15 Extraordinary Swimming Holes Around The U.S. Everyone Must Visit

Some of the best swimming holes in the U.S. are refreshingly crisp and Caribbean clear, and pretty hard to pass up. Toss in a stunning waterfall backdrop, an underwater cave, or a cliff for jumping, and they become even more tempting. Don’t believe how beautiful some are? Check out these 15 breathtaking swimming locales and see for yourself.

So, are you packing your bags yet and heading to one of these U.S. swimming holes? (I am!) What other incredible swimming holes around the U.S. would you add to this list? If you’ve been to these or other amazing places to swim in the U.S., tell us in the comments!

Prefer to swim in a larger body of water? Check out these beautiful U.S. lakes.

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Best Swimming Holes in the U.S.

June 22, 2022

What state is the best for finding good swimming holes?

Within each of the 50 states, you are bound to find at least one swimming hole to cool off in. However, depending on your region, there are a few states that have some of the best.


What states have the most caves?

If you are looking for caves in the US, you’ll be glad to know that they are plentiful!


What states have the best waterparks?

While many U.S. states have waterparks, it’s Wisconsin and the city of Wisconsin Dells in particular, that actually has the moniker of “Waterpark Capital of the World”. In its under 20 square miles, there are 20 parks. Whether it’s tall and fast slides, water coasters, wave pools, raft rides, or any other kind of waterpark fun you can think of, there’s something for everyone here. Some of the best waterparks in Wisconsin include: