Where to Find the Most Beautiful Pools in the U.S.
Using more than 60 top-rated pools often featured in travel magazines BonusFinder.com crunched the numbers from social media to discover which US pools are the most picturesque ones.
When it comes to the Top 10, it became clear that Las Vegas dominates the market, with six of Sin City’s casino pools making the cut. However, there are some hidden gems spread across the country, with amazing swimming spots in states such as New Jersey, Colorado, Maryland, and Arizona also featuring on the list.
Top 10 Most Picturesque Pools in the U.S.
1. Mandalay Bay Beach, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mandalay Bay Beach, a part of the luxury resort’s gigantic 11-acre tropical oasis, offers visitors the perfect opportunity to cool down on a hot Nevada summer day. The picture perfect pool is set on more than 2,700 tons of imported Californian sand (perfect for building sandcastles!) and a 1.6 million gallon wave pool to give that authentic beach feel.
If you are looking to step away from the sun for a while, the resort also has more than 100 beachside bungalows equipped with flat screen TVs, refrigerators, and ceiling fans. The Beach Bar and Grill offers small bites and refreshing cocktails to keep you comfortable throughout the day!
2. Mirage Pool, The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada
Mirage Pool, located at The Mirage just a stone throw away from the Mandalay Bay, offers guests another tropical-themed safe haven for sunny days. Surrounded by palm trees, waterfalls, and cabanas for private use, the Mirage Pool is one of the most stunning pools in the U.S.
3. The Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
Lined with Vermont marble and heated with an oil-burning system, The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, is simply one of a kind. Styled to mirror the Ancient Roman and Greek temples and featuring stunning colonnades, pavilions and Italian sculptures, the pool is worth visiting just for its architectural beauty – not to mention the natural beauty of the Santa Lucia Mountains in the horizon.
4. Barton Springs Pool, Barton Springs, Austin, Texas
Three acres in size, the Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Texas, is an outdoor pool filled entirely with the water from the nearby natural springs. The pool, situated in the 358-acre Zilker Park, is perfect for year-round swimming with the temperatures averaging 68 to 70 degrees.
5. The Tank, Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
If you are looking for something more uncommon, The Tank at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will let you swim next to a 200,000-gallon shark tank aquarium and even take a slide though it with a built-in water slide. The pool complex also has three separate floors with private cabanas.
6. Glenwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
The largest hot springs pool in the world, Glenwood Hot Springs can be found on the Colorado River. Surrounded by the magical view of the Rocky Mountains, Glenwood Springs is a perfect spot for ultimate relaxation. Open around the year, the mineral-filled water is said to help relieve aches and pains, eliminate toxins and provide multiple other health benefits.
7. The Backyard, Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
The pool at Red Rock Casino, known as “The Backyard”, offers visitors a chance to relax as well as have some fun. From hand-crafted cocktails to poolside gaming, the Backyard packs the ultimate Vegas experience in its three-acre pool area.
8. Stadium Swim, Circa Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
If you are looking to catch a game while sunbathing, you should head over to Circa’s rooftop pool. The pool, called Stadium Swim, has a high-definition 40-foot screen that allows you to keep up with any of your favorite sports action while enjoying the views and weather of Las Vegas. The pool has also installed insta-ready selfie walls for those looking to up their Instagram game!
9. Encore Beach Club, Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Looking for a beautiful pool with scenic gardens and signature cocktails? At the Wynn Casino Las Vegas, you can enjoy a luxurious day at the resorts’ pool or one of the fully-equipped poolside cabanas.
10. The Water Club, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa, Atlantic City, New Jersey
If you are visiting Atlantic City, the 3,200-square-foot Roman-style rooftop pool at Borgata Casino should be on your bucket list. The outdoor pool is only accessible to those over the age of 21, so if you are looking for a more relaxing day or a night out without screaming children splashing around with water toys, the Borgata is the perfect spot!
Stunning Pool Getaways from Coast to Coast
Las Vegas is not the only city with a privilege to say that they have some of the most beautiful pools in the country. Some of the most picturesque pools can be found in some of the less obvious locations, from coast to coast and states in between.
Less likely spots such as New Jersey feature regularly on the list with three pools named, along with stunning beauty from Dallas to Baltimore, Honolulu to Coral Gables in Florida, the US is full of amazing swimming spots.
The pools were added to a short list of over 60 of the most picturesque pools from across the US (sourced from travel articles in Conde Nast, TimeOut, CNN, Thrillist and various other articles), each of the following metrics was sourced.
Each destination was then given a normalized score out of 10 for each factor before an average score, also out of 10, across each of the factors was taken.
Note that for each destination, the hashtag or search term that has the highest number of posts was used.
The number of Instagram posts that mention the destination using hashtags.
The number of times that videos mentioning the destination using hashtags have been viewed on TikTok.
The number of views that videos of the pools received from the top 5 videos on YouTube.
Data from Instagram, TikTok and YouTube was gathered on February 10.