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How to Hike the Hooker Valley Track in New Zealand

My guide to the Hooker Valley Track, an easy walk with incredible views of the Southern Alps, glacial streams and the majestic Aoraki (Mount Cook).

When it comes to incredible day hikes, it’s honestly hard to beat the Hooker Valley Track in terms of both views and ease of access. In fact, this is one of New Zealand’s most popular day walks.

Located in the incredible Mount Cook National Park, the Hooker Valley track winds up the glacial valley, crossing several scenic suspension bridges over glacial streams with ice-capped mountains on every side.

After doing this walk many times on my trips to New Zealand, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about track, including how to get here, what to expect, trail directions, and more based on my personal experience.

Arriving at the Hooker glacial lake

Key Information

Hike Distance & Duration: 10 km return, 3 hours

Elevation: 100 meters

Difficulty: Easy

Trailhead Location: Near White Horse Hill Campground at the end of Mount Cook Road

Facilities: Toilets and parking available at the trailhead and about half way

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The trail follows the Hooker River up the Hooker Valley, crossing three scenic swing bridges with views of Mueller Lake and with Mount Cook visible along the entire length of the hike. The track ends at Hooker Lake, where you’ll see Mount Cook on clear days. This is an out-and-back trail, meaning you will hike the same path to return to the trailhead.

Read on for more info, tips on photo spots, and what to expect.

Bridge Closures: Be aware that the suspension bridges can be closed due to high winds or maintenance. The second swing bridge is the one most often closed. If this bridge is closed, you can walk up to the moraine viewpoint but won’t be able to continue to Hooker Lake, which is the highlight of the track. Always check conditions before starting your hike to avoid disappointment.

Where is the Hooker Valley Track?

The Hooker Valley Track follows the Hooker River up the Hooker Valley within the Mount Cook National Park. The trailhead is accessible from near the White Horse Hill campsite, located at the end of Mount Cook Road.

To reach the starting point, head towards Mount Cook Village, and continue driving until you reach the end of the road. Here, you’ll find the White Horse Hill Campground and car park, which serves as the main access point for the trail.

How to Get to the Hooker Valley Trailhead

Getting to the Hooker Valley Track requires a drive down one of New Zealand’s most scenic roads; Mount Cook Road. This road branches off State Highway 8 (Tekapo-Twizel Road) at the junction just before Lake Pukaki.

The road to Mount Cook National Park is sealed and well-maintained. However, it does close occasionally during Winter due to storms. Along the way, you’ll get some of the most beautiful scenes in the country.

Once you arrive at the end of the road, park at one of the large two car parks (about 200 car spaces) near White Horse Hill Camp. You’ll find signs indicating the trailhead on the right side of the road as you arrive.

Tip: Make sure to stop at Peter’s Lookout on the way in!

My parents enjoying the views on the road to Mount Cook National Park

No Transport? How to hike the Hooker Valley Track on a Day Trip

For those without their own car, or if you’d prefer to visit the majestic Mount Cook NP on a day trip instead, you’re in luck. There are several awesome small group and private tours that you can book online in advance, saving the hassle of transport.

From QueenstownMount Cook NP Day Trip

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My Experience on the Hooker Valley Hike & What to Expect

Hike Distance & Duration: 10 km in 2 – 3 hours

Elevation: 100 m elevation gain

Difficulty: Easy

The Hooker Valley hike is an easy track that is suitable to varying fitness levels. This is the most popular hike in Mount Cook National Park thanks to its ease of access and stunning views.

Additionally, the track is mostly flat, with only about 100 m of elevation change spread out over the 10 km track.

I first hiked this trail in 2019 and have been back many times, usually on trips with family (this is a great walk for families as it’s easy). This personal account before was written from my first time but I’ve updated the information to reflect the current situation (which hasn’t changed much to be honest)!

Starting the Hike

Starting from the White Horse Hill Campground, I began the Hooker Valley Track early in the morning to catch the best light and avoid the crowds. The trailhead is easy to find, just follow the signs past the parking area.

First Swing Bridge

There are a total of three swing bridges on the Hooker Valley Track. The first one crosses the Hooker River with excellent views over Mueller Lake.

About 1.3 kilometers in, I reached this first swing bridge. The bridge offers excellent views of Mueller Lake and the rushing Hooker River below and is a great place for photos. Looking over to the west and you might be able to make out hikers walking up to the Sealy Tarns and the Mueller Hut.

This bridge is usually open but can be closed in winter or in very high winds or heavy rain. That said, I’ve never seen it closed.

Moraine Viewpoint

Soon after the first bridge, there’s a viewpoint with informative signs about the area’s alpine geology, courtesy of the DOC. It’s a good spot for a quick rest and some photos.

Second Swing Bridge

Another 1.3 kilometers along, you arrive at the second swing bridge. This section of the river is more turbulent, with impressive rapids and large boulders.

The bridge itself is sturdy but can be closed in adverse weather. If this bridge is closed, you won’t be able to reach Hooker Lake, the highlight of the track. You can still walk up to the moraine viewpoint but will need to turn back from there.

About 1 kilometer past the second bridge, we reached Stocking Stream Shelter, which has toilets and benches.

After the second swing bridge, you will notice that the landscape changes to a tussock plain, with wooden boardwalks preventing hikers from trampling the native grassland.

Third Swing Bridge

The final swing bridge is about 700 meters further. This bridge offers spectacular views of Mount Cook, especially on clear days. The track continues past the bridge and gently climbs the last 600 meters to Hooker Lake.

On a clear day, it’ll seem like you’re walking directly toward Mount Cook herself, towering just behind a small hill.

Arriving at Hooker Lake

Hooker Lake marks the end of the Hooker Valley track. From here, you’ll have incredible views of New Zealand’s tallest mountain and far-spanning views across the glacier-dotted lake.

You can also walk further to the shore of the lake, where you can get a closer glimpse of the huge chunks of ice making their way to the source of the Hooker River.

From here, the Hooker Valley track leads back to the car park, the same way you came in. This time, the predominant view is of the Sealy mountain range.

Hooker Glacier

What if it’s Too Cloudy?

Bad weather seems to be more common than a clear day in this region. I’ve done this hike a few times but the first time we visited, we waited days for a good opportunity to hike it and see good views of Mount Cook.

However, if you are low on time, don’t skip this hike just because of a bit of cloud cover. Remember that this is an alpine region and the weather changes very quickly. Sometimes, this can be a blessing, especially when the clouds part perfectly for a brief moment revealing the grandiose peaks and glaciers of this incredible destination.

More Things to Do at Mount Cook National Park

In a rush and prefer to have your trip to Mount Cook organized in advance? Check out these three unmissable Mount Cook experiences!

1. Mount Cook Small Group Tour

The best way to experience the best of Mount Cook National Park on an epic day trip from Queenstown and includes the Hooker Valley Track.

2. Mount Cook Ski Plane & Helicopter

A surprisingly affordable experience including a thrilling aerial tour by both ski plane and a helicopter!

3. Tasman Glacier Heli Hike Top-Pick

See the Tasman Glacier from above and land on the Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier for an epic Glacier Hike (all gear provided)

Where to Stay in Mount Cook National Park

With so many amazing hiking opportunities in Mount Cook National Park, it’s worth staying at least a night in the nearby Mount Cook Village. Below are the 3 top-rated options with links to check availability & pricing.

1. Aoraki Court Motel

A spacious motel offering small, affordable rooms and large, two-bedroom apartments in the Mount Cook Village.

2. Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Lodge Top-Pick

A beautiful lodge with spacious rooms accommodating everyone from couples to large families, just a 5-minute walk from the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

3. The Hermitage Hotel

An incredible hotel with mountain views & a warm fireplace, just a drive to the start of the Hooker Valley Track.

Camping Near the Hooker Valley Track

By far, the best place to stay overnight at Mount Cook National Park is the White Horse Hill Campsite.

Here, there are 60 unpowered sites and you’ll need to arrive early in peak season to secure a spot. It’s not possible to book online as it operates on a first-come-first-serve basis.

More Photos From the Hooker Valley Track

Here are some more of my favourite photos from the hike. These are spread out in different visits so you have a good idea about the variety of what to expect. We were very fortunate to have good weather on most visits to be able to capture some clear shots!

If you have any track updates or questions, make sure to help other travelers out by leaving a comment below.

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5 Lakes in Tennessee with Cabins & Vacation Lake Houses

Tennessee is an absolute stunner of a state, and while so many vacationgoers head to Nashville, there’s so much more to explore. From the great Smoky Mountains to the beautiful lakes!

Scattered along the Appalachian Mountains, the stunning lakes in Tennessee offer endless outdoor activities and scenic views. Spend your summers boating, fishing, and swimming in crystal-clear waters, or curl up in a cozy cabin by the fire during the colder months. 

Below I’ve gathered my top five picks for lakes in Tennessee with cabins and vacation lake houses that will help you navigate where to stay in Tennessee.

My highlights have to be Norris Lake, with its crystal waters and the stunning landscapes surrounding it; you can stay in epic homes like this Cabin with Double Decker Dock. Or, if you prefer a more secluded spot, check out Lake Cherokee, with its stunning views and peaceful vibes.

Norris Lake

Hidden in the mountains of Northern Tennessee, Norris Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the state with gorgeous crystal clear waters and 800 miles of shoreline. Conveniently located right off the interstate, Norris Lake is the perfect way to really embrace the beauty of Tennessee without having to go too far off the beaten path.

Spend your days boating, fishing, or simply lounging in your cabin retreat. You can get an adrenaline rush with water sports like wakeboarding, tubing, and jet skiing, or relax on a pontoon boat and take in the great outdoors while you cast a rod and reel.

While many Norris Lake house rentals are located near marinas, there are also more secluded options for those seeking a quieter stay. From luxurious homes to quaint little cabin getaways, you’ll have easy water access and plenty of nights under the stars.

Lake Norris – Lake Front Cottage / VRBO

Best cabins at Norris Lake

Large Log Cabin – This beautiful cabin sleeps up to eight people and offers a private boat slip, fire pit, and access to a nearby golf course. It’s perfect for larger groups or families.

Cabin with Double Decker Dock – In a private cove on Norris Lake, this cabin offers lots of fun and quality time with a double-decker dock, a hot tub, and a game room.

Lake Front Cottage – A peaceful cottage with a private dock, two kayaks, and a canoe to explore the calm waters of Norris Lake. This is the perfect spot for fishing or just relaxing by the water.

Cherokee Lake

With miles of untouched shoreline, Cherokee Lake is a rugged and secluded destination for nature lovers. And while it feels miles away from civilization, it’s only 35 miles from Knoxville. The lake area was once a pathway for Native American tribes, and now it provides a serene escape for those seeking to get away from it all.

Cherokee Lake offers everything from fishing and boating to hiking and birdwatching. But most known for its plethora of Crappie, Walleye, and Striped Bass. And with over 400 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty of space for everyone to find their own perfect spot.

Many visitors choose to stay in charming lakeside cabin rentals or cottages, where they can fully immerse themselves in the peaceful surroundings and incredible mountain views.

View of Cherokee Lake from The Lake House / VRBO

Best cabins at Cherokee Lake

The Lake House – On the main channel of the lake, this Lake House has some of the best views of Lake Cherokee and is right on the water. It has a private dock for fishing and swimming.

Lake Front Lake House – A modern lake house with a huge wrap-around deck on the main floor with a ceiling fan, dining area, private dock, and a gas grill and fire pit. 

Hilltop Home – Located near Gilmore Dock and Panther Creek State Park, this charming hilltop home has beautiful lake views from the spacious decks and easy access to outdoor activities.

Old Hickory Lake

Located in Middle Tennessee, Old Hickory Lake is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The 22,500-acre lake was created by the Old Hickory Lock and Dam on the Cumberland River, and Nashville is only 25 miles upstream giving easy access to city attractions.

Old Hickory Lake offers activities like swimming at its four beaches, perfect for kids, plus boating and water sports with many boat ramps and marinas. For those who prefer dry land, there are hiking and biking trails, including the 4-mile Old Hickory Dam Greenway, offering scenic lake views and paths through the woods.

In the last few years, the waterfront properties on Old Hickory Lake have become a hot spot with an influx of luxury homes and rental cabins. All have gorgeous sunset views and large areas for entertaining groups of all sizes.

Sunset at Old Hickory Lake – Lake Front House / VRBO

Best cabins at Old Hickory Lake

Nashville Lake House – A renovated waterfront cabin with a rustic charm and modern amenities, close to Nashville. It offers a private dock, kayaks, paddleboards, and an outdoor fire pit.

Lake Front Home – This home is spacious and comfortable with amazing views of the sunset. With a sauna, full kitchen area, and a large deck, it is perfect for entertaining larger groups.

Couples Cove – Ideal for a romantic getaway, this cozy lakefront home offers a private hot tub, pool table, and kayaks. It is also conveniently located near Nashville’s attractions.

Douglas Lake

Douglas Lake is a reservoir located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge. With over 500 miles of shoreline and stunning blue waters, Douglas Lake is as good as it gets. And it’s just a short drive to all the popular Eastern Tennessee activities, like downtown Gatlinburg, the famous Dollywood, and the Titanic Museum.

Prepare to stay busy on Douglas Lake, with many activities to choose from. Jet skiing, water skiing, and wakeboarding are popular for those who love the adrenaline rush. Or venture into the mountains and visit the smoky mountain deer farm or go ziplining through the trees.

Snag Douglas Lake cabins with a private boat dock and spend your days fishing, swimming or simply taking in the breathtaking views. And at night, roast marshmallows over the campfire while stargazing alongside loved ones.

Douglas Lake – Fort Sunsets Cabin / VRBO

Best cabins at Douglas Lake

Fort Sunsets Cabin – A luxurious cabin with a large waterfront deck, hot tub, and private dock for your boat. Plus, it’s pet-friendly! Excellent for family fun.

Charming Lakehouse – This lake house offers a cozy and rustic feel, with a screened-in porch overlooking the water with rocking chairs and a porch swing. 

Private Lakefront Cabin – At the edge of the Smoky Mountains, this idyllic lakefront cabin features stunning water and nature views. A great way to spend the evening is around the pool table or the hot tub.

Chickamauga Lake

Along the Tennessee River, Chickamauga Lake is a lesser-known but equally stunning destination for a quiet lakeside vacation. More popular with fishing boats, this lake offers a tranquil atmosphere with scenic views of the surrounding mountains.

The waters in the summer are cooler, and because of the current of the river, the largemouth bass in the lake are bigger and more plentiful, but it’s not all about fishermen. Chickamauga is also a great place for kayakers and paddleboarders to explore the calm waters. And North of the dam is a roped-off area for swimming.

With riverside lodges and waterfront cabins, a stay at Chickamauga Lake is much more low-key and laid back with direct lake access and loads of fishing docks.

Views of Chickamauga Lake at sunset – Lake House / VRBO

Best cabins at Chickamauga Lake

Luxury Lake Front Home – This Lake Front Home sleeps 20 people and is perfect for large groups or weddings. With a private dock and spacious outdoor area, it’s perfect for a summer getaway.

Lake House on Chickamauga – This modern lake house features a unique design with an open floor plan. It comes with a private dock, boat ramp, and kayaks, perfect for water activities.

Fisherman’s Retreat – Nestled on the banks of the Tennessee River, this fisherman’s retreat provides a peaceful getaway. Enjoy fishing off the private dock or relaxing on the spacious deck overlooking the water.

This travel guide is the perfect inspiration to lead you through the smoky mountains and the beautiful Lakefront cabins and vacation lake houses in Tennessee.

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10 Unforgettable Things To See In Normandy

Visitors to France typically focus on iconic landmarks in Paris, the lavender fields of Provence, or the luxurious resorts along the Côte d’Azur. Few realize that there are many things to see in Normandy and plenty to do.

Beautiful, unspoiled scenery, great food, and magnificent historical landmarks exist. You’re sure to find something to enjoy. But for an extra memorable vacation, try these 10 unforgettable experiences in Normandy.

Go on a D-Day Historical Tour

The coastline of Normandy was the scene of the most famous military invasion to date. Known to many simply as D-Day, this military operation saw more than 156,000 American, British, and Canadian troops land here to fight the occupying Nazi troops and was a significant turning point in the Second World War.

As part of the WWII D-Day invasion, Allied forces landed at Omaha Beach, which is located in Normandy, northern France. German bunkers still dot the beach today. The stainless-steel sculpture Les Braves stands on the shore in honor of American soldiers. A museum behind the beach also provides information about the invasion. Dioramas and tanks from WWII are displayed at the Overlord Museum nearby.

Normandy has its fair share of military landmarks and museums to commemorate this event. But if you’re a military history buff with a deeper thirst for knowledge and adventure, a Band of Brothers Tour is the way to go.

Their tours are carefully curated to provide the ultimate war history experience, with expert guides fluent in English. You’ll see all the most critical WW2 sites across Europe.

However, the 6-day Beaches of Normandy tour is one of the most popular, offering fresh insights into Normandy’s role in the war. It allows you to experience the tragedies and triumphs of memorable military events while enjoying an unforgettable vacation you’ll be talking about for years.

Stroll Through “Mini Paris” – Rouen

Forget Paris. Normandy’s capital, Rouen, is the region’s “mini Paris.” Situated on the banks of the Seine, Rouen boasts the famous Rouen Cathedral, although the area is more well known as where the historical figure Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.

However, Rouen has much more to offer, and you’ll be delighted by gothic-style churches, Parisian-style cafes, and even a fine arts museum. Some of the outstanding landmarks of Rouen include the Astronomical Clock known as the Gros-Horloge and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

But this city’s most beautiful attractions extend past those built of stone, wood, and glass. Nature’s greener elements steal the show at the Jardin des Plantes de Rouen. This botanical garden covers 8 hectares and includes a rock garden, rose garden orchard, and much more. Entrance to the garden is free.

Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The UNESCO World Heritage program preserves sites of cultural significance and historical value. This brings them international recognition so that ensuing generations can appreciate these places of interest and learn more about them.

A trip to Normandy offers travelers various UNESCO sites, and Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most spectacular. This Gothic-style Benedictine abbey and walled-in village sit atop a rocky islet where Normandy and Brittany’s tides merge.

The Abbey is centuries old yet is as impressive now as it was, presiding over the surrounding waters from its rocky summit. Treat yourself to a tour of this ancient abbey and marvel at the architectural wonders inside. It is open to the public all year round.

Several tours include “In the Archangel’s Heavens” and “The Bastille of the Sea and its Dungeons.”

Normandy & Mont Saint Michel Tours From Paris

Many people take a day tour to Mont Saint Michel or Normandy from Paris. Most choose one or the other. I’ve personally done the Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel. It’s worth it, but getting to the coastline from Paris is a long day. Regardless, if you can’t do one of the week tours, here are some great options:

Soak up the Sun With Some Outdoor Sports

If your vacation idea includes some fun in the sun, you’ll love Normandy. Mountain and electric bike rentals are widely available for sightseeing on two wheels. You can also hike among the soaring cliffs of Étretat for panoramic landscapes and breathtaking sea views.

If you’re a watersports fan, you’re in the right place, too. Thanks to its 600km (372.8 miles) coastline and beautiful rivers, lakes, and other waterways, Normandy is the perfect setting for thrilling watersports. The Manche, Calvados, and Seine-Maritime coastal departments offer world-class water sports facilities.

You’ll also find many water-based activities. Consistent winds and pleasant weather make Normandy the ideal spot for sailing, surfing, canoeing, and more.

If possible, time your Normandy vacation with the yearly Normandy Channel Race. This European regatta, which starts and ends in Caen, follows a 1000-mile route and passes through the English Channel. It takes place every year in Spring, drawing crowds from far and wide.

See the Sights in a Campervan

If you want a family-friendly vacation, consider touring Normandy in a campervan. Like many other European regions, Normandy is well-suited to camper tourists, with many designated campervan stops.

You will find one near Mont Saint Michel and another large motorhome camping site near the charming Honfleur Harbour. So you and your family can travel comfortably and see Normandy’s most popular attractions your way.

If you prefer getting closer to nature, pitch a tent at the Campsite le Cormoran. This 5-star campsite offers every camping experience, from campervan and motorhome stalls to tent pitches. It’s right near the Utah landing beach of Normandy fame, making it the perfect spot to use as a base for some sightseeing.

Visit Celebrity Homes and Gardens

Many famous people throughout history have called Normandy home. These include people like the writers Guy de Maupassant, Marcel Proust, and Maurice Leblanc, as well as the artists Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet.

Internationally renowned physicist Augustin Fresnel, who invented crystal optics and the compact lens still used in lighthouses today, also hailed from Normandy. The people of Normandy are very proud of these and other famous figures, and you’ll find many sites paying homage to Normandy’s famed folk.

Hollywood is not the only place you can enjoy celebrity home tours. Normandy has them, too. If celebrated artists interest you more than movie stars, you’ll love the Monet House and Garden Tour in the quaint village of Giverny.

Here, the non-profit organization Fondation Claude Monet has carefully preserved the surroundings that inspired some of the artist’s great works. Traverse the bridge across the Japanese water gardens and lily ponds and glimpse the scenes of nature that played muse to the master’s brushstrokes.

Admire Medieval Castles

One of the best things about traveling through Europe is visiting all the medieval castles. They certainly contribute to making a vacation in Normandy unforgettable. But if you thought Normandy’s medieval castles were limited to Mont-Saint-Michel, think again.

While it is undoubtedly one of the area’s most famous sites, several other medieval marvels are to be admired and explored. And each of these ancient castles is worth a visit, boasting its beauty and a unique claim to fame. Here are just a few examples among the many that still stand today.

Chateau de Caen is one of Europe’s largest medieval enclosure castles. Chateau de Gisors was a strategic stronghold of the famed Knights Templar in France. And let’s not forget Chateau de Falaise, where William the Conqueror was born, and Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart.

Chateau de Falaise:

Photo Credit: Chateau de Falaise

The more significant population never knew what happened behind these castle walls, as the entrance was restricted. Fortunately, anyone can now step back in time and enter these famous fortresses. And unlike medieval times, you won’t need to worry about a language barrier. Most tour guides are fluent in English. 

Go to an Equestrian Show at an 18th-Century Chateau

Combine your love of animals with your love of history. Hara’s national du Pin is known as the “Versailles for horses,” rightly so. It’s the oldest stud in France, but what makes it more exceptional is the castle and stables’ architectural style.

This 18th-century stud farm is in the Le Pin-au-Haras district, in the Orne department of Southern Normandy. It was built between 1715 and 1730 under the reign of Louis XV in the style of “École de Versailles ‘; it attracts fans of 18th-century French architecture and hippophiles alike.

There are many ways to enjoy this haven of all things equine. Take a self-guided tour of the 18th-century chateau and explore at your own pace. Attend one of the equestrian shows (Thursday afternoons from June through September) and marvel at these majestic beasts’ strength, beauty, and grace.

Photo Credit: Haras National du Pin

If you want to learn even more, book a guided tour of the grounds. Tours usually last about an hour, during which time you’ll be taken on a walk-through of the historic chateau, stable, and tack rooms. You’ll also see the horse-drawn carriages that once transported the wealthy and noble of the era.

For a fee, you can enjoy such a carriage ride and fully immerse yourself in the aristocracy’s footsteps (and hoofprints). Le Haras National du Pin offers something for everyone, from seasoned equestrians to those who would love to learn more about horses. So, book a tour, a carriage ride, a horse riding session, or a riding lesson while you’re there, and ensure an unforgettable experience.

Walk a Spiritual Path on a Pilgrimage

The iconic Mont Saint-Michel is famous not only for its architectural style but also for its general historical significance. It is one of Normandy’s better-known pilgrimage sites. But it’s by no means the only one worth visiting.

Basilica Of Lisieux, the second-most significant of Normandy’s pilgrimage sites, is in the Calvados department. It is associated with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun and one of the patron saints of missions. Catholics who come here pay homage to this saint who greatly supported missionaries.

Of course, people of other religious denominations also visit the Basilica Saint-Therese. It offers a spiritual experience that makes a trip to Normandy unforgettable. Well-positioned on a hill overlooking the town, it has the best of both worlds- the beauty of the decor within and the beauty of the view without.

Pilgrim or not, though, there is plenty to see and do here while on a vacation in Normandy. Lisieux is one of Normandy’s oldest towns, with several preserved ruins dating back to ancient Gallo-Roman times.

Take a Culinary Tour

Normandy’s greatest treasures are its historical sites and beautiful scenery. But Foodies will enjoy their time here for another reason – the mouthwatering, delectable cuisine. Take one of the culinary tours on offer for an unforgettable taste experience. 

As one would expect of a coastal region, Normandy has fantastic seafood. Various shellfish and fish are typically doused in tasty broths and creamy sauces and have never tasted so good. Marmite Dieppoise is one of the most popular dishes and features fish, crème fraiche, butter, cider, crustaceans, and molluscs.

If you are not excited by the prospect of sensational seafood, have no fear! Norman cuisine’s rich tapestry weaves together threads of traditional French cuisine and pastries with unique local flavors. Creamy camembert cheeses and crisp apple ciders are some of the region’s most popular exports.

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21 Amazing Hotels In Colorado With Private Hot Tubs

Looking for hotels in Colorado with private hot tubs?

Then you’re in the right place!

Colorado adventures abound. And after a day of getting active in the outdoors, there’s nothing better than coming home to soak in a steamy tub — often outside under the stars — with a glass of wine.

If that sounds good, you’ll want to keep reading to learn about some of the incredible places to stay in Colorado with private hot tubs.

Colorado is one of my favorite destinations, and I can’t wait to share these hotels and secluded cabins in Colorado with hot tubs with you, which range from rustic to luxury and cater to an array of budgets!

Short on time? Some top picks for Colorado hot tub hotels include:

Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn (Denver) – features a private hot tub on your balcony
The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs) – a 5-star hot tub retreat in the Rocky Moutnains
Courtyard by Marriott Colorado Springs South (Colorado Springs) – an affordable Colorado hotel with private hot tub

Benefits Of Choosing A Hot Tub Hotel In Colorado [Video]

Before you read on…

Check out the video above. Hot tubs aren’t just relaxing, but offer a number of health and wellness benefits.

Watch to find out what those are. Then, continue reading to discover some incredible Colorado resorts with private hot tubs.

Denver Hotels With Private Hot Tubs

Photo via Capitol Hill Mansion, one of the most romantic hotels with private hot tubs Denver, Colorado

1. Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn (Denver)

If a hotel with a private hot tub on the balcony in Colorado is your dream, this one is for you.

First of all, “Quaint” is the perfect word to describe this charming bed and breakfast.

Each room is named after a Colorado state wildflower and is individually decorated with antique furnishings that take you back in time.

The best part?

Certain suites — specifically the Pasque Flower Room, Shooting Star Balcony Room, and the Gold Banner Suite — have private whirlpools.

If you’re looking for hotels in Denver, Colorado with hot tubs, you won’t be disappointed.

Personally, I loved soaking on the deck, taking in the beauty of the night sky.

Bonus: This Colorado bed and breakfast is in my favorite local neighborhood, Capitol Hill.

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Hillside Two Cottage hot tub. Photo via Highland Haven Creekside Inn.

2. Highland Haven Creekside Inn (Evergreen)

Craving a mountain stay just outside of the city? This family-run boutique property offers a Rocky Mountain retreat with loads of amenities — many of which are included with your stay, like a full hot breakfast as well as daily happy hour.

It’s one of the best hotels in Colorado with jacuzzi in room! They specifically offer three private hotel rooms with hot tubs — each uniquely decorated with two bedrooms — including:

The Hillside Two Cottage, a rustic option with an indoor Jacuzzi located just steps down from the back bedroom;

The Evergreen Suite, which features a four-person hot tub in a wood-paneled spa room; and

The Fireside Loft, a luxurious and modern suite where you can lounge in an outdoor hot tub and watch deer and elk on your private lawn.

Note that this hotel is in Evergreen, which is about 30 minutes from Denver by car.

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Photo via Cliff House Lodge

3. Cliff House Lodge (Morrison)

Cliff House Lodge is located in Morrison, Colorado, a small town that is just outside Denver.

This Denver hotel with hot tub in room is best known for being home to ​​Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, a famous concert venue, making it the perfect place to stay if you’re attending a show there.

The hotel offers a convenient shuttle to the venue. Cliff House Lodge is also one of the best hotels with a private Jacuzzi in room in Colorado.

All of their rooms and cottages come with a private hot tub — some outdoor and some indoors — that you can enjoy.

Other perks at this hotel include a complimentary made-to-order breakfast and easy access to nature.

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Hotels In Colorado Springs With Private Hot Tubs

Looking for romantic getaways in Colorado Springs with private hot tubs? Check out my recommended hotels below!

Outdoor hot tub at The Broadmoor’s posh Cloud Camp

4. The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs)

Talk about romantic hotels with private hot tubs in Denver, Colorado! This 5-star property rests on 5,000 gorgeous acres at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

They offer three different wilderness experiences, though the one we’re focusing on here is their Cloud Camp offering.

Here you’ll find the two-room Cloud Camp FireTower Suite — constructed atop the stone foundation of a historic fire tower.

Sure, you’ll have to climb 145 wooden steps to reach the suite; but once you do, you’ll have total privacy.

Not only that, but there are gorgeous views of Pikes Peak, a telescope-equipped observation room for seeing planets and shooting stars, and of course a private outdoor hot tub. Basically, it’s like soaking in the clouds.

Your stay in Cloud Camp means you have access to tons of fun activities, too, like horseback riding, hiking, crafting, cooking classes, archery and more.

Rates include food, alcohol, activities, and transportation from The Broadmoor’s main campus to Cloud Camp. And of course, enjoyment of a relaxing hot tub in the mountains.

Overall, it’s one of the best Colorado Springs hotels with hot tub!

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5. Courtyard by Marriott Colorado Springs South (Colorado Springs)

One of the best hotels with private hot tubs in room in Colorado Springs is the Courtyard Marriott.

If you’re visiting the Colorado Springs area and are looking for an affordable hotel with a private Jacuzzi, this is a great place to stay.

Being part of the Marriott hotel chain, this hotel offers all the amenities you would expect including free WiFi, in-room televisions, a gym and fitness center, and a cafe serving breakfast.

There’s also an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor seating area with a fire pit.

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Photo via VRBO

6. Native Colorado Vacation Rental With Private Hot Tub (Colorado Springs)

This three-bedroom Spanish-inspired bungalow features all the modern amenities you could ask for:

A private gym space, landscaped grounds and gardens, sunny rooms, a fireplace, a Breville coffee station, and a wet bar.

The best feature, though, is undoubtedly the large back patio equipped with a gas fire-pit and Jacuzzi spa tub.

The hot tub is a great way to unwind after enjoying Colorado Springs experiences like seeing the spectacular rocks at Gardens of the Gods, ascending Pikes Peak, and taking in the aquatic beauty of the Broadmoor Seven Falls.

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7. Cliff House at Pikes Peak (Manitou Springs)

Cliff House at Pikes Peak is a historic hotel nestled at the foot of “America’s Mountain.”

Pikes Peak is known for being the easternmost mountain in the Rockies, located in the charming town of Manitou Springs, which is just outside Colorado Springs.

Cliff House is one of the best hotels with private Jacuzzi in room in Colorado, with most of the hotel’s 54 rooms containing a two-person spa hot tub.

Guests staying at this Victorian-style hotel will also enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning, perfect for fueling up before a day of exploring one of the area’s many hiking trails.

It’s one of those hotels with hot tubs in Colorado Springs that won’t disappoint you!

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Vail Lodging With Private Hot Tubs

Photo via The Minturn Inn

8. The Minturn Inn (Minturn)

Located about 10 minutes from Vail, Minturn offers gorgeous mountain views without the crowds.

And there’s no better place to savor this beauty and peace than The Minturn Inn, where you can experience a private hot tub hotel in Colorado.

Enjoy rustic accommodations in a historic 1800s home with the hospitality of a 5-star property.

In the morning, savor a made-to-order breakfast paired with fresh fruit, yogurt, and pastries at a communal table.

Around town, don’t miss perusing the Minturn Farmer’s Market, having a glass of wine at Minturn Cellars, and exploring Vail Mountain and Village.

If you’ve booked the Columbine, King Ranch, Whistle Stop, 10th Mtn Division or Camp Hale rooms, you can then retreat back to enjoy your own jetted tub and fireplace.

This is one of the top hotels with a Jacuzzi in the room in Colorado.

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Photo via the Four Seasons Resort and Residences

9. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail (Vail)

If you crave Vail lodging with hot tubs included, here is your answer. At the entrance to Vail Village, you’ll find this spectacular property — home to spacious rooms and the only Five-Star Spa in the Vail Valley.

It’s just a short walk to the many shops and restaurants of Vail Village, not to mention your own dedicated Ski Concierge near the base of Gondola One.

Savor complimentary s’mores by the pool — a daily offering in winter and a twice-per-week happening in summer — with their elevated HauteChocolate, and have modern mountain meals at the onsite Remedy Bar & Flame Restaurant.

Hint:

The truffled goat cheese pizza is delicious, especially with one of their craft cocktails.

Along with communal Jacuzzis, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail offers a private hot tub option in their 6-Bedroom Designer Residence, pictured above.

After soaking in the view, literally, head inside to curl up by the fireplace, read a book from the extensive in-room collection or enjoy a drink in the massive kitchen.

This one of the top picks when it comes to Colorado ski resorts with a private hot tub.

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Aspen Hotels With Private Hot Tubs

Residences at The Little Nell, pool deck. Photo by Jeremy Swanson.

10. The Little Nell (Aspen)

Known for its upscale ski culture, Aspen is the perfect place to hit the slopes all day and then soak in your private tub at night.

That’s especially true if you’re staying at The Little Nell, specifically in their Residences.

This luxe Relais & Châteaux property boasts being Aspen’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond, ski-in/ski-out hotel.

Just a few highlights:

A complimentary mini-bar with snacks & non-alcoholic beverages

A heated rooftop outdoor pool and Jacuzzi

Free transportation services

A Ski Concierge

An Audi test-drive program

24/7 in-room dining

A spa and fitness center

From the property, you’ll be well situated to explore local experiences like skiing Aspen Mountain, apres-ski at Ajax Tavern, visiting the Aspen Art Museum and shopping for authentic Western apparel at Kemo Sabe.

Another highlight of a stay:

Taking part in the Little Nell’s Snowcat Powder Tour.

The excursion involves exploring 10-12 untracked Aspen Mountain runs before savoring lunch — with wine — and chair massages.

Note:

While winter brings the snow, summer in Aspen is worth a visit, too — especially as you can snag incredible hotel and flight deals!

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11. Prospector Condos (Aspen)

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Aspen, Colorado with your own private hot tub, look no further than Prospector Condos.

These vacation condos are in a great location close to all the skiing and other outdoor activities that Aspen has to offer, along with shopping and dining.

The condos offer stunning views of Aspen Mountain that you can enjoy while relaxing in your own private hot tub.

All condos come equipped with an outdoor hot tub on a private patio, perfect for soaking in after a long day of hitting the slopes in the winter or hiking during the summer months.

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Estes Park Hotels With Private Hot Tubs

Photo via VRBO

12. Historic Downtown Cabin With Hot Tub & Views (Estes Park)

If you’re looking for romantic cabins in Colorado with private hot tubs, you’re in the right place.

This charming 19th-century cabin sits right on a hillside above downtown and is walkable to the main strip in Estes Park.

After a day of exploring, you can go back to your cabin to take in views of the rocky cliffs of Lumpy Ridge while soaking in your very own private outdoor hot tub.

Other highlights of this Colorado cabin rental with hot tub include a BBQ grill, fireplace, full kitchen, mountain views, and fast WiFi.

Nearby, go hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the view from the Estes Park Aerial Tramway, and explore the attractions of the Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park.

As you can see, there are a number of places to enjoy private hot tub hotels in Colorado. Soak up the scenery through active adventures during the day, and soak those muscles at night.

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13. Della Terra Mountain Chateau (Estes Park)

Della Terra Mountain Chateau is a stunning hotel and event venue located in Estes Park, Colorado.

It’s not hard to see why this lovely hideaway is a popular place for weddings, and it makes the perfect romantic getaway for couples.

Looking for cabins in Colorado with hot tubs? This hotel offers luxury suites and cabins with private outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, walk-in showers, soaking tubs, and other chic touches.

A complimentary made-to-order breakfast is also included in your stay.

Della Terra Mountain Chateau is by far one of the best hotels with private hot tubs in Colorado, especially if you are looking for a romantic escape.

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14. StoneBrook Resort (Estes Park)

Located in Estes Park, StoneBrook Resort is an adults-only hotel offering Jacuzzi suites in Colorado.

This cozy retreat is perfect for a romantic couple’s getaway. All units feature fully-equipped kitchens and separate seating and dining areas.

Some also have private patios with views of the surrounding mountains.

In the bathroom, you’ll find a massive Jacuzzi tub — with many rooms positioning them near the window for amazing views.

Estes Park is known for being the perfect base for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, so there are plenty of things to do nearby.

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Telluride Hotels With Private Hot Tubs

Photo via Inn at Lost Creek

15. Inn at Lost Creek (Telluride)

This luxury boutique property doesn’t skimp on experience.

First of all, their slopeside location means that in winter you can enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to the mountains, while warmer months allow you to hike right from the hotel.

In the morning, a buffet breakfast featuring dishes like smoked salmon and steel cut oats is included (for two).

Make sure to get a treatment in the onsite spa, and enjoy facilities like saunas, hot tubs, pools — even a water slide!

If you’d prefer to hot tub in private, all rooms include a jetted tub, and all (aside for the Studio Room) also include a steam shower.

Traveling with a pet?

This Colorado hotel keeps Fido comfortable with organic treats, sumptuous pet bedding and even doggy spa treatments.

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16. Dunton Hot Springs (Dunton)

Dunton Hot Springs offers some of the most unique and luxurious Colorado cabins with hot tubs that you will find anywhere in the state.

This restored village of miner’s cabins offers an immersive getaway that includes all meals and drinks.

You can spend the day doing various activities like horseback riding and hiking in the summer or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

While guests in all of the cabins have access to multiple natural hot springs and pools, the Well House Cabin is the one to book if you want your own private indoor hot tub.

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Ouray Hotels With Private Hot Tubs

Photo via Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

17. Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs (Ouray)

I stayed at this rustic lodge a few years ago and absolutely loved the redwood outdoor hot tubs.

While technically they’re not private to your room, during my three-night stay I had them all to myself every single time, especially at night under the stars.

Now, these aren’t just any hot tubs; but are filled with local hot spring water that’s great for circulation, pain relief, stress reduction and more.

In the tubs, you’ll be surrounded by lush nature through colorful gardens and views extending up the hillside up toward the mountain tops in the distance.

The lodge is located in the small mining town of Ouray; one of my favorite cities in Colorado.

Make sure to wander down Main Street to check out the local shops, many of which sell handmade goods.

Stop for a delicious “scrap cookie” — made with the previous day’s cookie scraps — at Mouse’s Chocolates & Coffee, and have a steak and local beer at The Outlaw, where you can also wear John Wayne’s cowboy hat.

Finally, don’t miss a 4×4 tour down the “Million Dollar Highway,” a gorgeous 25-mile stretch along Route 550.

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18. Chipeta Lodge (Ridgway)

Chipeta Lodge is one of the best Colorado mountain hotels with private hot tubs.

Located in the town of Ridgway, this hotel is the perfect Rocky Mountains getaway surrounded by nature.

Most rooms at this hotel offer a private outdoor hot tub where you can relax and unwind.

Additionally, the property has solar thermal pools where you can soak and enjoy the surrounding scenery — not to mention a spa if you’re up for some pampering.

The area nearby is known for its great hiking and dark night skies perfect for stargazing.

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Other Colorado Hotels With Private Hot Tubs

Photo via Hilltop Inn & Suites

19. The Hilltop Inn (Broomfield)

This United Kingdom-themed bed-and-breakfast sits right between Boulder and Denver.

Stepping inside is like stepping across the pond and into Great Britain.

There’s even an onsite British Scotch pub serving dishes like beef wellington and scotch eggs alongside events like live Celtic music and whisky tastings.

Make sure to book one of their Jacuzzis, outfitted with a relaxing two-person Jacuzzi tub.

Pour yourself a glass of scotch and unwind in the bubbles after a day exploring the Butterfly Pavilion, hiking in the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and taking in mountain views along the accessible Flatirons Vista loop trail.

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20. Gateway Canyons Resort (Gateway)

One of the most romantic hotels with private hot tubs in Colorado is Gateways Canyons Resort.

This luxurious hotel is located in the secluded Unaweep Canyon in Western Colorado and offers breathtaking views and unspoiled natural beauty.

The resort features multiple swimming pools and hot tubs surrounded by dramatic scenery, two restaurants, and a spa.

Nearby activities include horseback riding, off-road touring, and visiting Arches National Park, which is under two hours away.

Some rooms have their own outdoor hot tubs located on a private patio — perfect for couples who are looking for a romantic retreat or solo travelers looking to treat themselves.

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Photo via Clear Creek Inn

21. Clear Creek Inn (Georgetown)

If you are looking for a hotel with private hot tub in Colorado, Clear Creek Inn located in historic downtown Georgetown is a great option.

This family-run inn is situated in one of Colorado’s most charming small towns, just over an hour west of Denver.

Some of the rooms feature a private in-room Jacuzzi, and there is also a shared hot tub on the roof of the hotel where you can relax with other guests.

Clear Creek Inn is located close to lots of stunning hiking and nature. And if you’re looking to experience something unique, there’s also a glassblowing studio at the hotel where you can take part in demos and lessons.

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Bonus Hotels In Colorado With Private Hot Tubs

Want more options for Colorado hotels and self-contained accommodation with private hot tubs? Check out this map:

It contains listings from Expedia, Booking, VRBO, and more so you can see all of your options.

Right now the map is set to Aspen, though you can easily switch it to your preferred city.

Hotels in Colorado with Hot Tubs FAQs

Looking for more specifics on hotels with hot tubs in the room in Colorado? These questions may help!

Q) What are the top romantic hotels in Denver with private hot tubs?

Some of the best hotels in Denver with hot tub in room include Capitol Hill Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn, Highland Haven Creekside Inn, and Cliff House Lodge.

Q) What are the best Colorado Springs hotels with jacuzzi in room?

The Broadmoor, Courtyard by Marriott Colorado Springs South, and Cliff House at Pikes Peak are some of the best Colorado Springs hotels with a hot tub in the room.

Q) Are there any Colorado ski resorts with private hot tub in the room?

Yes! The Little Nell and the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail are both examples of Colorado ski resorts with a hot tub in the room.

Colorado Travel Insurance

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This is why I recommend always purchasing travel insurance. The scary truth is it only takes one bad accident to lose everything — or be thankful you were covered.

Personally, I use SafetyWing, as they’ve got a large network, offer both short-term and long-term coverage (including limited coverage in your home country), are budget-friendly, and offer $250,000 worth of coverage with just one low overall deductible of $250.

Click here to price out travel insurance for your trip in just a few clicks.

Hiking around Vail

Colorado Tours & Experiences

Once you’ve researched your options for romantic getaways in Colorado with private hot tubs and have secured your accommodation, it’s time to plan your activities.

Here are some ideas for local experiences:

Click here for a guide to vegan food in Denver and click here for all Denver tours & activities, a few of which include:

Hiking Adventure Through Colorado’s Front Range

Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure

Downtown Denver Food Tour

Click here for all Vail tours & activities, a few of which include:

Smartphone Driving Tour Between Denver and Vail/Breckenridge

Bike Tour or Mountain Bike Down Vail Mountain

Half-Day Colorado River Whitewater Rafting Trip

Click here for all Colorado Springs tours & activities, a few of which include:

Colorado Springs Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Garden of the Gods Segway Tour – Juniper Loop

Woods Course Zipline Tour in Seven Falls

Hiking around Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

Click here for all Breckenridge tours & activities, a few of which include:

Half-Day Upper Colorado River Float Tour

Fat Tire Beer & Distillery Tour

Breckenridge Ghost Tour

Click here for all Telluride tours & activities, a few of which include:

Bridal Veil Falls – Guided Tour

Private Telluride Via Ferrata

Half-Day Ice Climbing Adventure

Click here for all Boulder tours & activities, a few of which include:

Boulder’s Best Guided E-Bike Tour

Best of Rocky Mountain National Park from Boulder

Climb the Flatirons (Private Tour)

Bonus Colorado Travel Resources

Colorado Summer: 16 Things To Do In Vail Beyond Skiing

This Is What Happens When You Visit Denver Solo

Conquering Colorado On A Downhill Mountain Biking Adventure

Epic Adventures In Colorado’s Grand County

5 Ways To Experience Aspen Beyond Skiing

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