Portlanders escape the city's summer heat to perch and picnic on rocks and swim amidst these fast flowing streams. Jump off the bridge, explore rocky outcrops and the river's edge, surrounded by epic mountain ranges all around you.
Hoist yourself up past the main busier waterfall and swimming hole and keep walking to find your own little spot to strip off completely and swim in the bare. Enjoy rope swings, rocks climbs, mossy waterfall slippery slides and all-day picnics.
Surrounded by lush forest and snow-capped mountains, this lake is best visited in spring or summer when the water level is at its highest. Each year the snow melts, the lake expands to cover much of the surrounding park.
Winding through the rainforest on this small but beautiful island, Wanggobla Creek boasts white sands and clear, icy waters. It’s less famous than Eli Creek, so if you’re looking for somewhere a little less crowded then this will be right up your street.
A dip in these stunning pools on the Scottish Isle of Skye is not for the faint hearted. Even in summer, the temperatures are bracing, but the pools more than make up for this with their crystal-clear waters and ethereal charm.
Thee beautiful and isolated Semuc Champey is something of a Holy Grail amongst backpackers in South America. Located in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, this stunning chain of turquoise stepped pools, and enticing caves offers endless swims.