Best Resort Town
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Originally named Hot Springs, the small town of Truth or Consquences, New Mexico, has been a destination for dippers since settlers discovered the area's geothermal bounty in the late 1800s. Though the town renamed itself after a popular NBC radio show in 1950 – host Ralph Edwards did a broadcast from the spot afterward – warm waters have remained central to the 6,000-person settlement's identity. Today, 10 small hotels and spas offer bath house access in the downtown historic district. The best of the bunch is the Ted Turner-owned Sierra Grande Lodge, a luxurious getaway on the National Register of Historic Places that serves as a great place to soak between boating trips on nearby Elephant Butte Reservoir.