Ready for some intense relaxation? (Can you use those words together?) Check out some of these incredible hot springs. People migrate to these naturally heated pools of water from all over the world to allow their problems melt away in these mineral rich geothermal springs. Soaking in a hot spring can be an otherworldly experience, not to mention they are often times in breath taking locations. Talk about something unique to brag about after a vacation.
Used as a spa since the Second Century BC, the name actually means “cotton castle” in Turkish. Its beauty has caused it to be the foremost hot spring in Turkey, its calcium infused waters waterfalls, pooling in white pools that create the illusion of a winter wonderland, but don’t be fooled: the pools range from 95-212 degrees Fahrenheit.
Travertine hot springs, Bridgeport, CA:
Enjoy a breathtaking backdrop of snow capped Sierras while you soak in the Travertine hot springs. Though this hot spring is extremely popular, there is no paved road to directly to the springs and there is no entry fee! Get ready to plaster yourself with springs-mud to extract toxins from your skin, and enjoy the view and relaxation.
Blue lagoon, Iceland:
This hot spring is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, as well as one of the most renowned natural spas in the world. Located in Southwest Iceland, the silica and sulphur-rich waters are known to help skin conditions such as psoriasis, and the temperatures range from around 98-102 degrees Fahrenheit.
The springs of Spa have been in use since Roman times, and its mineral springs have been long renowned. It is said that the term “spa” actually originated in this town, because of the springs’ natural healing qualities.
Glenwood Springs, CO:
Here houses the largest hot springs swimming pool. People have been relaxing in these mineral rich waters officially since 1888, in a town that was named “The Most Fun Town in America “ by Rand Mcnally in 2011.
Banff upper hot springs:
Overlooking Mount Rundle in Banff National Park in Canada, these waters are kept a fairly consistent 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This offers incredible views of the Canadian, at the low price of around $8 entry. Not to mention, it is open year round. (Can you imagine being toasty in hot springs while snow is falling? Awesome.)
Ma’In hot springs, Jordan:
Located on the edge of Wadi Mujib, this water feeds the Dead Sea. These hot springs are HOT, but still safe to bathe in—best to visit in the winter when the water has cooled down a little. These hot springs come complete with a waterfall, and have surrounding resorts to pamper all of the stress out of you.
These wild natural springs are the best known in Italy, taking their name from the Roman God, Saturn. Entry is free, and it is not as busy during the week (which is pretty normal). There are cascading waterfalls and glorious views to accompany this trip into relaxation.
Picturesque surroundings envelop this hot spring, glaciers, snow capped hills, and the like. Humorously self-explanatory names like Bread-Steaming Hot Spring and Fish-Cooking river (which causes fish to boil and float to the top) await you in the high altitude pools.
Chena Hot Springs, AK:
Though you can’t soak directly in the naturally 165 degree Fahrenheit pools, there are facilities with naturally heated pools and hot tubs to relax in. The springs are at the center of a 40-square-mile geothermal area that is operated year round. 56 miles away from Fairbanks, Alaska, this is a perfect getaway, surrounded also by some of the best canoeing, hiking, and public fishing in the area.
Hot Springs, AR:
Located in the 11th most populous city in the US, it is not too hard to guess why the location got its name. The hot springs that flow in here are on average around 147 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it pretty unsafe to simply take a soak in the hot springs themselves. However, you can get your “chill” on (I guess that term’s a little ironic here) in one of the town’s many bathhouses.