Where you’d least expect it, lush forests watered by rushing rivers are blanketed by a warm layer of mist. It rises from the surface of natural hot springs like cozy socks pulled up around your ankles. And as you follow the steam to its origin, the sound of waterfalls are also faintly audible in the distance, as if gently whispering “shhh” to the world beyond this oasis. Where is this delectable destination? Hot Springs, Arkansas, hidden in plain sight in the Ouachita Mountains. If you’re wondering where to stay in Hot Springs, read on and pack for a relaxing getaway.
Soak It All In
The Hot Springs National Park and the Bathhouse Row are popular Hot Springs sights, and a lot of visitors arrange accommodation in the area. Located on the south side of the national park, Bathhouse Row is a historic thoroughfare lined with the original, early 20th-century spas, where people from all over the Ozarks gathered to soak away their troubles in the mineral-rich pools.
Downtown Hot Springs features a selection of affordable accommodation options that range from simple budget inns to luxury spa resorts. Running through the center of the national park, the city center is literally surrounded by exquisite mountain vistas. To the east, hike to The Gorge, pausing first at the Hot Springs Mountain Tower observation deck for a bird’s eye view.
To take full advantage of the city’s secluded and scenic location and book Hot Springs hotels beyond the city center. Beneath the open sky and the gorgeous Ozark Mountains, keep an eye on the stars. If your wish is to glide away on an adventure, it’s about to come true, wise wanderer.
Adventure as Far as the Eye Can See
If you have some spare time in your itinerary between the soaking and stargazing, venture out to nearby Little Rock, the state capital. Located 55 miles northeast of Hot Springs, Little Rock boasts the Arkansas State Capitol Building and William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Spend a quiet afternoon pouring over the pages and venture into the Arkansas wilds to contemplate new discoveries.
Named for the small rock formation that marked the south bank of the river for explorers like you, Little Rock is more than a stop along a trade route. These days, Rock Town is the metropolitan counterpart to the awe-inspiring Hot Springs. Major arts venues, including the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, share the historic city with unique and charming attractions, including the Esse Purse Museum—one of only three handbag museums in the world.
The days ahead are brimming with relaxation and natural wonder. Inhale the warm vapors of the Ozarks and soak it all in. Book cheap hotels in Hot Springs with Travelocity for the best deals available, thanks to our price-matching guarantee. Whether your journey takes you to a historic bathhouse, a mountaintop, or through the cities of Central Arkansas, Hot Springs is the perfect place to call your home away from home.
Last Updated On March 10th 2017