Literally Just 27 Dreamy Pictures of Hot Springs You’ll Want to Stare at All Day Long

Lindsey Lanquist
Literally Just 27 Dreamy Pictures of Hot Springs You’ll Want to Stare at All Day Long
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There are some photogenic experiences that will simply never live up to the hype. Cotton candy will never taste as good as it looks. An adult ball pit filled with ice cream sprinkles can only amount to a crumbly mess. And every Instagram-worthy wall mural on your list is undoubtedly accompanied by a not-so-Instagram-worthy line. Hot springs, though—hot springs are everything you’d expect them to be, and more.

According to our friends at Pinterest, searches for images of “hot springs” are up 32 percent in 2019—and I suspect that has a lot to do with them being pretty. Few things will slow down your ever-speedy Instagram scroll quite as effectively as an idyllic AF photo of an Iceland hot spring; you don’t even have to feel the temperature juxtaposition to know that shit’s a good time.

What’s nice is that, unlike myriad other Instagram-worthy experiences, hot springs are actually cool. Stripping down to your skivvies in a frigid place and then indulging in what’s basically a stunning, nature-made hot tub is guaranteed to be a fun time, no matter what your interpretation of a fun time is.

Now, dreaming about visiting a hot spring and actually working out the logistics to visit one are two very different things. There are budget concerns and vacation days to consider, both of which can put a serious damper on that idyllic hot spring getaway you were imagining. What’s damper-free, though, is a vicarious exploration of Instagram’s finest hot springs—one so delightful you might just feel the inviting warmth of a hot spring envelop you mid-perusal.

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Utah

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

Kusatsu, Japan

Manciano, Italy

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Pamukkale or "cotton castle" (aka Hierapolis) is a natural site in Denizli, Turkey. The Turkish name refers to the surface of the shimmering, snow-white limestone calcium pools, shaped over millennia by calcium-rich springs. Dripping slowly down the vast mountainside, mineral-rich waters foam and collect in terraces, spilling over cascades of stalactites into milky pools below. Legend has it that the formations are solidified cotton (the area’s principal crop) that giants left out to dry. . When water is supersaturated with calcium carbonate and reaches the surface, carbon dioxide de-gasses from it, and calcium carbonate is deposited. Calcium carbonate is deposited by the water as a soft gel which eventually crystallizes into travertine. . This area has been drawing the weary to its thermal springs since the time of Classical antiquity. And has temperate climate most of the year. Overshadowed by natural wonder, Pamukkale’s well-preserved Roman ruins and museum have been remarkably underestimated and unadvertised. . Hotels and roads were built around Pamukkale on the 20th century, but they have been demolished to preserve the area. Now aside from a small footpath running up the mountain face, the terraces are all off-limits, having suffered erosion and water pollution at the feet of tourists. . #pamukkale #thermalsprings #amazingpool #turkey #turki #hierapolis #naturalpool #jalanjalan #kelilingdunia #beautiful_world #beautifulearth #earthwonders #amazingplaces #beautifulplace #instatravel #traveling #travelling #wisata #trulyamazingplaces #hotsprings

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Denizli, Turkey

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Tuscany, Italy

Oregon

Mexico

Idaho

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Pamukkale, Turkey

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Italy

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Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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Jackson, Wyoming

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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