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Mercey Hot Springs

Distance: 257 miles one-way. In the resort's guest book, filled with many comments of the "relaxing" variety, one particular scribble caught my eye: "There are ghosts!" The signatory gave no details, but I could easily imagine that old Mercey Hot Springs is steeped in stories of life and death. The story goes that Native Americans journeyed to the springs with their sick to partake of the mineral-rich, supposedly medicinal waters. In 1912, a hotel here first hosted paying guests along what once was a stagecoach route but now is a hot, middle-of-nowhere dot off Interstate 5. -- Susan Derby
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