At the top of my list when I travel, especially if the travel in question involves flying or driving across the state in a road trip, is relaxing. When in New Mexico, make a health pilgrimage to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, about an hour’s drive from the charming town of Taos. There you can spend an entire day soothing your tired muscles soaking in a private outdoor mineral pool, complete with kiva fireplace.
A stunning experience at any time of year, especially spring, it becomes a special treat with a best friend or partner on a starry night or winter's day! The public pools are also great for a lazy all-day stay. Choose from 11 pools, each fed by the millennia-old geothermal mineral waters that spring from a subterranean volcanic aquifer. Ojo is the only hot springs in the world with four different types of mineral water, including lithium, iron, soda, and arsenic—they may sound a little dire but they're said to relieve ailments such as depression, immune deficiency, stress, arthritis, and skin conditions. After all this hydrotherapy, you'll feel like new, so have a massage or a healthy meal at Artesian Restaurant.