Now that the holidays are over and winter has settled in for the long haul, getting outdoors can be a challenge for a lot of people. The solution? Hot Springs! There are over 1,600 hot springs in the United States, mostly in the western part of the country, and these toasty natural wonders are a great place to get outdoors, take in nature and soak up time honored healing waters.
Part of the wide-reaching Appalachian Mountains, the Alleghenies in Virginia are rich in history, hot springs and beauty. While most people think of heading to this part of the country during the fall for the changing of the leaves, hiking and hot springs bring savvy visitors year-round. One such place is the Omni Homestead Resort which not only has mineral-rich hot spring open during the winder but for those looking to stay warm and dry a hiking tour along the Cascades Gorge with its beautiful waterfalls it just the ticket.
Hot Springs State Park
Close to Yellowstone National Park, situated along the Big Horn River this natural wonder in Wyoming features hot spring pools in a beautiful setting. This is a full-service park with over 6 miles of hiking trails as well as being a great place for fishing. As an extra perk, this park is home to a bison herd that is fed daily during the winter allowing visitors to get an up-close look at the “Monarch of the Plains”.
Glenwood Hot Springs
Home to the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool, this spring has been attracting people from all over the world since the late 1800’s. Situated between Aspen and Vail, Colorado, is perfect for those looking to combine a ski trip with a little therapeutic pampering.