Earth’s natural hot tubs: 10 of the most sensational hot springs around the world
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The weather is gradually growing colder. While we begin to adjust to the growing autumn chill, let's explore the world's most spectacular hot springs. These handpicked springs are the earth's natural hot tubs, famed for their wildlife, architecture, scenic views, and spectacular mineral baths.1. Szechenyi Baths, Budapest
Credit: Civertan on Wikimedia CommonsLet's start with a destination famous for its public baths. Szechenyi is one of Budapest’s most popular baths, one of the largest in Hungary and the rest of Europe. Szechenyi newly hosts raves and parties popular with tourists who can dance night-long in their swimwear in the warmth of the natural springs. Szechenyi has more than hot baths too: full-sized swimming pools, Ice Baths, Wave Simulators and more. It’s a great place for explorers of all ages. 2. Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park, Australia This small hidden gem in the vast woodland of Parl in Australia's Northen Territory is a relatively unexplored destination perfect for backpackers and adventurers alike. The big attraction of the Douglas hot springs is the variety of wildlife including bandicoots, quolls, and even the rare flying
Credit: Andrew Shiva on Wikimedia CommonsThese truly stunning hot springs are set within an ice-cold landscape. The blend of ice and snow with volcanic heat is what makes these springs such a popular destination with
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Credit: Jeff Sheldon on UnsplashPerhaps one of the most well-known and popular tourist hot springs is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Its popularity has been aided by the wonderful landscape of Grindavik, making Blue Lagoon arguably one of the most spectacular places on earth. Its bright blue waters contrast against the white snow and ice, forming a sight not to be missed. 7. Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica These hot springs are situated in the Northern Lowlands of Costa Rica within a peaceful and picturesque setting. The springs merge natural wonders including volcanic warmth, free-flowing hot spring waters, and fresh rainforest air. Nearby, local towns such as La Fortuna and Sarchi are open for exploration, making it the ideal place to emerge yourself in ancient Costa Rican heritage and culture.
8. Yufuin Onsen, Japan
Credit: Matthew Kane on UnsplashThe foot of Mount Yufu in Oita homes the truly magnificent Yufuin Onsen (Onsen meaning hot springs). With mountainous views over sweeping woodlands, this is one of the most scenic Onsens in Japan. Visitors of the baths have claimed that the springs have benefitted their skin by making it softer and smoother, but the most intriguing aspect of the springs is that you may just have to share the wonders with more than a few monkeys. 9. Mystic Hot Springs, Utah, USA Set in a quiet little valley, very few people know of the existence of Utah's Mystic Hot Springs. The springs are situated overlooking multiple fish ponds which house tropical fish of all kinds. It is a unique and mystical experience, deserving of its title. 10. Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA The Pagosa Springs