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America’s Best Swimming Holes

If you’re like us, when you hear the term “swimming holes” you think “cement pond” and it doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun. But America’s Best Swimming Holes presented by Travel + Leisure appear to be just that. Alternately dubbed as nature’s swimming pools (now that’s more like it) they’re a great way to beat the August heat.

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Havasu Falls (AZ), located a mile and a half outside the Havasupai Indian village of Supai, boasts water so turquoise it looks like it’s on loan from the Caribbean.

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In northeastern Alabama, the Little River snakes across the top of Lookout Mountain before plummeting into the 12-mile-long Little River Canyon. Bordered by broad-faced cliffs, the canyon is home to a handful of perfect swimming holes

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In an area where salmon outnumber people, Redfish Lake (ID), outside Stanley (population: 106), is a jaw-dropping example of why you explore the backcountry.[image]

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Sliding Rock in Brevard, NC is like nature’s original waterslide. Smoothed by centuries of flowing water, the 60-foot boulder shoots bathers into the frigid Carolina mountain waters like they have buttered backsides. [image]

For more of America’s Best Swimming Holes, visit the entire list at Travel + Leisure. [main image]