Outdoors and Adventure

Best Places to Cool Off

Take the edge off the dog days of summer with our picks for the best places to cool off in the US, from natural swimming holes to man-made fountains.

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Crown Fountain, Chicago
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Crown Fountain, Chicago

Designed by Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain in Chicago's Millennium Park consists of two 50-foot towers of glass blocks facing each other across a black granite plaza. The plaza becomes a 1/8th-inch-deep pool, allowing visitors to essentially "walk on water."

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