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Nature's Hottest Gems: 8 of The Best Hot Springs In The World
Hot springs are a naturally occurring phenomena in which geothermally heated groundwater emerges from the Earth’s crust. The temperatures often rise to scalding hot levels but luckily for us some springs have adjacent pools that are safer for swimming and stunning backgrounds tailor-made for the ‘gram.
Travel Noire selected just a few of the hottest spots to add to your travel wish list.
1. The Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming
The largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world, is the crown jewel of Yellowstone National Park.
2. Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
What appears at first to be slabs of ice are actually limestone terraces with pools of hot water reaching temperatures ranging from 95 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Fear not. Reasonably warm pools are available close by.
3. Blue Lagoon, Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is pretty popular with the Instagram crowd and a surefire bucket list item for travelers.
4. Terme di Saturnia, Italy
There are two things that visitors need to know about the springs located in the south of Tuscany: they reach temperatures of up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit and entry is free of charge.
5. Deception Island, Antarctica
If you can get past the glacial Antarctic temps, these extremely remote natural hot springs can be enjoyed in swimsuits and shorts.
6. Khir Ganga, India
A journey through the Himalayas will be rewarded with lush scenery and the healing powers of the Khir Ganga thermal baths.
7. Hot Springs Cove, British Colombia
Despite the fact that the Hot Springs Cove is only accessible by boat or float plane, it remains an incredibly popular destination for both tourists and locals.
8. Banjar Hot Springs, Bali
This hot springs complex is nestled in the hills of Banjar village where natural hot spring water, purported to heal disease, pours out of dragon-head fountains.