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Need to relax? Unwind in mineral-rich waters at one of these natural thermal pools across the United States – from Allegheny Springs in Virginia to Chena Hot Springs in Alaska. And we round up the best places to stay – bookable on Culture Trip.
Mother Nature can be very kind to us humans. Not only does she supply clean water in abundance, but sometimes she even heats it up to a perfect people-pleasing temperature. All over the world, hot springs bubble up from deep within the earth’s crust. Indigenous people used these natural hot tubs for centuries. Now it’s your turn. Here are the most amazing hot springs in the United States – with hotels nearby for a relaxing stay.
The Allegheny Mountains in Virginia are part of the vast range stretching from the eastern US to Canada. Within the state, you’ll find over 100 hot springs, some just lukewarm while others reaching temperatures of 100F (38C). Its healing properties are said to date back to the 1600s when they were first discovered by an indigenous American. Now, there are two famous pools – Warm Springs and Jeffersons Pools, used by Thomas Jefferson himself.
Chena Hot Springs is 60mi (96km) outside of Fairbanks. Many come here to hike the picturesque trails in summer, before soaking in the bubbling pool. There’s also a year-round ice museum, filled with intricately-carved ice sculpture, plus an ice bar where you can sip cold cocktails. If you’re lucky, you might even catch sight of the Northern Lights, visible from August to April. During the winter you can also try dog mushing, snowmobiling and skiing in the surrounding area.
Glenwood Hot Springs, between Aspen and Vail, claims the title of world’s largest hot springs pool. The soothing mineral waters of the pools, sourced from the nearby springs, are the main attraction, but there is also a luxury spa that offers a number of treatments. Enjoy a day schussing down steeps on the nearby ski slopes before soaking those weary muscles in the restorative water. You don’t need to reserve a spot before you go, entrance is based on a first-come, first-served basis, although lodge guests are guaranteed entry.
Aparna Krishnamoorthy contributed additional reporting to this article.