Top 10 Romantic Cities
10. Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs, AR's postcard scenery, restaurants, antique shops, spas and hiking trails make it a perfect place to stage a romantic rendezvous. Once a playground for gangsters like Al Capone, the city now attracts couples looking to relax and enjoy natural beauty. A trio of lakes and two nearby state parks set the scene for many outdoor activities in Hot Springs such as horseback riding, fishing and hiking.
Many hotels, spas and traditional bath houses offer the chance to soak in naturally heated, mineral rich spring water. Dance clubs, magic shows, live theater and pubs with live music set the nightlife scene. Oaklawn Jockey Club provides thrilling thoroughbred races from January through April and year-round electronic gaming. Meanwhile, The Gangster Museum of America gives a glimpse into a time when gangsters used the city as a hideout and base for illegal gambling operations.
Where to Stay: The most prominent building in historic downtown's Hot Springs National Park, the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, offers old Southern charm, luxurious mineral baths and classic service.
Hot Spot: For fantastic views of the city, visitors can stroll the Grand Promenade behind historic Bathhouse Row, a half-mile path that leads to a hot springs cascade, quartz veins and sandstone cliffs.