Across the United States and Canada you’ll find tons of gorgeous pools made by Mother Nature’s fair hands. Here’s just some that are popular with TripAdvisor travelers:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park – Weeki Wachee, FL
Just an hour up the road from Tampa is one of Florida’s best roadside attractions, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. On hot summer days, the park’s Buccaneer Bay is a real treat. This freshwater water park features slides, rides and a literal lazy river ride along the Weeki Wachee River. Also included in your admission is access to an underwater theater carved from a freshwater spring. Several times a day performers wearing seashell bras and fish tails put on a rendition of The Little Mermaid. It’s old Florida at its finest.
Barton Springs Pool – Austin, TX
Austin is known for its great music and food scenes, but it’s also home to Barton Springs Pool, a natural swimming pool stretching over a whopping three-acre lot. Fed by three underground pools, the springs have been frequented since the 1700s, when local tribes used them for sacred ceremonies. Today you’ll find a lively crowd of locals and travelers seeking an escape from the Texas heat.
Blue Hole – Santa Rosa, NM
Nicknamed the “City of Natural Lakes,” Santa Rosa is overflowing–literally–with natural swimming holes that offer a refreshing reprieve from the desert air. The most popular pool is Blue Hole, a spring-fed sinkhole that’s a hot spot for SCUBA divers and swimmers. Because the water renews itself every few hours, the Blue Hole is completely clear, perfect for watching the goldfish that call it home.
Slide Rock State Park – Sedona, AZ
Regarded as one of America’s most beautiful natural swimming holes, Slide Rock was turned into a state park in part to protect it from its popularity. One of the park’s main draws is a natural water slide that slinks through the red rocks. Feeling even more adventurous? Climb one of the 10 to 40-foot cliffs for an exhilarating leap into the clear cool water.
Harrison Hot Springs – British Columbia, Canada
Natural pools aren’t just for cooling off. Harrison Hot Springs boasts some of the world’s most mineral-dense waters. They’ve been revered as a healing site for centuries. Water temperatures range from a toasty 120 to 145ºF (40 to 62ºC). Can’t handle the heat? The Harrison Hot Springs Public Pool features spring water cooled to a more tolerable 100ºF (38ºC).
Banff Upper Hot Springs – Alberta, Canada
With its dense concentration of sulfate, calcium and magnesium, as well as its epic views of the Rocky Mountains, the Banff Upper Hot Springs is one of the world’s most relaxing destinations. Located at an elevation of 5,200 feet (1,585 meters), it’s also the highest hot spring in Canada. Take in the snow-capped mountains while enjoying the 98 to 104ºF (37 to 40ºC) waters.