Sweltering summer heat demands a way for you to cool off. While dipping your toes in the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean on your beach vacation or diving into a local pool might first come to mind when you’re looking for a place to swim, these obvious spots certainly aren’t the the only way to stay cool this summer. If you plan to travel the U.S. this summer in RV rentals, devise an itinerary that takes you to some of the nation’s top swim spots for summer. Whether you’re swimming beneath a waterfall or you’re floating in bubbling springs, the U.S. has plenty of places to cool off as temperatures rise.
Barton Springs Pool – Austin, Texas
Stay cool this summer by driving RV rentals to Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas. This three-acre pool fills with water from underground springs and features a refreshing temperature of 68 to 70 degrees, perfect for hot summer days. The springs are a federally protected habitat because they are home to the endangered Barton Springs salamander. While you’re there, you can enjoy the 358-acre park that surrounds the pool. Barton Springs Pool is open daily with a small charge for admission. Lifeguards monitor the pool, which welcomes up to 800,000 visitors every year.
Havasu Falls – Supai, Arizona
Located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona sits Havasu Falls, an 80-foot high waterfall that cascades into a crystal blue pool of water below. If you’re taking an RV road trip through the Grand Canyon, this reservation is worth visiting for a spot to cool off. However, your trek to Havasu Falls isn’t an easy one and requires a 10-mile hike each way. As a result, the refreshing water will be welcome after that much hiking. Havasu Falls is one of five waterfalls on the reservation. You can also visit Fifty Foot Falls, which is the most accessible and offers turquoise waters perfect for swimming this summer.
Boiling River – Yellowstone National Park
If you’re road tripping to Yellowstone National Park this summer, spend a day cooling off and relaxing at Boiling River. Located in the Mammoth area of the park, Boiling River is a natural phenomenon where hot springs meet the Gardner River, allowing hot and cold waters to mix to create a comfortable swimming spot. The river is open daily in the summer but closes at dark. Late summer is the perfect time to visit this unique swimming spot.
Sliding Rock – Brevard, North Carolina
North Carolina’s Sliding Rock offers a welcoming swimming spot this summer. Located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard and Asheville, Sliding Rock features a 60-foot flat, sloped boulder that you can slide down into an 8-foot-deep pool. Consider this spot nature’s waterpark. Eleven thousand gallons of water flow down the rock to propel you into the water. Be sure to go on a hot day because water temperatures range between a chilly 50 and 60 degrees.
Juniper Springs – Ocala, Florida
Florida’s hot summers call for a spot to cool off, and there’s plenty of water to swim in throughout the state. Head to the Ocala National Forest in north central Florida and visit Juniper Springs. Natural springs abound in this area, with hundreds of bubbling springs seemingly popping up from the ground. A warm natural pool provides a relaxing swimming opportunity. Palm trees and oak trees offer ample shade as you swim.
Cummins Falls – Cookeville, Tennessee
Residents of Jackson and Putnam counties in Tennessee have been swimming in Cummins Falls for 100 years. Today, you can join in on the fun. Cummins Falls is a 75-foot-high waterfall and is the state’s eighth-largest waterfall based on water volume. This swimming hole offers a unique landscape, with shelves of rocks overlooking the crystal clear waters. Cummins Falls is accessible two ways. You can take a 1.5-mile hike or you can climb down the overlook and jump right in.
Diana’s Baths – North Conway, New Hampshire
Summer is the best time to take a dip in New Hampshire’s Diana’s Baths. During this season, the water is much more calm, making it a safer, not to mention more relaxing, spot to swim. This tranquil space features rocks, ledges, and cascading falls surrounding the natural pool. Diana’s Baths features convenient nearby parking and a small fee for daily swimming.
Opal Pool – Blue River, Oregon
Located in the Willamette National Forest in Oregon, Opal Pool sits at the head of a small chasm of Opal Creek. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the plunge off of the rocky bluff 30 feet into the pool. Towering Douglas fir trees create plenty of shade and, as a result, keep the water temperatures cold.
Swimming is synonymous with summer. When you’re exploring the U.S. in RV rentals this summer, fit in some time to relax and cool off. Swimming holes, many surrounding by unique water features like waterfalls or springs, abound, so you’re never too far away from a new spot to dive right into.