Road Trip to Relaxation
Our neighbor, Idaho, has the most usable hot springs pools in the United States. With 340 hot springs pools, almost half of them are "soakable" and Burgdorf Hot Springs in McCall (a five hour drive from Spokane) is one of Idaho's most unique. You can stay in one of 15 rustic cabins and immerse yourself in the area's fascinating frontier history.
Or you can head for Lolo, Montana and take a short hike into the Jerry Johnson Hot Springs nestled in the beautiful Clearwater National Forest. The trail strolls through a cedar forest and along a creek fed by waterfalls on the hill. You'll discover the first pool at the bottom of a steep trail, then each of the next two main soaking pools further along the trail. Try all three and make it a day. Just don't forget your crampons and hiking poles if you're heading out for a winter dip. The steep hills can get icy!
Just a few hours north, the Ainsworth Hot Springs in British Columbia, Canada, may leave you awestruck. Get your camera's memory card full with pictures of the exquisite Purcell Mountains and panoramic views of Kootenay Lake. These hot springs were first discovered by the Ktunaxa First Nations people who soaked in the pools after long days of hunting, fishing and gathering.
Hot springs pools are Mother Nature’s hot tubs. Get away for a soak and forget what stress means.