Beautiful Natural U.S. Swimming Holes

By Jennifer M. Wood - 2014-06-03T17:33:37Z

Photograph by Denise Ferree/Courtesy Chena Hot Springs

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Take the Plunge

It's almost summer, and we'll bet you want to go swimming. Lucky you, we found 26 natural spots—gentle waterfalls, deep swimming holes, lazy rivers—where you can relax with a dip.

Chena Hot Springs
Fairbanks, Alaska

For more than a century, visitors have been flocking to these springs to bask in the healing powers of their mineral-rich waters (and gaze at the unobstructed Aurora Borealis views that are visible 200 nights per year). If you're in need of a cooling-off period following your dip, take a tour of the on-site Aurora Ice Museum, the world's largest year-round ice museum, which keeps its shape by maintaining a 20-degree temperature at all times.

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