Vacation season has arrived. Instead of lazing on sandy beaches among a sea of sweaty bodies, visit America’s stunning natural swimming holes. A myriad of exciting adventures await amidst impeccable scenery. Dive off mesmerizing canyons. Slide down beautiful waterfalls. Explore pure freshwater springs. Marvel at intriguing underwater caves.
To encounter all that and more, check out special sites alphabetically by state.
Where to Go
Alaska — Chitina’s McCarthy Swimming Hole: Hike to this breathtaking swim spot by the Kennicott River. Admire the mountains with majestic glaciers gracing the background.
Arizona — Sedona’s Crescent Moon Ranch: Escape Sedona’s crowds to discover this historic locale east of the Red Rocks campground and south of Slide Rock. Natural formations make the backdrop phenomenal.
New York — Ithaca’s Robert Treman State Park: An upstate visit to the Finger Lakes wine-making region encourages relaxing at a stream-fed pool while viewing a succession of delicate waterfalls.
Florida — Silver Springs’s Juniper Springs: Many generations have flocked to this dipping hole’s oasis-like atmosphere in the Ocala National Forest. Your turn has come to snorkel sparkling waters under shade trees.
Hawaii — Kauai’s Queen’s Bath: Princeville’s seaside offers an inviting tide pool in a picturesque setting. Soaking in turquoise salty water makes the descent from surrounding rocks worth your effort.
What to Wear
Today’s bathing suit cover ups offer fashionable versatility. They can conceal your bikini-bared body on land, supply barriers to protect your skin from sunshine and other weather conditions, and double as appropriate public attire for popping into shops and restaurants. Like towels, cover ups absorb moisture and provide shielding layers between wearers and seats, rocks, and sand. Some styles are suitable for in-water use, ensuring modesty and sun protection.
To find the right type, decide if you want to obscure just certain body areas or block out your completely. Front-opening kimonos allow semi upper coverage. Loose-fitting tunics are sheer or transparent long tops popular for design variety and versatility. Substitutes for regular clothes start with hoodies and shirts covering torsos and sometimes arms. Ponchos vary in lengths with some extending to thighs. For partial to full leg coverage, choose shorts, skirts, or pants. Rompers and dresses hide trunks while concealing legs partly or entirely.