxing, rejuvenating, restorative experience.
Burgdorf Hot Springs - McCall, Idaho
Burgdorf Hot Springs, 404 French Creek, McCall, ID 83638, USA
Idaho might just be the most underestimated state in the country. Not only is it immensely beautiful, but it's also a veritable
hot springs treasure trove
. And the most glorious of them all is
Burgdorf Hot Springs
. This resort in McCall, Idaho, has something for everyone: two hot pools that simmer at an average temperature of 113 degrees Fahrenheit, along with a smaller pool that's perfect for kids. This property is definitely
; the cabins are comfortable, but sparse (you'll need to bring your own bedding), and during the winter, this resort is only accessible via snowmobile. It's worth the effort, however, as Burgdorf Hot Springs offers guests the rare opportunity to truly
get away from it all
Hot Springs State Park - Thermopolis, Wyoming
Hot Springs State Park, 220 Park St, Thermopolis, WY 82443, USA
The aptly named Wyoming town of
is a hotbed for hot springs; in addition to boasting to numerous smaller pools, this town is also home to Hot Springs State Park. This park has some of the best hiking in the country, as well as a free public bathhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, perfect for soothing your muscles after hiking in the park. Soaking in the 104-degree waters while surrounded by the Wyoming wilds (this area is home to numerous bison herds, in fact), makes for a wholly wondrous, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Yellowstone Hot Springs - Montana
Yellowstone Hot Springs, 24 E Gate Rd, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
Easily the most iconic hot springs in America,
Excelsior Geyser Crater at Yellowstone National Park
is a bucket-list must. While Yellowstone's hot springs extend into Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it's Montana where you'll find Yellowstone Hot Springs, just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park. After safely viewing the park's thermal basins and geysers from afar, you can experience the region's geothermal waters at Yellowstone Hot Springs. This is a geothermal pool unlike any other in the world, with mineral-rich springs sure to assuage all your aches and pains.
Castle Hot Springs - Morristown, Arizona
Castle Hot Springs, AZ 85342, USA
Castle Hot Springs will profoundly change the way you think about Arizona, a state known for its arid desert landscapes. This
features all the amazing amenities you'd expect at an all-inclusive resort, including chef-made meals, exclusive access to the springs, and organized activities like guided hikes and farm tours. Of course, the main attraction here are the springs, and they don't disappoint. Several secluded pools are located within Castle Hot Springs; and between the springs themselves, luxurious resort, and sublime desert scenery, you're all but guaranteed to have a wholly unique and pleasurable soaking experience.
Diamond Fork Hot Springs - Springville, Utah
Diamond Fork Road, Diamond Fork Rd, Utah, USA
Diamond Fork Hot Springs
are nothing short of magical; within this area you'll find several soaking pools as well as a brilliant waterfall. With their bold blue and emerald green waters, these hot springs look like something out of a fairy tale, and are a wondrous reward at the end of a strenuous hike. While accessible all year long, during the winter, you may need snowshoes for the trail to the springs, and a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access the
Iron Mountain Hot Springs - Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Iron Mountain Hot Springs, 281 Centennial St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA
There are 16 magnificent
at Iron Mountain Hot Springs, a luxurious destination in Colorado. Situated alongside the beautiful Colorado River in Glenwood Springs and surrounded by Rocky Mountain views that soothe and inspire, this is a place sure to stoke and satisfy your wanderlust. The resort also features a smaller freshwater pool, which, at 94 degrees, is ideal for families. Amenities such as towel tree sculptures at each soaking pool, changing rooms stocked with complimentary shower products, and on-site restaurant that serves food and drinks make this a wonderful place to relax, restore, and rejuvenate.
Dunton Hot Springs - Dunton, Colorado
Dunton Hot Springs
has been called one of the best in the country, and it's a well-earned, wholly true title. Dunton Hot Springs offers guests a variety of geothermal pools in the most picture-perfect setting imaginable. What makes this glamping resort even more magical is that guests can soak inside the bathhouse, in an outdoor pool, or book the Well House for a private hot springs experience. Soaking in the beautiful Colorado wilds in your very own geothermal hot tub? If that isn't an experience for your bucket list, we don't know what is.
Radium Hot Springs - Kremmling, Colorado
Located along the Colorado River, about 15 miles southwest of Kremmling, Colorado, are the famed
Radium Hot Springs
. While not as well-known as some of Colorado's other hot springs (see Dunton Hot Springs, above), Radium Hot Springs offers an equally enchanting experience that's sure to sweep you off your feet -- literally. These springs are free to visit and experience; you'll simply need to embark upon a short, mile-long trek. Those willing to set out a little adventure be handsomely rewarded, however, as these secluded springs are surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in the county.
Riverbend Hot Springs - Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Riverbend Hot Springs, 100 Austin St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA
Riverbend Hot Springs
is one of New Mexico's most spectacular treasures, offering visitors the unique opportunity to gaze across the resplendent Rio Grande while they soak. In fact, this is the only hot springs resort located along the mighty Rio Grande River, a region of incomparable natural beauty. These hot springs have long been considered sacred by the Apache and Mimbres tribes of southern New Mexico; the natural mineral waters believed to have therapeutic benefits and detoxifying abilities. These geothermal waters offer a truly peace-giving experience, so even if you don't spend the night, these therapeutic pools are absolutely worth booking for the day. But we have a feeling that once you visit, you'll most certainly want to spend a night... or two.
Langford Hot Springs - Big Bend National Park, Texas
Langford Hot Springs, Texas 79834, USA
Within the wondrous
Big Bend National Park
, there is a place which, upon first glance, seems like a desert mirage. Surrounded by the expanse of the Lone Star State, Landford Hot Springs is an inviting little oasis that's practically perfect. Along a stretch beginning upstream of Rio Grande Village, a series of thermal springs emerges adjacent to the Rio Grande -- and Langford Hot Springs is the biggest and brightest of them all. These waters contain calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, and lithium, and their therapeutic properties cannot be overstated. If you visit these natural pools, be sure to
leave no trace
, so that future explorers and adventure-seekers can experience the magic, as well.
Hot Springs National Park - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hot Springs National Park, AR, USA
Hot Springs National Park
is a place that needs no introduction, as it's one of the most well-known and highly regarded hot springs in the country. It's also one of the most historic: while Yellowstone is often believed to be the oldest national park in the country, the title technically belongs to this park in Arkansas. Despite the fact that it’s only a fraction of the size of Yellowstone, Hot Springs National Park is no less impressive. In fact, the natural hot springs are what originally attracted people to this part of Arkansas, who aptly named their new settlement
. There are no outdoor hot springs at the national park; however, you can visit
's Buckstaff Bathhouse or Quapaw Baths to soak in the region's celebrated geothermal waters.
Allegheny Springs, Virginia
The Omni Homestead Resort, 7696 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs, VA 24445, USA
Tucked away in a town called Hot Springs, the
Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia
is a historic accommodation that has attracted visitors from near and far for centuries. Not only does this hotel offer the perfect setting for a winter getaway, but it also features natural hot springs that will warm you up on even the chilliest days. The original lodging was built in 1766 to be in close proximity to the hot springs, which were believed to be therapeutic; today, these springs are still the resort's most popular feature. Can you imagine a more picturesque setting for watching the snow fall than this picture-perfect, naturally heated outdoor pool? We certainly can't.
Kitch-iti-kipi - Manistique, Michigan
Kitch-iti-kipi, Sawmill Rd, Manistique, MI 49854, USA
If you thought all of America's best hot springs were located in the West, allow us to introduce you to
, a sublime hot spring in Manistique, Michigan. (Because, of
the Great Lakes State would have its own hot springs!) As the most beautiful natural spring in Michigan, this site is a delight for visitors and locals alike. You’ll find the pristine emerald pool after a brief walk on a 50-yard path through the Upper Peninsula's Palms Book State Park. At 200 feet across and 40 feet deep, this spot gets more than 10,000 gallons of water from fissures in underlying limestone. Guests are able to float right on top of this stunning emerald pool, thanks to covered wooden rafts conveniently located on hand for people to use. This is a sublime hot springs experience that's pure, unadulterated #PureMichigan.
Saratoga Spa State Park - Saratoga Springs, New York
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Spa State Pk, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA
In Saratoga Springs, New York, you'll find the lovely
slice of paradise known as Saratoga Spa State Park
. Inside this pristine park, you'll discover a little bit of everything, from an outdoor performing arts center, swimming pools, and hiking trails to a golf course and even museums. The hot springs steal the show, however, as the only active geysers east of the Mississippi River. Known colloquially as the Saratoga Geyser, this eye-popping natural wonder has been transfixing visitors ever since it appeared on the earth's surface in the early 1900s. However, unlike other spouter geysers around the country that maintain high temperatures, Saratoga's geyser always remains quite frigid, with average temperatures ranging from 48 to 56 degrees. As a result, this is a natural wonder to admire only, but you can still experience these magical mineral waters; simply bring a water bottle to
fill up at one of the town's numerous mineral fountains
Chena Hot Springs Resort - Fairbanks, Alaska
Chena Hot Springs Road, Chena Hot Springs Rd, Alaska 99712, USA
Up in the Last Frontier,
Chena Hot Springs Resort
is a place that words (and pictures) can't even begin to describe. While this resort in Fairbanks offers bucket-list-level activities all year long, there's nothing that compares to visiting during the winter. Because during this season, the hot springs offer a cozy respite from frigid temperatures -- and you might even be able to spot the northern lights while you soak. As you're soaking up the wondrous warmth and sublime scenery of Alaska, the noise and everyday stresses of life will disappear, and you'll know that the moment is yours; that this is exactly where you're meant to be.
The next time you’re looking for a relaxing retreat, consider Mother Nature’s very own spa. These hot springs are some of Mother Nature’s most marvelous masterpieces; and they’re all on standby, ready to soak away your every aches and pains in some of the most sublime and scenic places in the country.
For more incredible American adventures, be sure to subscribe to our Bucket List Newsletter. Address: Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, 1006 Washington St, Calistoga, CA 94515, USA Address: Castle Hot Springs, AZ 85342, USA Address: Dunton, CO 81323, USA Address: Chena Hot Springs Road, Chena Hot Springs Rd, Alaska 99712, USA Address: Travertine Hot Springs, Bridgeport, CA 93517, USA Address: Hot Springs National Park, AR, USA Address: Hot Springs State Park, 220 Park St, Thermopolis, WY 82443, USA Address: Iron Mountain Hot Springs, 281 Centennial St, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, USA Address: Riverbend Hot Springs, 100 Austin St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, USA Address: Burgdorf Hot Springs, 404 French Creek, McCall, ID 83638, USA Address: The Omni Homestead Resort, 7696 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs, VA 24445, USA Address: Diamond Fork Road, Diamond Fork Rd, Utah, USA Address: Lithia Springs Resort - Oregon's Mineral Waters Retreat, 2165 W Jackson Rd, Ashland, OR 97520, USA Address: Kremmling, CO 80459, USA Address: Kitch-iti-kipi, Sawmill Rd, Manistique, MI 49854, USA Address: Langford Hot Springs, Texas 79834, USA Address: Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Spa State Pk, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA Address: Wilbur Hot Springs, 3375 Wilbur Springs Rd, Williams, CA 95987, USA Address: Yellowstone Hot Springs, 24 E Gate Rd, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA