This quaint establishment offers the perfect combination of spa-like outdoor relaxation with the wilderness. Soak in the open-air tub surrounded by a wooden deck for a while and then move to the fire ring as the sun goes down. The temperature gets hot (a whopping 122F) so utilize the fresh air to cool off periodically.
East of Sitka and situated on the remote island of Baranof is this private hot spring bath which is, awkwardly, named Warm Springs. Actually, the nearby bay is called Warm Springs Bay, hence the seemingly inaccurate name for the hot springs. It takes a trek to get here, so plan a day (or more).
North of Fairbanks is one of the most popular hot springs in Alaska: Tolovana. There are rustic cabins here, as well as swanky wood-framed pools but that’s where the comforts end. Bring your own food, beverage, and sleeping bags to ensure you survive the outing.
Up for a hike? If you want to hit the Kilo Hot Springs for a soak then you’d better be! Located, well, somewhere in the vast interior of Alaska is where they reside and you might be able to score a private flight that can land a convenient five-mile hike from the springs, or you can go the budget route by hiking roughly 40-miles to get there.
If you’ve made it all the way to Bering Land Bridge National Preserve then you’ve certainly earned a warm session to relax those aching muscles. The Serpentine Hot Springs are located somewhere in the huge preserve and are worth the visit because, well, there’s not a hell of a lot else to do up there.
Tenakee Springs is actually home to a number of residents (barely creeping past triple digits, but that’s something!). An extension from a cruise through the Inside Passage at the Tenakee Hot Springs Lodge would do you right. Consider a weekend side-trip from Juneau.
Yet another off-the-beaten-path option for hot springs near Fairbanks is Hutlinana. The 6-7-mile hike from the highway is mostly flat so you can attempt to take it on in the winter, for the perfect dichotomy of frozen trees next to natural hot tub. Plan for early in the day so as to not get stuck after sundown.
The only hot springs on this list that is located in a private greenhouse, Manley Hot Springs provides a floral ambiance in a historical location where mining was popular back in early 1900s. Three tubs seem simple enough, but sometimes simplicity is the key to relaxation so head to Fox for this warm treat.
About 60-miles outside of Fairbanks is Chena Hot Springs where you could have the unique opportunity to view the aurora borealis while soaking in the hot waters. Even if the lights aren’t dancing for you in the sky, you’re bound to find relaxation and dreamy solitude here.
If you’re equally adventurous as you favor convenience you might want to consider White Sulphur Springs which is located about 65-miles north of relatively accessible Sitka. But that’s where the convenience ends (we’re talking to you, adventurous side) as you’ll have to make that trek just to end up with a decision to make: should we cross the channel by float plane, boat, or kayak?
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