21 February 2019
Known as “The Natural State” for its stunning mountain vistas and clear running streams, Arkansas is a Southern state where harmony meets nature. Cities like Little Rock, Hot Springs and Bentonville offer a cosmopolitan feel, while a visit to the Eureka Springs will reinvigorate you. The Delta region is where the blues were born and Johnny Cash’s musical journey began. Bill Clinton also launched his political path in the state, and sites commemorating the legacies of both Cash and Clinton can be toured today. Here are our top five things you can’t miss during a visit to Arkansas:
Take a Walk Back Through Time
Arkansas has a wealth of history which spans across its vast landscape, with heritage trails documenting land and water routes along the Trail of Tears, Butterfield Trail, Southwest Trail and Civil War Trails. Join any of the heritage trails in Little Rock, where you can visit the Clinton Presidential Centre, the Old State House Museum, and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.
Enjoy Arts and Culture
See the world’s largest collection of American artwork at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This Moshe Safdie-designed museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building and is in set squarely in Arkansas’s pastoral wilderness. Guest amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a Museum Store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
Explore the Arkansas Outdoors
The Arkansas Ozark Mountain Region offers exciting and inspiring year-round outdoor adventures for travellers of all ages. The Arkansas Ozarks provide a look into the state’s rich history and is a stunning backdrop for a range of outdoor activities such as trout and lake fishing, water boarding and skiing, hiking, horseback riding, cycling, canoeing on America’s First National River, zip lining, and golfing.
Search for Diamonds
Find your diamond in one of the world’s largest volcanic craters and then get it certified at the park’s Diamond Discovery Centre. Located in Murfreesboro, this is a one-of-a-kind experience allows visitors to search a 37-acre plowed field, the eroded surface of a volcanic crater, for a variety of rocks, minerals, and gemstones. Any rock or mineral you find: you can keep! You may bring your own mining equipment to search with, or rent tools from the park.
Take a Soak in the Hot Springs National Park
These 47 thermal springs flow from Hot Springs Mountain to create “The American Spa.” Stop by the modern bathhouse for a soak in them or just enjoy the beautiful vapours rising up into the trees.
Planning a visit to Arkansas? Get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor who can help make your travel dreams a reality.
For more information, visit www.arkansas.com.