Renowned for its healing waters, which earned it national park status in 1921, Hot Springs, the boyhood home of Bill Clinton, has soothing thermal pools used by Native American tribes long before the arrival of 16th-century explorer Hernando DeSoto. The park’s most prominent edifice is the Arlington, a grand old Southern hotel known for its third-floor Thermal Bathhouse & Spa. Among the more popular treatments at the Arlington, once patronized by the likes of F.D.R., Babe Ruth, and Al Capone, is the Hydrotherapy (thermal mineral water whirlpool bath) and Massage Combo. The hotel pipes the identical spring waters used on historic Bath House Row into its spa. Hotel guests enjoy full privileges at nearby Hot Springs Country Club, which dates to 1898. Walk in the footsteps of Golden Era champions on the Park Course, a player-friendly design by Willie Park, Jr.; or take on the more challenging Arlington Course, a rolling, wooded layout renovated a few years ago by Coore & Crenshaw.
Hot Springs, Ark.