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4 Hot Spring Destinations for Your Next Road Trip

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From coast to coast, the United States has some of the most diverse geography in the world. Within a few days of driving anyone can experience majestic peaks, rolling deserts and tropical coastlines. Regardless of the season, the hard part isn’t trying to find a destination; it’s trying to find enough time to experience everything the country has to offer.

4 Hot Spring Destinations for Your Next Road Trip

What’s the best way to get the most out of your next road trip? Most travel experts will tell you that a surefire way to maximize your time is to pick a theme and use it to focus your journey. For example, a road trip that stops at hot springs can all but guarantee that you’ll experience an eclectic mix of people, places and activities. It’s also a great way to relax and reward yourself for a long day of traveling.

4 Hot Spring Destinations for Your Next Road Trip

Not only are they fun and social, but hot springs are filled with therapeutic minerals and chloride, a naturally occurring germ killer that sterilizes the skin and ensures the purity of the water. When it’s time for your next road trip, set a course for one of these legendary hot spring spots:

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

57 Comments

  1. Bucket list worthy material, awesome!

  2. Added to the bucket list. Thanks!

  3. Merry Robinson

    So many amazing hot spring destinations. What gorgeous things hot springs are – beautiful and relaxing. I can’t even pick my favorite because they’re all so good. I want to see their breathtaking and gorgeous views and also enjoy a relaxing warm water. Thanks for this excellent post! 🙂

  4. Rosemary Robles

    Passing through we stopped at the Conundrum to take in the views. Right at sunset was amazing. Yes! there are a few steep hills, but it’s great exercise. It was a great hike with a wonderful view. We would definitely do it again. Definitely recommended!

  5. Cornelia Green

    Interesting list, thanks. All these Hot Springs are a must see. I’ve seen Conundrum Hot Springs and it’s indeed so peaceful and beautiful. Pictures turnout amazing. The over looks at the top give you some grand photo ops. It would be great to go there in spring, i think.

  6. Helen Dark

    I loved reading about your travel adventures. Makes me want to go book a trip to wherever you’re talking about now. I would love to do/visit pretty much all of the ones on the list – except getting near a dolphin. Almost envious of all the time you got to spend in those hot springs. Your travel experiences must have been sooo awesome.

    xoxo,
    Helen

  7. Ashley Moore

    Great article Hilary, thanks for sharing your experiences. I am gathering information because i’m planning on travelling alone this summer, and I am feeling pretty excited about it. I like your travels and the images in this article are stunning. You continue to inspire me with your stunning photos and epic adventures. You inspire me to be adventurous! 🙂

  8. Lela House

    Gorgeous pictures! And such a diversity. I’ve visited some hot springs before, but nothing like any of these. I have to travel more. I want to get that close to a whale. Thank you for always sharing with us your travel experiences. Great read.

  9. Jenny Garett

    Beautiful.. I haven’t been to any of these hot springs. I really love your shots. The sights from the mountains, trees, flowers and all the different aspects of nature just took my breath away. Time to update the bucket list, perhaps! 😀

  10. Kimberly Vigil

    Really loved reading your post. I’m always a solo traveler and found it no problem travelling alone. I met my fiance in France and we are planning a year away together travelling. I will include this to our bucket list and Conundrum Hot Springs would probably be next on our list. You inspire me! 😉

  11. Louise Stone

    So many fascinating places. A trip to these hot springs will surely makes us acutely aware of how precious our earth is. I really enjoy your posts, especially the nos. 2 and 3. I am intrigued to visit these hot springs on your list, thanks for recommending them. Take care and safe travels to all. 🙂

  12. Pearl Nguyen

    How impressive! I really enjoyed this article. Reading it made me want to take a few days off and travel, but I don’t even know which one to visit. They’re all gorgeous!! I’ll have to think about it. 🙂

  13. Nicky Bryan

    Hello, Hilary! Thank you for the amazing hot spring recommendations. I really love your travel guides. Keep up the great work!

  14. Catherine White

    All of these hot springs look like the mythical exotic places we see in adture – fantasy movies. I’m honestly speechless over how beautiful each of them are!

  15. Emma Blackwood

    Hot springs are the gift of nature! I’ve been to a few, but haven’t been to any of these 4 you listed. They’re going on my MUST VISIT list!

  16. Kimberly Thompson

    All of these places are breathtakingly beautiful! America is blessed with such a beautiful nature! I love my country and I want to explore it better. Your travel guide posts really help me greatly with this. 🙂 Thank you!

  17. Amanda Roberts

    Such beautiful locations!! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I’m very motivated to visit the nearest one soon:)

  18. Frances Seifert

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Hot Spring Cove before. Iıt’s shocking because I live in West Vancouver! Thank you for such amazing information. I’ve just deciced to visit mid may!

  19. Roberta Bennett

    Such a fun read! Thank you for all gorgeous pictures and great information. When I have the time, I’d love visit the Hot Spring Cove. t’s pretty close to where I live. 🙂

  20. Diana Hewitt

    Truth or Consequences?? How strange! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this town before. Sounds and looks very interesting enough to make me want to visit!

    • Lynn Hayes

      It really shocked me too! Wonder why they named the town ” Truth or Consequences” ? I’ll look up the town history and hopefully find out why they named it that. My curiousity will be the death of me.

  21. Sabrina Grattidge

    These are all some great places for weekend getaways. I hope I can take a few days off my work and do a trip to Tofino. 🙂

  22. Jennifer McSween

    Great post, Hilary! You picked some amazing photos, and your writing is so well that the way you described all 4 places felt like I visited them, and was seeing it all with my own eyes. Thank you!! 🙂

  23. Sasha Rosswell

    “Regardless of season” so true!! I went to a hot spring in Tokyo 4 years ago, it was winter, but we weren’t cold at all. We literally sat and chilled in the water with snow on the ground. It was crazy!

  24. Kim Hartford

    I’d love to visit either of those places. They all look eqaully beautiful 🙂

  25. Amelia Beckons

    I live very close to Breitenbush, so I had the pleasure of visiting a couple of times. Hilary described it so well!

  26. Evelyn Sandler

    Thank you for this awesome article, Hilary! I shared it with my sister, and now we are planing a trip to Conundrum Hot Springs! It wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for this article. Thank you!!! 🙂

  27. Molly Twain

    Imagine waking up in one those amazing places, and doing yoga by the springs. ❤️ Now that is my idea of fun! ?

  28. Sabrina Wellington

    Who wouldn’t want to visit these places?! I know I’d love to go to each of them. I just wish I lived closer to at least one of them. They’re all across the country for me.

  29. Melissa Princeton

    Ohhh this is so tempting! I wish I could afford this right now, but I can’t. I’ll do it as soon as I can afford another trip though, hopefully this summer. 🙂

  30. Susanna Milton

    They all look so EXOTIC!!! Isn’t it crazy that the water looks freezing cold, yet it’s actually a hot spring? Nature is full of surprises. 🙂

  31. Kimberley Foulkes

    Love the nude or prude sign. Made me smile! Overall amazing article. Such beautiful pictures again.

  32. Matilda Parker

    Exciting locations! Too bad I don’t live in the States. I hope one day I’ll have enough money and time to visit at least one of them!

  33. Felicia Stewart

    I am totally blown away by the beauty of each 4 places! I am going to go to Tofino this summer, just for this! 🙂

  34. Lena Dzeko

    I wish you’d posted this article while I was looking for some nice Valentine’s day getaways last week! It would be so perfect now! Oh well. Next year then.

    • Cassi Braun

      I was just thinking that a hot spring get away would be so romantic for Valentine’s day. Great minds think alike 🙂

  35. Jae Medina

    Those places look AMAZING! I’ve never been to a hot spring before. But reading this article makes me want to visit the nearest one! 🙂

  36. Sonja Fallow

    Oh my god! These are all so ideal places for camping! I live a state away from Vancouver so I’m thinking about packing and going on a camping trip there with a group of friends!

  37. Christina Norelli

    An escape from the city life back to the nature! Sounds like a plan! Love it. Thanks for the wonderful tips. 🙂

  38. Lin Del Rey

    Amazing article! I love each of these hot springs that you mentioned! Especially stunned with the idea of whale watching while relaxing in hot springs. 🙂

  39. Elin Hanks

    WOW!!! Who wouldn’t want to spend time in any of these places! I can’t make time for it right now, but in the future, I’ll absolutely visit one of these locations.

  40. Debbie Jones

    All of these places are so beautiful! They look very mystique and magical! Just like in fairytales. Thanks so much for another incredible post!

  41. Samantha Anthony

    Sounds so relaxing! Probably just what I need! Too bad I don’t live anywhere near a hot spring. There’s nothing better than the nature for the human and body soul. ❤️

  42. Lucretia Asher

    Incredible article, Hilary! If my road ever crosses these places, I’ll absolutely visit 🙂

  43. Dana Rosatti

    Interesting read!! I’m a very scientific person, so I don’t believe in alternate medicine or therapies – which I believe what hot springs are used for.- But I think it may be quite a lot of fun to visit for touristic activities. 🙂

  44. Thank you for the great recommendations! I think I just may book a hot spring getaway for myself and my mum for mother’s day. She will love it. 🙂

  45. Melissa Smith

    Very legendary and unique hot spring spots! I must admit that I haven’t heard of them. Thanks for introducing these spots to me. LOL

    And oh, perfect photos! Truly fantastic!

  46. Carolyn Donovan

    I agree! The hardest part is trying to find “enough” time to experience these wonders. This is a wonderful list! And great photos too…

  47. Hannah Mayers

    I’m loaded with workload and I can honestly admit that I’m finding a hard time thinking when and where will I have a “break.” Great list! But you gave me a problem… I’m having a hard time deciding which one to experience first. Hmmm…

    • Same here! I’m having a hard time taking a break off from work and with this wonderful list, I’m having difficulty deciding. But I guess, I’m starting off with Breitenbush, though I’m not really interested in hiking…

  48. Okay, I’ll be proud to say that I’ve been to Breitenbush and the experience was fantastic! I don’t love hiking that much but I was tempted (or should I rather say forced) by friends to do it! Glad I did!

  49. I particularly love the photos of Conondrum Hot Springs! Very inviting! That regenerative pool surrounded by a 14,000-foot high peaks is definitely worth a try! Planning a trip to this hot spring now… Thanks for sharing the first hand account article! Very helpful!

  50. Truth or Consequences… That actually made me laugh. I wonder how do you manage to find all these unique destinations. But really, you described the places very well that I’m eager to try and experience them…

    • Francis Woods

      Same here!!! First time to hear the place as well!!! Urbanette never fails to give something new!!!

  51. Really?! Whales breaching at Tofino?! I think that would be a perfect experience!

    • Henry Williams

      You’ll definitely love the experience 😉

  52. Courtney Watson

    Great list! Now I’m left thinking which destination should I check out first?! Urgh.. limited time (and budget)…

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