Hot Springs, Arkansas

Spa City

Hot Springs, Arkansas, is the closest city to Hot Springs Village. Part of the Louisiana Purchase, it became famous for the natural hot springs that gave it its name, and the springs were protected as a national park. Hot Springs National Park gave rise to a bathing industry in the 1800s, as the springs were believed to have medicinal value, and Hot Springs has been called the “American Spa” ever since.

Today, the National Park Service preserves eight historic bathhouse buildings known as Bathhouse Row on Central Avenue. Downtown Hot Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is known for its art deco architecture, horseracing and thriving arts community, including the annual Hot Springs Music Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Capital Culture

Just 45 minutes from Hot Springs Village, Little Rock offers bigger city options for shopping, entertainment and employment, and it’s closer than you might think. With national museums, a symphony orchestra and a thriving arts and entertainment scene so close, it’s easy to drop in for an evening out.

Benton, Arkansas

One of the most colorful characters in American history – Thomas Hart Benton — is responsible for the thriving central Arkansas community’s name. Located halfway between Little Rock and Hot Springs along I-30, Benton makes a perfect home base for those wanting to visit both communities while partaking of Benton’s charms as well.

The discovery of bauxite ore, the source ore for aluminum, is the reason this area of Saline County was settled. This is only place in the United States where it has been feasible to commercially mine the aluminum. The industry took hold in this area in 1899 with top output coming during World War II, when demand increased because German subs were sinking foreign ore ships. The mining thrived for many, many years before the high grade, low silica bauxite ore gave out.

Bryant, Arkansas

The central Arkansas community Bryant bears the distinction of surrounding the geographical center of the state. A historical marker on Ark. 5 next to Pinecrest Cemetery in Saline County marks the spot.

“Geographical Center of Arkansas is a Few Steps North of This Highway” Erected by the Arkansas Society Daughters of the American Colonists Arkansas Centennial 1936”

Early residents of the town were pioneers of European descent traveling through the area on their way to Texas. When they came to Hurricane Creek, it was too high for crossing so they camped for several days while waiting for the waters to recede. As they explored the area, they fell in love with the scenic beauty of the forests and decided to stay.