ping up in February will be the Coca-Cola exhibit, and past shows
include exhibits on the work of Dale Chihuly, Charles M. Schulz,
Oscar de la Renta and more. The facility offers more than 20,000
square feet for group events in a variety of venues, including the
Great Hall, which overlooks downtown Little Rock.
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs
There are many charms to the bustling city of Hot Springs, but the
top draw is still the hot springs from which the area received its
name. Hot Springs National Park is located downtown, and the
famed Bathhouse Row still offers relaxing spa experiences.
Soak in the soothing waters at Buckstaff Bathhouse, enjoy a contemporary spa experience at Quapaw Baths and Spa, or learn the
history of the natural flowing springs at Fordyce Bathhouse. Visitors
can also sip waters of a different kind in the new Superior Brewery,
located in the old Superior Bathhouse.
“You can walk down Central Avenue and have bathhouses on one
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
side and shopping on the other,” says Steve Arrison, CEO for the
Hot Springs CVB. “There’s plenty to occupy groups, which is why
the city entertains 3 million people every year.”
Planners can arrange tours of the park, from hikes along the
hills to a history tour of Bathhouse Row itself. Hot Springs has a
fascinating history, full of politics, gangsters and drama, but it’s also
important to remember that the springs were there first; before it
was discovered by white explorers, the area drew Native Americans.
Once the region became part of the U.S. through the Louisiana Pur-
chase, Hot Springs was the first national park to be created, beating
even the venerable Yellowstone National Park by decades.
Art and natural beauty come together at Crystal Bridges, located in
the northwest corner of the state. The museum itself was designed
by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, and it opened in 2011 to
worldwide acclaim; it was the only American site listed on Travel +
Leisure’s Hottest Travel Destinations in 2012.
Bathhouse, Hot Springs