What can be better than soaking in warm, mineral-rich waters under open skies? Natural hot springs are geothermal wonders and a unique way to connect with nature. So, if an open water jacuzzi is on your travel bucket list, here are a few places to check out.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions. The milky-blue water, rich in minerals like silica and sulfur, is known for its healing properties, particularly for skin conditions. Surrounded by snow and ice, bathing in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon is a surreal and incredibly relaxing experience.
Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a stunning natural wonder. These terraces have been created over millennia as flowing water from the hot springs lost carbon dioxide and left deposits of limestone. The thermal waters have been used since Roman times for their therapeutic properties and are still just as popular today.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
A bit closer to home, Glenwood Springs is actually the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool. The Ute Indians called it “Yampah,” meaning “big medicine” because of its therapeutic qualities. The mineral-rich waters are perfect for a relaxing soak, and the facility includes a spa, a lodge, and a range of amenities.