|We love going to dog friendly Arkansas!|
During one of our cross country trips we traveled to the Southern part of Arkansas to the beautiful historic town of HOT SPRINGS, where natural hot springs created the popularity of this town. There's a Scenic Highway Route that heads South from Interstate 40 that is so lovely. It takes a bit longer to get there via the scenic route but it's so worth the ride. The long, winding road through beautiful mountains leads straight into the town of Hot Springs.
|Natural Hot Springs can be found around all the town of Hot Springs.|
The natural hot springs created the establishment of bathhouses in the 1800's, where people went to bathe in the natural hot springs in search of health and healing. The properties on Bathhouse Row have been beautifully restored and preserved for historic purposes.
Today there are spa's in Hot Springs but they are more about overall health and wellness than only bathing in natural spring water. However, you can still soak in the natural spring water in some of the spas and resort hotels along bathhouse row and in other parts of the town. The most interesting part of "Bathhouse Row" is the beautiful architecture and the history behind the bathhouses.
The historic Arlington Hotel is a focal point in the town of Hot Springs. If we had made reservations in advance we could have stayed at this beautiful, dog friendly hotel! The hotel even has it's own bathhouse. There are several dog friendly hotels in Hot Springs, but I highly recommend advance reservations or you may end up scrambling around trying to find lodging.
|The historic, dog friendly Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas|
|This beautiful statue sits on the road divider that runs in front of the Arlington Hotel.|
Hot Springs also has a bit of a sordid past. It was once an area plagued by organized crime. Illegal gambling, prostitution, and bootlegging were a problem from the late 1800's through the mid 1900's. Strolling through this town surrounded by such natural beauty, it's hard to believe it was once a popular hangout for gangsters like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and other mobsters!
|The infamous Arlington Hotel, popular with old time baseball greats.|
|There is a lot of beautiful architecture in Hot Springs, Arkansas.|
Arkansas has natural beauty in abundance and in general is quite dog friendly. There are lots of attractions and things to do where your dog is welcome throughout the state, especially hiking through the beautiful forest areas. We hope to return to Arkansas many more times in the coming years.
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