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Beyond the Border: Hot Springs, Arkansas

For a scenic meeting experience outside of Texas, consider Hot Springs, Arkansas—a small city located four hours from Dallas in Hot Springs National Park

By Mitzuko Byres

For a scenic meeting experience outside of Texas, consider Hot Springs, Arkansas. This small city is a four-hour drive from Dallas and is in Hot Springs National Park. The 47 hot springs in and around the town give the area its name. 

Aerial view of downtown Hot Springs || Courtesy of Visit Hot Springs

A sought-after destination for vacationers since the late 18th century—and long before that for Native Americans—these springs emanate from a geological fault in the city’s downtown district. Attendees might partake in the same rejuvenating spa experience of a thermal mineral soak that people have enjoyed for over a century when they visit the historic Bathhouse Row. Charming boutique hotels and national chain hotels offer plenty of accommodations. Attendees might also enjoy the Oaklawn Racetrack Casino, about 26 miles of hiking trails, and Superior Bathhouse Brewing, the only brewery located within a national park.

Within walking distance of Bathhouse Row, the Hot Springs Convention Center boasts 360,000 square feet of event space, making it the largest venue in Arkansas. The versatile space includes 15 meeting rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of clear-span exhibit space. The convention center also provides the convenience of a dedicated catering service. After recent system upgrades implemented throughout the venue, the Hot Springs Convention Center has earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council STAR accreditation. hotsprings.org | nps.gov

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