Cool Off This Summer in the Country’s Best Swimming Holes

Looking to beat the heat this summer? We don’t blame you. Sure, a backyard pool or trip to the beach may get the job done. But if you’re already planning an epic road trip, consider adding swimming holes to that itinerary.

The U.S. is brimming with natural and man-made swimming holes tucked away in all corners of the country. Often found in picturesque settings, these refreshing retreats make for the perfect road trip pit stop. Depending on the location, you can also usually elevate the experience with additional outdoor activities, like cycling, hiking, or camping.

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Whether it’s a well-known tourist hot spot or a secret, under-the-radar hideout, each swimming hole offers its own perks. From snorkeling with marine life to grilling up some burgers by the basin, there are countless reasons to add this quintessential summertime adventure to your travel bucket list. So without further ado, here are a handful of America’s coolest swimming holes.

Disclaimer: People planning travel of any kind should visit the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for the most current COVID-19 alerts and updates. Be sure to also review any travel advisories related to the destination(s) you’re planning to visit and keep yourself and others safe by wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing, and bringing the appropriate food, drinks, and other supplies when possible.