This was December 31st so our plan was to quickly visit Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs downtown, buy champagne and food and go to our hotel room with a hot tub to enjoy the rest of the day.
I think Hot Springs mostly attracts local people. The park is not so big, you can visit bath houses if you’re into something like this. There are several of them on the main street. There are multiple driving routes in the park, observation tower and hiking trails. But for us this day was more of a relaxation stop after a long trip.
The weather was terrible and Mississippi river was creating a lot of flooding which forced us to cross the river quickly and go to Arkansas. We chose to drive through Missouri state to have an understanding of how it looks like. I think the difference between some states is clearly seen once you cross the border. Missouri was covered in water everywhere and looked like an agricultural area. Arkansas looked a little more organized and orderly.
Our final stop for the day was Little Rock, the capital of AR. Some of the places to see are Big dam bridge, Riverfront Park and State Capitol. If you want some exercises or walk you can try their downtown Arkansas River Trail.