Thanks to the number of picturesque glacial lakes in the mountains and gushing waterfalls, it's easy to obsess over water bodies in the Evergreen State. But what you probably didn't know about is this: Of all the best lakes in Washington, there's one that's so magical, it'll apparently heal you! Let that soak in.
Called the Soap Lake, you'll find it nestled beneath beautiful basalt cliffs along the southern end of the Lower Grand Coulee in Washington. Walk to the west end of the beach to relax in its hot spring-like waters and give yourself a free mudbath.
The town is even called 'Washington's health resort,' so you'll find people from across the world soaking in its mineral-rich waters or sunbathing in the mud.
Its fish-free waters are made up of 23 minerals like sodium, potassium, and chloride, and because of its salt content, you'll even float on it with very minimal effort.
In fact, its "magical" properties aren't a new fad either. It is said that rival Indian tribes would call a truce when they came to this spot to relax and heal themselves and their animals.
Several people now claim that it has absorbed toxins and oil from their skin, detoxing, toning and softening it.
Other claims include bye-bye joint aches and treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. We'd hop right on board, 'cause who doesn't want perfect skin?
Just make sure you watch out for rapid tanning while sunbathing, because the minerals and sunlight can quickly burn you up.
Since the water is clear, you can snorkel here, or take kayaks into it too. The town also has several cute bistros and a tipi village if you'd like to spend the night.
But before someone builds a plush resort and they charge you for the mud bath, this is your chance to bookmark this experience for the summer and try some of that mineral goodness for yourself.
Whether or not it heals you, as the town's motto goes, a lake day is still "your cure for the ordinary."
Address: Soap Lake, WA
Why You Need To Go: You can soak in "healing," mineral-rich waters while taking in spectacular views of basalt cliffs.
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