Think of it as a destination dip!
1. Crater Falls: Oregon
Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago when a violent eruption of the volcano collapsed and created the deepest lake in the United States. The rain and snow that flow into the lake make it one of the most pristine in the world.
2. Hamilton Pool: Texas
The Hamilton Pool is a beautifully preserved natural area with lush vegetation and wildlife surrounding the limestone outcroppings. Don’t be surprised if you spot some friendly talking animals—this place is straight out of a fairytale.
3. Homestead Crater: Utah
This unique geothermal spring is hidden within the Homestead Resort in Utah and it’s definitely worth a dip. While fresh air and light comes in through the 55-foot beehive opening, the water stays at a toasty 90–96 degrees year round?—?perfect for a relaxing soak in any season. But if you’re looking for more adventure, you can scuba dive in the only warm water dive site in the United States.
4. Jenny Lake: Wyoming
Jenny Lake was naturally created by the same glaciers that carved out the Grand Canyon 12,000 years ago, and the water has been impossibly clear ever since. The lake is a focal point of Grand Teton National Park for a very beautiful reason.
5. Lake Tahoe: Nevada/California
For your own safety, be careful not to let yourself get too lost in the stunning mountainous views of Lake Tahoe as you’re swimming. Lake Tahoe is also known for all kinds of watersports, from paddleboarding to water skiing.
6. McWay Falls: California
This beautiful 80-foot waterfall flows directly into the ocean and isn’t far off the road near Big Sur (as long as you know what you’re looking for).
7. Mooney Falls: Arizona
Not only are these falls literally picture perfect, but they’re also within the Grand Canyon, so you’ll be swimming in one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
8. Sliding Rock: North Carolina
North Carolina’s sliding rock is exactly what it sounds like?—?a natural waterslide tucked in Pisgah National Forest. The 60-foot sloping boulder has been smoothed by constant waterflow and empties into a pool perfect for a refreshing summertime slide.
9. The Blue Hole: Texas
The Blue Hole is as close to a Hollywood swimming hole as you’re ever going to get. The trees lining the hole cast protective shade from the Texas summer heat, the banks are perfect for picnicking and the rope swings will provide endless swimming fun.
10. Torch Lake: Michigan
While it’s hard to recommend a swimming spot in Michigan that isn’t on one of the Great Lakes, natives will be quick to admit that Torch Lake is worth just as much pride as the main five. It’s a common refuge for natural outdoor enthusiasts, but their annual sandbar party is definitely not to be missed.
11. Waipio Valley Secret Slide: Hawaii
To make your way to this secret island waterslide, you’ll have to brave some treacherously narrow trails along jungle paths. But it’ll definitely be worth it?—?work hard to play hard.