Hot Springs looked promising. A lot of offbeat attractions like the merman and Zoo with an I.Q. Some would call it a tourist trap. Having been there, I call it one of the worst I've seen. It was packed with people even though tourist season is only just getting started and everything was overpriced from food to admission. There is also no central draw whatsoever, the National Park centers around hot springs that can't actually be seen and a bunch of restored bathhouses. I drove up the N.P. roads to the observation points and was greeted with a wonderful view of the not so attractive Ouachita Mts.
Hot Springs is also the boyhood home of former President Bill Clinton, which makes me feel sorry for him, though I guess for the most part he turned out okay. The most interesting thing I saw was the free spring water fountain. Now the fountain isn't that strange - you turn a spigot and out comes spring water. The unusual thing is the way people were acting toward it. There are parking spaces designated as "Loading Zone 15min Limit" and people were parked there frantically unloading, filling and loading containers full of water from the fountain. I didn't realize that water was expensive enough to drive to Hot Springs, AR to get it free; perhaps there is something special about the water (not according to the sign). If anyone knows of a fountain dispensing 92 octane for free let me know, I'll be there with some containers.