Hot Springs National Park has natural areas, historic buildings and cultural landscapes. While you are there you can tour the park visitor center in the historic Fordyce Bathhouse, Stroll by the eight historic bathhouses and the Grand Promenade, located within Bathhouse Row National Historic Landmark District, Drive scenic mountain roads--Hot Springs and North Mountain Drives and West Mountain Drive or Picnic on the mountains... Also across from the historic bathhouse row are many little shops and restaurants to enjoy.
While your visiting don't forget to go to the Bucksatff Baths located on bathhouse row to take a bath! It is a very refreshing day! I did and for 60 dollars you will be guided to the dressing room where an attendant provides a bathsheet for you to wear. In the bath halls, you have a private bath tub which your attendant has cleaned and filled with fresh 98-100-degree water. The tubs are large enough for you to stretch out and soak. After the bath you go to a full steam cabinets, then enjoy a Sitz (sitting) tubs filled with 108-degree water. After that you are rinsed off in a needle shower and then lay down on a bed where they apply hot packs to provide heat therapy for specific aches or pains. Then a two-minute cool-down shower is a refreshing, tingling experience and they best part a full-body Swedish massage. Now that is a half of day of being pampered. I loved it!
Hot Springs Mountain Observation Tower Description
The Hot Springs Mountain Observation Tower stands 216 feet, with views of the park and surrounding area. An elevator swiftly takes you to the second level where there you can read about the history of Hot Springs... Then back on the elevator to the top observation deck. It is a breathtaking panorama view of beautiful Hot Springs, the Ouachita Mountains and the surrounding Diamond Lakes area. It's a great way to start off or end a day of sightseeing in beautiful Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Please enjoy the slide show of the tower.
We are leaving tomorrow for Fort Smith, Arkansas. We will be staying right outside of Fort Smith in Barling, Arkansas at the Spring Hill COE park. It is right on the Arkansas River near James W. Trimble Lock & Dam. Our youngest daughter lives near here so we will be hanging out in this vicinity until January 3rd.