The plunge pool at Sol Duc Hot Springs. Credit: Eliza Adams/Flickr CC
Remote Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, Washington
Most Northwest hot springs are in the Cascade range, but the Olympics have hot springs, too! Find Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in the wilds of the Olympic National Park, surrounded by towering conifers and situated along the scenic Sol Duc River.
Spend the night in a charming, rustic cabin, just steps away from three steaming pools but miles away from the nearest television. There’s a freshwater pool, too.
Start your day with a hike through the moss-draped rain forest of ancient trees (Sol Duc’s Lover’s Lane is a nice, 6-mile stroll for casual hikers; trail access is just behind the lodge). Then hit the pools, finding the temperature that feels just right. While your family soaks in the pools and tubs here, you’ll hear sounds of the Olympic rain forest all around you. There’s no other hot springs experience quite like it.
Accommodations are cute cabins, some more rustic than others and some with kitchens. The resort has a poolside deli, restaurant, gift shop and convenience store. Note that the lodge and hot springs close for winter: 2023 season dates are March 24–Oct. 29. (Make your reservation now!)
Location: Olympic Peninsula, about 40 miles west of Port Angeles, Washington (a 3.5-hour drive from Seattle, not including ferry time)
Info and reservations: online or by calling 888-896-3818
Next dip: hike-in soak
Image credit: Eliza Adams/Flickr CC