August 13, 2019
  • The Grotto, Ontario: The Grotto is inside the Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, nearly four hours northwest of downtown Toronto. Its stunning turquoise waters are a favorite among hikers and climbers.
  • Sliding Rock, North Carolina: This 50-foot rock slide ends in a 7-foot plunge pool, and pretty much looks like the most fun summer activity ever. Located just down the road from downtown Asheville.
  • Havasu Falls, Arizona: A favorite spot in the Grand Canyon, these crystal-blue waters make the red rocks of Arizona even more breathtaking.
  • Falling Water Falls, Arkansas: This Ozark National Forest spot is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the area and, just off the road, is easily accessible.
  • Hamilton Pool, Texas: This gorgeous grotto is about 30 miles west of Austin and doubles as a preserve offering environment protection, restoration and education. The natural pool is in a canyon and below a 50-foot waterfall, accessible via a well-marked hike.
  • Queen’s Bath, Hawaii: This pool is a sinkhole and tide pool surrounded by lava on the North Coast of Kauai Island. Although the pool is beautiful, it is also one of the most potentially dangerous because of the rough surf.
  • Cummins Falls, Tennessee: This swimming spot is along the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River in Jackson County, just over 80 miles from Nashville, and is home to one of Tennessee’s largest waterfalls, at 75 feet high.
  • Dorset Quarry, Vermont: This swimming hole is located within the country’s first commercial marble quarry, near Emerald Lake State Park and Bromley Mountain.
  • Johnson’s Shut-Ins, Missouri: The term “shut-in” refers to the small enclaves surrounded by hard rock, and the abundance of these in the 8,500-acre Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park located just under a two-hour drive from St. Louis.
  • Opal Pool, Oregon: The Opal Creek Wilderness and the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area urge visitors to unplug, and there’s no arguing that that’s the best way to experience the blue water of Opal Pool.

SOURCE:, 5/19/18