Well, here we are in the middle of another Tri-City winter with cold temps, low clouds, and fog. I don't know about you, but this kind of weather makes me bonkers - cabin fever is at an all-time high right now. So, what can someone do to cure the cabin fever and warm-up? Visit one or more of Washington's hot spots - literally. I've compiled a list of 3 places that appear to be worth the drive from the TRI. Two of these will require some hiking and driving on a dirt road and you'll likely be the only one there - lots of privacy. The third-place I've highlighted is a resort and good for all ages.

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

Photo: olympicnationalparks.com
Photo: olympicnationalparks.com
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Located on the Olympic Peninsula, Sol Duc Hot Springs has been a hot spot for hot spring dippers for over 100 years. Sol Duc is an Indian term meaning, "sparkling water", which in this case is also naturally heated by gasses cooling over volcanic rock beneath Earth's surface and then rises through a fissure (crack) into the pools.

There are three separate pools and temperatures vary from 55 degrees to 104 degrees, so there's a placed to soak for everyone. The Sol Duck Hot Springs Resort is located in Olympic National Park in Washington, check out their site here.

Gold Meyer Hot Spring

Photo:goldmyer.org
Photo: goldmyer.org
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This gem of a hot spring is located about 45 minutes from Seattle in near Snoqualmie pass and will require some effort and planning to get to. Basically, you have to drive 15 miles on a dirt road and hike in about 5 miles to reach the edge of the pool. Most who take the time to do this adventure say it's worth it. The hot spring is limited to about 15-20 people a day and it is highly recommended you make reservations before making the trip - you run the risk of being turned back if you don't. For more info on Gold Myer Hot Springs and to make reservations, go here.

Sulphur Creek Hot Spring

Photo: Roy J/wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/sulphur-creek
Photo: Roy J/wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/sulphur-creek
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Here's the other hot spring that requires some hiking. The trail to Sulphur Creek Hot Spring isn't well maintained and requires some climbing in a few areas before you reach the spring. And, when you arrive you'll have to look for a pipe which you can adjust to fill the pool area (enough room for 2) with warm water - this process takes about 15 - 20 minutes. This adventurous location is in the Mt. Baker National Forest near Darrington, Washington. Here's everything you need to know about this secluded place - have fun.

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Here's 3 Cool Hikes Near Tri-Cities

Badger and Candy Mountain are the two most popular local hikes, and for good reason, they're close, offer stunning views, easy parking, and they're fairly easy. But, if you're looking to freshen up your hiking experience without having to drive long distances, check out these three ideas, all within 30 minutes of Tri-Cities.