Lately, I've been consumed with the idea of visiting a natural hot spring. Anything spa-like pretty much calls my name but this takes it to another level!
Known as "healing waters" or "fountains of youth", there's a reason why people gravitate to these piping hot pools. Heated naturally by geothermal forces and then brought to the surface, these mineral-rich waters soothe the body, relieve stress, eliminate toxins and some say even possess therapeutic properties that treat psoriasis, eczema, high blood pressure, arthritis and a variety of other ailments.
The addition of being able to enjoy a steamy bath while surrounded by contrasting icy temperatures or lush greenery is just the icing on the cake.
Blue Lagoon - Grindavik, Iceland : Silica mud settles at the bottom of the lagoon and doubles as a perfect mineral-rich face mask.
Chena Hot Springs - Fairbanks, AK : Visit during the winter months in order to have the best viewing of the Northern Lights.
Arenal Hot Springs - Costa Rica : Many of the Hot Springs have a view of Costa Rica's most famous volcano, Arenal.
Mammoth Hot Springs - Yellowstone National Park, WY : You can't swim in these pools...they are entirely too hot (but also too pretty not to include in this group).
Pagosa Hot Springs - Pagosa Springs, CO : The source of these hot springs is the famous Great Pagosa Aquifer, the world's largest and deepest hot mineral spring.
Strawberry Park - Steamboat Springs, CO : Due to a lower sulfide content, Strawberry Park doesn't have a strong sulfur smell like many other hot springs.
Termas Geometricas - Villarrica National Park, Chile : Many of the pools within Terman Geomatricas are actually built into the ravine so one side of the hot spring is a cliff.
Pamukkale Hot Springs - Turkey : Pamukkale translates to "cotton castle" in Turkish.