Hot Springs National Park


Forty years before Yellowstone became the first national park, President Andrew Jackson set aside this place to protect its major natural resource – hot springs. Soon after, bathhouses began to pop up on Central Avenue; eight stand today along what is now known as Bathhouse Row. It’s a highly walkable downtown with nearly 30 miles of trails. The best way to start your day is with breakfast downtown at one of the many great local spots. Continue on foot to the Grand Promenade located behind Bathhouse Row where you’ll find the open springs and jug filling stations where you can BYOB – bring your own bottle – to take home some of the famous spring water. From here, shop, gallery hop or pop into a bathhouse for total immersion into the culture.