24 Unique Trips That Will Boost Your Health and Wellness in 2023
Whether you’re determined to embrace a healthier diet or finally ride that mountain bike you bought during the pandemic, wellness-focused getaways can help bring those good intentions to fruition. Here are awesome travel-focused ideas designed to do just that.
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Soak It Up
Nothing beats a therapeutic dip in a hot spring.
Piping, mineral-rich spring water does more than soothe sore muscles. Even a ten-minute soak can increase circulation, relieve joint pain, and soften skin. The Indigenous Ute people of southwest Colorado referred to hot springs in the Uncompahgre and Animas Valleys as “miracle waters,” and used them in healing ceremonies. The historic Durango Hot Springs Resort and Spa, a recently renovated and expanded wellness oasis south of Purgatory Ski Resort in the San Juan Mountains, is an exceptional setting in which to enjoy that geothermal magic (day pass, $39). Naturally spiked with 34 minerals and heated to 110 degrees, there are 41 soaking pools, including eight Japanese-inspired tubs, surrounded by ponderosa pines and landscaped gardens. Farther south, the waters around Warm Springs, Georgia, 70 miles outside Atlanta, got a boost in popularity in the 1920s when Franklin D. Roosevelt began visiting them in an effort to soothe the effects of polio. Just 20 minutes away from his cottage you’ll find Thundering Spring, a thermally heated pool enclosed within a wooden framework that dates from the 1840s. It’s a respite for hikers who’ve completed the 23-mile Pine Mountain Trail (or one of its seven loops) in nearby F.D. Roosevelt State Park.