Imagine yourself away from the city commotion in a calm relaxing ambiance soaking in the silky smooth mineral water. Hot springs relax and rejuvenate and have excellent health benefits, such as healing skin diseases, boosting blood circulation, reducing stress, and many more. Read more about different thermal destinations on traxplorio. We will explore the three best hot springs in the US and discover their exciting qualities.

Harbin hot springs

A 2 hours drive from San Francisco, Harbin hot springs offers a range of outdoor and indoor mineral pools. The dress code is clothing optional. Nude is typical here, but the staff created a safe and tranquil space, so no worries with or without your swimsuit.


There are two large pools, a swimming pool for swimming laps, underwater play, and exercise. The health services pool is dedicated to Watsu and aquatic bodywork sessions.

Besides warm and hot pools found on the site, there is a cold plunge with natural water. Visitors enjoy soaking between the cold plunge and the hot pool. It works magic on blood circulation and the overall immune system of your body.

All pools are frequently tested in the laboratory for purity.


Watsu is one of the perks of this place. It makes the visitors return to Harbin again and again. It combines massage techniques and bodywork and guarantees relaxation of the body and calming of the mind.


There are different lodging options equipped with all essential amenities.

Caravans – 10-minute walk to the Mainside pool area. There’s a small bathroom with a toilet and shower and a kitchenette. If you decide not to cook, there are some nice restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive away.

Grove cottages – The room is heated and air-conditioned with a large bath. Also, 10-minute walk to the pool area.

Domes – 20-minute walk to the pool area, but the domes also have two pools, one of them heated. Domes either have a shared kitchen or a small kitchenette. They are suitable for guests who would like some privacy.

Apart from mineral springs, with numerous health benefits, gorgeous views, and other pleasantries await you, activities like yoga classes, hiking, etc.

Calistoga hot springs

This place is wonderful to arrive at and sad to leave. The site is so diverse. Every kind of visitor is welcome here. Filtered rainwater, mineral waters, and Napa Valley soils blend into a fantastic mixture for relaxation and rejuvenation. Geothermal waters reach a temperature of 180 Fahrenheit.


The pool area is an upscale setting and is soothing and therapeutic. There is a large soaking pool of about 100° and an almost Olympic-sized pool with lap lanes – of 80°. Children can also frolic in a warm pool for kids with a small waterfall. And, of course, a vast and hot outdoor jacuzzi. Even at the busiest hours, there are always free lounge chairs, plenty of towels, and umbrellas. The pool area has palms, grape vines, and other beautiful blossoms.


The natural healing properties of the Calistoga volcanic ash mud bath are well known. It removes toxins from the skin, which makes you feel renewed and relaxed.

Depending on visitors’ needs, different types of massages are also offered here, starting from light touches to more profound techniques.

Apart from saunas, hot jacuzzis, and mud baths, the spa center also provides yoga, pilates, and aerobics classes.


A variety of rooms are available, from singles to family rooms, with tables and chairs, a spacious bathroom, and a kitchenette equipped with a small fridge and a microwave—everything to prepare a good meal and hang out inside if you wish. For outside dining, there are several restaurants within walking distance.

The location of Calistoga hot springs allows its guests to experience attractive local destinations. Most fascinating are the wineries and vineyards in Calistoga you can take a short day trip to. Biking or pleasant walks make returning to the pools much more enjoyable.

Travertine hot springs

The name comes from travertine rock, a terrestrial limestone deposited especially around hot springs. Travertine hot spring is a popular destination for nature lovers.


Rock bottom hot pools are formed with rough rocks and calcium from minerals sitting by the hot springs. The source is hot depending on the season, about 115 – 150 Fahrenheit. The funny thing is that you can control the temperature of the water by blocking the water channels flowing from the source into the pool. Not only can you soak and swim in the thermal pools, but fascinating views of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range surround you. Clothing is optional out in the wild, but for example, the pool near the parking lot is most public and often frequented by families, so it’s more about common sense.

There are a couple of cool springs, a lifesaver on a hot Californian day.

Not an establishment with a stylish lounge, no reservation or opening hours, so you can enjoy the springs under millions of stars and endless dark sky.


Camping is not allowed directly near the pools, as the natural hot springs can be contaminated. However, down the hill, there are plenty of good spots. There are parking spots nearby if you carry a van, RV, or another camping vehicle.

How to get there?

Take route 395 south of Bridgeport for half a mile. Turn left at Jack Sawyer Road, just before the Ranger Station. Follow Jack Sawyer road, along a dirt road, approximately one mile.

Vacation days are essential, so we choose wisely every time. Keep in mind that we are the ones who are using hot springs for relaxation, rejuvenation, and medical therapy but also a space for social gatherings. The combination of fun and healthy is always a win.

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