More About Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Nestled in Arkansas' Ouachita Mountains about 55 miles southwest of Little Rock, Hot Springs serves as a beacon for outdoor enthusiasts and relaxation seekers from around the country. A network of springs inspires the town's name and attracts a majority of its visitors. In fact, these thermal waters have beckoned travelers for thousands of years, starting with American Indians. Today, visitors flock to the town's Bathhouse Row. Hot Springs' naturally heated springs are protected as part of Hot Springs National Park, but the city and the park are intertwined in such a way that visitors may feel like they're staying in the park itself.
While Arkansas may not immediately come to mind when travelers think about dining, entertainment and shopping, the modest town of Hot Springs also checks all those attractions off the list with its casino, water park and wide variety of restaurants and boutiques. Meanwhile, the city's rich history and unique buildings delight amateur (and professional) historians and architects. Still, the main reasons to visit are to bathe in the town's namesake hot springs and revel in the surrounding wilderness.